By: Tracy Mitchell Griggs
For years, Vic Pascoe made the long trek from his home in Rockville to Annapolis where he docked his boat. By 1998, weary of the commute, he decided to relocate nearby to the historic community of Eastport. “Eastport is all about the boating and being on water,” says Pascoe, a real estate agent with Keller Williams and former Eastport Civic Association president. “I kept boats here forever but finally decided I wanted to live where I kept my boat.”
Pascoe rehabbed a 1905 three-bedroom duplex in 2000 and still keeps a slip for his craft at a nearby marina. His renovation includes a sailboat hatch leading to a rooftop deck. “Friends visit and say, ‘You’re on vacation all the time,’ ” says Pascoe, 51, adding that he likes knowing his neighbors and being able to walk everywhere.
In fundamental ways, Eastport has not strayed far from its nautical roots. The peninsula is surrounded on three sides by water, and its farmland eventually gave way to plots laid out around a grid of streets in the 1800s, providing watermen access to the creeks.
Simple dwellings sprouted to provide housing for boat builders, sail makers and those plying their trade in the maritime industry.
Sprinkled amid early 19th- and 20th-century bungalows, duplexes, single-family residences and newer condominiums, shops are a reminder of the history of this now-gentrified waterman’s enclave.
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