Chestertown Victorian pays tribute to its history

Desirable Spaces

114 Washington Ave. has been modernized with integrity

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March 19, 2014|By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun

Picture a Victorian mansion in move-in condition that could function as a bed-and-breakfast, a home for a growing family, or just a place for anyone hankering for a bygone time. This 19th-century home at 114 Washington Ave. in Chestertown on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay fits the bill.

"What I like best about the house is the enthusiasm with which the owners researched [the home's history] and tried to restore it as authentically as they could," said Terry Stafford, an agent with Keller Williams American Premier Realty LLC and the listing agent for the property, which is priced at $675,000. "They did everything they could to incorporate modern-day living while being authentic to the [age of] the house."

The owners bought period paints and wallpaper from Bradbury & Bradbury in New York. They also focused on architectural details in the living room, library, dining room and kitchen, where they repaired hardwood floors, chair railings, crown molding and fireplace mantels. At the same time, they upgraded kitchen appliances.

Within the home's three floors — with six bedrooms and six bathrooms and 3,300 square feet of living space — there are amenities such as recessed lighting, ornate ceiling plaster work, a security system and period drapes, drapery rods, shades and blinds. A central tower offers a view of Chestertown. Nearby Washington College offers activities, cultural events and entertainment for local residents and visitors alike.

"[Whoever] buys this house is going to appreciate the details the owners preserved," Stafford said. "The buyer will be a person who feels the warmth of the house."

The specs

Address: 114 Washington Ave., Chestertown 21620

List price: $675,000

Year built: 1860

Living space: 3,300 square feet

Taxes: $6,115.00

Listing agent: Terry Strafford, Keller Williams American Premier Realty LLC

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