Two of the five houses I have called home have been Craftsman styled bungalows and the front elevation of this sophisticated bungalow immediately caught my eye. Lining the street is a hedge broken by a white gate on axis with the front door. The elegant gate design with posts between the two gate doors with curved top rails and spindles above panels with black strap hardware beckons one up a paved path framed by plantings to the full front porch articulated with delightful oversized white columns creating a three-bay façade. The deep porch has rattan seating groupings on each corner overlooking the front garden. The entry door in the center bay has a graceful elliptical arched transom with half glass-half paneled sidelights. The corner bays each have a triple-unit windows inset into the shake siding. The slate roofline is broken by a wide shed dormer with three windows each with deep blue shutters. The accumulated effect is one of elegant symmetry.
Once inside the foyer/gallery, two wide wall openings lead to the living room that spans the full depth of the original house. Another wide wall opening to the dining room is on axis with the double windows at the side of the room. The deep living room has a fireplace as the focal point of its side exterior wall with windows on either side and a single window at the rear overlooking the rear garden. Several seating areas break down the large room into intimate areas for conversation. I could well imagine have an aperitif in this elegant room and hearing a pianist play softly on the grand piano as background to pre-dinner conversations. The dining room Hepplewhite chairs, antique armoire and pale tones of color create a serene space to linger over a dinner party.
Beyond the dramatic stair that connects four floors is another wide wall opening into the open plan family room, breakfast room and gourmet kitchen next to the dining room for an easy flow among rooms. The rear of the family room has a deep recessed area that reminded me of an inglenook with its fireplace between two windows with seats below and the triple windows at the side that bring sunlight throughout the day. Between two storage closets on the breakfast area wall is built-in millwork with a countertop that becomes a buffet for informal meals. French doors and full sidelights lead to the deck overlooking the rear yard.
Being a cook, I loved the layout and interior design of the kitchen. The vista from the breakfast area is to a large island in front of the rear wall cooking/baking area. The cabinets below the island are finished in dark wood as a contrast to the other white cabinets. The hipped copper standing seam hood, the granite countertops and the tiled backsplash add color and texture. The side wall of cabinets spans between the two dining areas with more white cabinets, white farmhouse sink and stainless steel appliances.
The second floor contains four bedrooms, located at the corners for windows on two sides and detailed with soft wall colors, wood floors and plantation shutters over the windows to manipulate for the level of desired privacy. The master suite at the front corner of the house has a large walk-in closet and a sumptuous bath. The bath a large free-standing shower with glass walls against a tiled background and a pebbled floor. The dual lavatories are separated by an antique chest for linen storage against the wainscot paneled wall that surrounds the room.
The third floor open plan is stunning with four columns at the stairs to break up the space into separate areas. One side is set up as a studio I greatly envied with a drafting table, built-in millwork and an antique armoire between two quarter-circle windows. The other side is set up as an office with a beautiful antique writing desk and chair opposite a Palladian window and built-in millwork along one wall that would certainly inspire any writer. The hardwood floors unite the spaces and the light from the end windows, high windows at the stair landing, knee walls of different heights and the white walls and ceiling plane create remarkable interior architecture.
The lower level bonus room has high windows, windows at the “U” shaped stair landing and light wall and ceiling finishes to brighten the below-grade space. The large room has areas for watching TV or a game of pool.
A magnificent property with an exquisite bungalow that has been fully restored, updated for modern living and lovingly maintained. The interiors are enhanced by the highest quality materials and finishes including quarter-sawn white oak floors, deep base moldings, stone and slate custom gas fireplace and mantle. Outdoor rooms of the deep front porch with two seating areas or private rear deck expand your living space. Sited on a corner double lot with specimen magnolia trees and plantings that change throughout the season with room for pool or two-car garage. Adjacent to Acton’s Landing Park with a public dock to launch your kayak or small watercraft -Bellissima!
For more information about this property, contact Marcia Zercoe with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 410-280-5600 (o), 410-280-5600 (c) or email@example.com. For more photographs and pricing, visit www.ttrsir.com/eng/sales/detail/279-l-83010-9ht78q/8-n-acton-pl-annapolis-md-21401, “Equal Housing Opportunity”.
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.