One of my favorite residential architectural styles are the Period Cottages dating from the 1920’s and 1930’s in the US and this charming cottage in Historic Annapolis has many elements of this style. The steep roof pitch and cross gables create delightful interior architecture with this house’s third floor tucked under the roof eaves and the stucco exterior walls impart its warm, storybook character. From the street, the house appears to be two stories tall but the site slopes to the rear to reveal a partial basement and shed dormers that adds headroom to the third floor so there are living spaces on four floors.
I loved the house’s simple curb appeal with the white picket fence, creamy white stucco walls and the crisp detail of the windows inserted into the stucco with slate blue shutters. The two-bay front elevation is articulated with the front door at one corner covered by gable roof over the brick stoop and the side porch off the kitchen that is set back from the front elevation with a cross gable. The quirky and very appealing difference in window header heights is due to the stair being behind the front wall that adds more charm.
The front door opens into the living room that spans the depth of the house with a vista of hardwood floors, rusticated stone fireplace surround and hearth and a seating group arranged below the full wall of windows that wraps around the corner. Double French doors lead to a cozy sunroom with wrap-around windows on three sides. The living room is connected to the dining room by a wide wall opening and the open plan dining and kitchen area was my favorite space. The rear wall of windows and door leads to the deck suspended over the rear yard and covered by a pergola for al-fresco meals. Stairs from the deck lead to the fully fenced yard below. The stylish radiator cover at the side of the dining area is just the right height to become a serving board.
I loved the layout of the kitchen with its double wide island with the sink and range opposite each other centered between a row of white cabinets with bead board backsplash and the informal banquette. The color palette of wood floors, wood countertops, blue accent of the island base cabinets and the exquisite detailing of the banquette with its blue & white floral wallpaper climbing up the sides and ceiling over the banquette creates an irresistible space. The rear wall of the banquette is clad in white bead board with recessed shelves behind the seat back and glass fronted cabinets above. The side windows with their Roman shades’ pattern that matches the wallpaper, the blue and white rattan French bistro seats and the white marble table top creates a space in which one could easily linger over that last cup of morning java or enjoy an informal meal.
The second floor master suite has a spacious bedroom with a row of windows at the rear overlooking the landscape, a custom closet layout and a bath with luxurious finishes. There are two other bedrooms on the second floor and the third floor has another room that could be a bedroom since there is another full bath on that level. The bedroom/office has a shed dormer with a row of windows for a tree-top view. There are year round views of Spa Creek from the third floor and the master bedroom and main level rooms have views of Spa Creek in the winter.
The original lower level garage has been converted into an entertaining space with a den, bar area and full bath. Sliding glass doors open onto the paved parking area and the original slate blue half French garage doors are now full “shutters”.
Period cottage charm with four levels of living space, sunny rooms, fenced rear yard, water access close by for launching your kayak or paddleboards, all in the Historic Annapolis- simply irresistible!
For more information about this property, contact Ryan Turner with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Annapolis Church Circle at 410-263-8686 (o),443-223-0743 (c) or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more photographs and pricing visit https://www.coldwellbankerhomes.com/md/annapolis/79-shipwright-st/pid37993552/,“Equal Housing Opportunity”. Photography by Michele Sheiko, Real Patience, 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.