When Peggie Pendergast moved to Maryland from a four-bedroom, Colonial-style home in Syracuse, N.Y., it was for love and practicality.

"All my children are here; my two grown sons, Samuel and Daniel Galvagno, and my grandchild," she said of her new home.


And not just in Maryland, but really here, within walking distance from her 155-year-old townhouse in Fells Point.

Pendergast and her husband, 60-year old David Pendergast —who manages a real estate office in upstate New York during the week — knew that it was time to downsize. They also thought city living would suit them perfectly, especially with their 25-year-old daughter, Kelley, living with them.

The couple bought their completely renovated, three-story, brick home for $499,000. They moved in the first week of April 2014.

"All I did was to go through the house and paint everything white," said Peggie Pendergast, a 65-year-old Realtor now working for Long & Foster. "It is good to start with a clean slate."

Letting go of their former life was a cinch, since they sold every piece of furniture except for a few antiques and their bedroom suite. They would buy all the furniture they needed for their 2,085-square-foot home locally.

A sense of calm and order greets visitors stepping beyond the front door of the Pendergasts' home. Polished pine flooring runs on a diagonal in the 15-foot-wide living room and, as the house has an open layout, continues on a direct path from the adjacent dining room to the back door of the 70-foot-deep interior.

Abundant natural light floods the first level, thanks to the windows on the north wall along the home's sally port. It is in that middle section of the layout that Peggie Pendergast has placed a 78-by-30-inch oak dining table she and her husband purchased from Su Casa in Fells Point. An oak bench traverses the south wall, while four chairs are placed along the remaining sides.

From this table, one can look forward to the living room and backward to the kitchen.

The living room is an eclectic mix of antique decor, such as a corner rocking chair, and contemporary pieces, such as the white, duck-cloth love seat and chaise longue combination piece. Not overloaded with furniture, the room nonetheless is comfortable, with colored pillows on the sofa and a flat-screen TV across the room from it.

"If you live with less, you're actually happier," Pendergast said.

The U-shaped kitchen addition at the far end of the house boasts four large skylights that illuminate walnut cabinets, dark granite countertops and stainless appliances. Four steel bar stools with wooden seats are neatly arranged ahead of the kitchen's very large L-shaped island, also topped in granite.

"[My] favorite room in the house is definitely the kitchen," Pendergast said. "This is the place for family gatherings — early morning coffee with sun ushered in through the skylights, and nighttime coffee and dessert."

The entire south wall of the home on all three levels is natural brick, providing a textural contrast to the white walls and carpeted stairway. The home's second level contains Kelley Pendergast's bedroom at one end of the hall and a combination guest bedroom-office at the other.

The master bedroom suite takes up the entire third level and is designed in dark wood and a mission style. Peggie Pendergast calls the Jacuzzi tub in the marble and ceramic master bathroom a "hangout." One's imagination may or may not run wild, but a haven for relaxation most immediately comes to mind.


An outdoor flight of stairs accessed from the master suite leads to the rooftop deck that the couple plans to extend to allow better views of the harbor and accommodate an urban garden.

All is well in Peggie Pendergast's world, especially when she treats herself to area exploration.

"I walk across the street and I'm on the promenade," she said. "There I can walk around the harbor from Canton to Tide Point."

If you go

Peggie Pendergast's home is one of several Fells Point homes open to the public next Sunday from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the Preservation Society's Historic Harbor House Tour. For more information, go to PreservationSociety.com or call 443-974-8738.