It's a rare opportunity to own a piece of early American history, much less live within its four walls. Built in 1776 (yes, you read that correctly), the house at 179 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis is a restored masterpiece of Colonial architecture.
Currently the home of Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, this four-story detached brick structure is on the market for $1.825 million.
The gracious flow of Georgian interior design begins at the front entrance, where a gabled porch supported by columns covers a grand door capped by an arched transom. Large, elegantrooms are situated off the wide center hall with its wood flooring.
"It is grand, but feels [like a] home," said listing agent Kathleen Coale with Lacaze Meredith Real Estate, a Long & Foster company. "The floors and the steps are shallow and comfortable. You just know they've been walked on thousands of time. There's comfort in that."
The large dining room and living room are connected with arched openings and there are original shutters on the interior sash windows.
Five bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two powder rooms ensure plenty of room for guests, while two wood-burning fireplaces promise warmth on cool evenings. There is a family room off the eat-in kitchen.
Architectural detail abounds throughout the home, including crown molding, chair railings and carved fireplace mantels.
A private outdoor courtyard is perfect for entertaining. A two-car garage, plus two additional spaces in the driveway, allow for hassle-free parking.
Best of all, the home is within walking distance to shops, restaurants and Annapolis' City Dock.
"This is a house for people who like history, for people who are into antiques and appreciate things that last forever," Coale said. "The house is in beautiful condition and everything is updated."