Hot House: ‘Peggy Stewart House’ 207 Hanover Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
National Historic Landmark brick (English bond) Georgian with slate roof, circa 1764. Three stories with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,756 sq. ft.. Panoramic views of Maryland State House, harbor and old town Annapolis. Gourmet kitchen with Sub-zero and granite, master suite w/separate shower and bath, sunroom overlooking .4 manicured acres, 250-year old boxwood gardens, 8-car garage, unfinished basement and attic, widow’s walk: $2,800,000 (was $3.2 million)
What: Serious historic mansion in pleasant urban environs. Although the Declaration of Independence’s least famous signer, Thomas Stone, lived here in the 1780’s, it’s called the Peggy Stewart house after the ill-fated cargo ship (and daughter) of an earlier owner, wealthy Annapolis merchant Anthony Stewart. In 1774, Stewart made the mistake of paying the hated British tax on the Peggy Stewart’s cargo of tea as it sat in the Annapolis harbor. Angry citizens forced him to set fire to it, in an event called “the Annapolis Tea Party.” The house has been well preserved since that time, with a few additions and thoughtful renovations, and its historic and architectural authenticity is well intact. The rooms are generously proportioned, with 9’ ceilings and original details. The kitchen is not huge, but big enough, with an original wood burning fireplace, a butler’s pantry and views out to beautiful gardens. The glass enclosed sunroom works as a casual eating room, also with lovely views. Current owner Paige Lescure is a lawyer, of counsel to Miles and Stockbridge, currently at the University of Maryland Law School. She raised four daughters here, as well as a large Great Dane.
Where: Hanover Street, at the corner of Maryland Avenue, in the heart of historic Annapolis. Walk everywhere – Naval Academy, St. Johns College, harbor, State House. About a 40-minute drive to D.C. — maybe a little less to downtown Baltimore.
Why: Widow’s walk with picture-postcard Annapolis views – State House, harbor, Naval Academy, St. Anne’s church.
Why Not: Annapolis not glitzy enough for us. Rather be in Baltimore…
Would Suit: Martin O’Malley family. House has good campaign-headquarters possibilities — if anyone was running for office, say.
NB: On the market for $3.2 million in 2013 and recently reduced, it was purchased in 2001 for just $310,000 according to Zillow.