Annapolis home is best of old, new

The Baltimore Sun

History has never looked as good as it does at the home on Duke of Gloucester Street in downtown Annapolis. While historic homes are the norm in this area, this tidy single-family home with Colonial-blue shutters and a green tin roof is a successful blend of old and new.

Old studs, new faux-painted walls. Old exposed brick, new walnut floors. Old slate fireplaces, new granite countertops. Old glass windows, new stained-glass inserts.

Victoria and Ron Duncan, the relatively new owners (they've lived in the house for just over a year), worked with an old pro -- John Pilli Jr. of Pilli Development Co. -- to renovate the circa-1800s home, starting from the studs.

The renovation includes a new office and family room addition, a master suite with a roomy closet, a gourmet kitchen and a 500-bottle wine cellar. The wood cabinetry and built-ins throughout the home were handmade onsite by an Amish millwork and cabinet company.

Victoria Duncan says they're selling to move to the next place where they can make their mark.

About the house --The home has four finished levels and three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The bedroom on the top floor has a view of the Maryland State House. The main level has a living room, kitchen, office and family room and a sunlit gathering space leading to a patio with brick pavers. The lower level is a combination of finished walls and exposed brick and includes an entertainment area. Parking spaces are provided in the rear of the home.

Address --211 Duke of Gloucester St. No. 1, Annapolis

Asking price --$2,295,000

Taxes --$9,015

Size --About 4,000 square feet, including three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. Features --Walnut and heart-of-pine flooring; professional kitchen appliances, including Sub-Zero refrigerator and Wolf range; four fireplaces, including one in the kitchen and another in the master bedroom; custom Amish-made cabinetry and built-ins; vaulted ceilings in family room; second-floor laundry room; master bath with slipper tub; stained-glass window and door; wine cellar.

Where --Downtown Annapolis area of Anne Arundel County

Listing agent --Barbara Jackson, Coldwell Banker; 410-224-2200 (office) or 410-279-5710 (cell).

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