House of the Week | Annapolis contemporary for $4.95 million

Even if contemporary homes weren’t a rarity in Annapolis, this house would stand out. Its unusual architecture is “so atypical Annapolis,” said Michael Moore of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, who is the listing agent along with Melanie Hayes for the property. “Annapolis tends to be very traditional, and this one is not.”

Designed by Annapolis architect Joseph Boggs, the house was custom built in 1993 for owners Harvey and Jan Stein. Boggs said he wanted to create “a warm, intimate feeling that embraces the water.”

Light pours through the myriad windows and flows throughout the home. The abundance of glass encourages a melding of the outdoors with the indoors, tricking the eye as to where one stops and the other begins.

Unexpected sculptural lines create intimate spaces within the open-floor plan. Canted and splayed walls draw in from one angle and push out from another. Wheel chair accessibility is unobtrusively incorporated into the first-floor design, allowing for ease of movement for anyone whose mobility is impaired or who is considering aging in place.

A spacious kitchen with a seating area and a gas fireplace fosters entertaining. The master bedroom includes dual walk-in closets, a wood-burning fireplace and a hand-crafted spiral staircase that climbs to a loft.

An expansive back yard rolls gently down to Wells Cove in Spa Creek, where a 100-foot dock has four slips for boats. The creek is an estuary of the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River.

About one mile from the city dock in Annapolis, the 5,250-square-foot, three-level home is situated on a little more than an acre and three subdivided lots.

“There are two buildable lots that are incorporated in the whole parcel,” Moore said. “If someone wanted to live in this house and build a guesthouse or two guesthouses, there are two buildable lots.”

The four-bedroom, four-bath home is on the market for $4.95 million.

Listing: 203 President St., Annapolis | video

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Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market.
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