This classic Georgian Revival home, built in 1917, is sited on a prominent double lot in the “water block” of the highly sought after neighborhood of Murray Hill. The beautifully restored and lovingly maintained house with rooms over four levels has all of the architectural elements of the Georgian style-brick facades laid in Old English bond, hipped slate roof, full front porch broken by a gable that extends slightly beyond the front edge of the porch, fluted columns and symmetrical windows and shutters. The exquisite arrangement of the six-panel front door topped with an elliptical transom with both semicircular and elliptical arches of glass is flanked by half paneled, half glass sidelights that repeat the overlapping semicircular glass pattern.
The front door opens into a foyer with a clear vista through the center hall to the rear of the house. The stair spans the full width of the hall with an enlarged landing that creates an overlook to the hall below. The beautiful detailing of white balusters, risers and stained wood treads with a hand rail cap ending in a volute and the paneled side wall open to the hall is reflected in the large mirror on the opposite wall as one ascends or descends the stairs. To the right of the center hall is the spacious sitting room that has front, side and rear windows for sunlight throughout the day. The interior architecture of the room is articulated by a three-unit bay window at the rear, the fireplace between the side windows and two fluted columns below a dropped beam that maintains the symmetry of the room by creating an additional sitting area or music room with windows at the front and sides of the space. The beautiful interior design perfectly complements the interior architecture.
In contrast to the sitting room that spans the full depth of the house, the cozy library opposite the center hall has deep green walls, full rear wall of millwork, side fireplace between two high windows and two front windows overlooking the front porch. I could well imagine curling up by the fire on a wintry day to enjoy a new book. Behind the library is the dining room with a paneled wainscot and furnished with antiques and the spacious room is sized for family celebrations.
The rear of the house contains the kitchen, butler pantry, kitchen pantry delightful breakfast nook and a covered porch. Wrap-around windows, cushioned seats at the rear corner that opens to the porch overlooking the landscape and the lap pool below makes the breakfast nook the perfect spot to savor that last cup of morning coffee. The pristine kitchen would be the envy of cooks with its white cabinetry, white marble countertops and full backsplash with subtle gray veining, stainless steel appliances and heated floors. The upper cabinets rise to the underside of the high ceilings and some have glass fronted doors. The abundance of sunlight from windows on three sides and the white and gray color palette give the kitchen a light and airy feel.
At the top of the stairs to the second floor is upper hall with a vista to a cozy sitting nook at the front of the house furnished with a cushioned rattan chaise and a wall of cabinets. The wide doorway with half-glass sidelights filters light into the upper hall interior. On one side of the upper hall are two bedrooms with a shared bath and on the other side is the master suite. The corner master bedroom with a fireplace and the master bath with its luxurious materials and finishes creates a serene retreat. At the rear of the house is a room that could be used as another bedroom, sitting room or office since it has access to both the master suite and also the center hall.
If I were a guest, I would hope to claim the third floor bed-sit suite tucked under the hipped rooflines. I loved how the white knee walls were angled at the sides of each of the three windows with a seats below to increase the penetration of sunlight and the light green walls above the knee walls accentuated the geometry. The white carpet further accentuated the spaciousness and the Lutyens inspired headboard inset into a wall of bookshelves, white bedspread with oversized roses, creates a delightful retreat.
The ground level of the house contains a large family room, bar, full bath bedroom with a bay window and a single car garage. Across the driveway is the fenced rear yard with a brick terrace that is partially covered, three steps above the rear lap pool surrounded by wood fencing and mature landscaping.
Built for the ages with its brick facades, Buckingham slate roof, copper gutters, beautifully preserved interior architectural details and great floor plan for family living and entertaining-a stunning property!
For more information about this property, contact Georgie Berkinshaw with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 410-263-8686 (o), 443-994-4456 (c) or email@example.com. For more photographs and pricing, visit www.gberkinshaw.com, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.
Photography by Michele Sheiko, 443-994-2818
Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.
Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.