Annapolis oasis offers great views

The Baltimore Sun

From this home in a residential oasis in downtown Annapolis, every window offers a view - whether a slice of the city and its waterfront, or a peek at a serene garden.

"You can see the capitol, the steeples, the cityscape, and it's so open with the big windows," said Gary Richardson who, with his wife, Mary, owns the house overlooking Spa Creek.

Eleven-foot ceilings on the first and second floors add to a sense of openness in the house, which is a short walk from the business district, but seems a world apart from its daytime bustle and nightlife.

The house is a traditional style with a twist: The first floor has two guest rooms; to go upstairs to the main living area, walk up a broad staircase or take the elevator. The second floor includes a living room with a gas fireplace and a spacious dining room.

Upstairs, the master bedroom's dressing area has a wall of closets, plus a walk-in cedar closet. Skylights add natural light above the staircase.

Another upstairs bedroom serves as a sitting room, its glass doors leading to a covered balcony and a vantage of Spa Creek. For a 360-degree bird's-eye view, there's a rooftop deck accessible by a pull-down ladder in the laundry room.

Though enchanted by the setting's vistas, Gary Richardson said it's time to move. With their children grown and settled, "we need to be getting smaller," he said.

About the house --Built in 1971, the house was renovated by the Richardsons, who added an elevator that can hold two or three people. Acting as their own general contractor, they enclosed a second-floor balcony to expand the dining room and kitchen, providing each with a wall of windows looking toward the city and water, separated by the elevator shaft.

They kept the original maple floors throughout much of the house, but most of the first floor and bathrooms got granite tile.

"The granite throughout is laid on the diagonal," Richardson said. Counters and vanity tops are granite as well.

The front entryway has columns on the portico. The wide front walkway is made of slate, and the property is enclosed by a low wrought-iron fence.

Address --2 Southgate Ave., Annapolis, 21401

Asking price --$2.68 million

Taxes --$14,493

Homeowner association fee --$1,600 a year.

Size --The house has 3,860 square feet of living space on three levels. It is on 0.13 acres. A small, detached shed is on the property.

Features --The house can have three or four bedrooms. It has 3 1/2 baths. The redone eat-in kitchen features Plato Woodwork custom cabinetry, granite counters and professional appliances, including a Thermador six-burner gas range.

A laundry room is near the master bedroom. An intercom system allows homeowners to speak with whoever rings the doorbell. Moldings and recessed lighting in many of the rooms add ambience.

The home is one of two single-family houses in Southgate Harbor, a group of residences at the edge of the Murray Hill neighborhood. Outside is a slip that can accommodate a 42- to 44-foot boat, plus a lift for a small boat.

In addition to the garage, the stone-paver driveway can hold four cars, and one parking space is designated for the house in the community lot behind the house. Air conditioning and natural gas heat have three zones.

Listing agent --Joyce H. Hartnett, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Annapolis, 410-919-1850.

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