Built on the water with many built-ins

Desirable Spaces

November 25, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun reporter

It's hard to say which is the front of this contemporary house: the side accessible by boat from Spa Creek or the side accessible from a shaded gravel road.

The waterfront house, in Annapolis' Eastport area, has views from both sides. A wood-shingle-covered porch with a brick floor envelops the first floor.

Walls facing the water are mostly glass - including the dramatic barrel that is the dining room downstairs and loft-style office upstairs. Except for that section, the lines of the house are sleek and angular. The windows offer views of the water, the State House and Annapolis' Historic District - places close enough to walk or bike to.

On the other side, the private gravel street within the seven-home Quarter Landing community ends at the house's circular driveway, where a Japanese maple tree provides leafy grace.

Inside, the downstairs rooms encircle the staircase and open-wood screen; ceilings range from 8 feet in the kitchen to a soaring 14 feet in the living room.

The kitchen and one side of the living room open onto the creek side, where steps lead to the community's boathouse. The other side of the living room, also glassed, faces a rolling lawn.

"There are so many built-ins, I gave a lot of my furniture to my kids," said Annie Compton.

Although the artist and her husband, developer Stephen McAllister, have lived there fewer than three years, they expect to move closer to family in Vermont.

"You can open up all the doors and windows - it's a great party house," she said.

About the house --Architect Charles Lamb, who provided the L for the Baltimore architectural powerhouse RTKL, designed the home for himself and his wife, Marilyn, in 1984. They lived there until 2005. She is responsible for much of the landscaping, which includes azaleas under towering oaks and flowers that pop up in spring. A small pond edged in stone predates the house.

Upstairs, the house has two bedrooms (three if a deep space that can have other uses is counted). The master suite has his-and-hers walk-in closets and a bathroom featuring a deep soaking tub, double shower, twin marble sinks and a dressing nook.

With the door closed, the second bedroom could be a mini-apartment, with a full bathroom, two deep closets, and its own staircase to the two-car garage and outdoors. In addition to a full bathroom, the suite has a mini-kitchen by the house's laundry center.

On the deck, a hot tub that seats six overlooks the water. A third full bathroom is on the first floor.

Address --92 Quarter Landing Road, Annapolis 21403

Asking price --$3.5 million

Taxes --$20,886

Size --The house is 3,600 square feet. The 0.59-acre lot also contains a building used as a garage, storage shed and workspace, with a greenhouse attached.

Features --The built-ins include a semi-circular buffet, or server, with cabinets and drawers below and recessed china cabinets to the sides. Most floors are oak. Electric forced-air heating and air-conditioning are zoned. A music system for the home was recently installed. The large kitchen has GE Signature appliances and a work island with a wine rack. On the landing between the first and second floors is a library. There's a two-car garage and basement.

Listing agent --Robert Giddings, 410-269-0491, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Annapolis.


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