Desirable spaces: An Annapolis home steeped in history

For The Baltimore Sun

A brick house that sits on the largest available residential lot in the Annapolis Historic District and is steeped in history is on the market for $1.199 million.

The house on about a third of an acre, at 203 Prince George St., is known as the Harry R. England House. It is in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties and the property was associated with the historic John Brice III House.

"Local tradition holds that the building historically was a carriage house associated with the John Brice III House (erected 1766) and was eventually converted into a dwelling; however, no evidence for this, architectural or archival, can be found," according to property information in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. With historical evidence limited, records date the house from 1935, the year England obtained the property. Tax assessments for 1947 point to a two-story home there. It apparently was built on the site of an earlier building as a rental.

Brice (1738-1820) was a lawyer and political leader who held numerous positions locally, including mayor of Annapolis, and was active in the Revolutionary movement.

The nearly 3,500-square-foot Colonial Revival style house, described as an architectural gem, is being sold as-is. It retains many original details, including crown moldings, chair rails and other trim.

"It is an opportunity to create a gem from a diamond in the rough," said Travis Gray, the listing agent.

The home in the Historic District has "its own historical charm to add to the district," he said.

"The size of the lot and location are just premier," Gray said.

"You're only a block from Maryland Avenue," Gray said, noting the State House is among prominent historic sites close by, and the Historic District offers restaurants, shops and cultural attractions.

The light-filled house features wood floors and two wood-burning fireplaces, one in the living room and the other in the family room. French doors from the living room open onto a brick patio with a herringbone pattern and the expansive backyard.

The dining room, flooded with natural light from a big bow window, has corner cabinets and other built-ins. The kitchen features a butler's pantry. A powder room also is on the first floor.

Upstairs, the house has four bedrooms with ample storage and three full bathrooms. The master suite's bedroom features French doors that overlook the yard and the suite has a bathroom with a shower and tub, and a room currently used as an office.

The specs

Address: 203 Prince George St., Annapolis 21401

List price: $1.199 million

Square footage: 3,488

Taxes: $12,502.26 (2016)

Listing agent: Travis Gray, Coldwell Banker, Church Circle Office, Annapolis.

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