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Jan 04, 2013 06:54PM ● By Anonymous


Round Bay

Primary Structure Built: 1917
Sold For: $1,000,000
Original List Price: $1,075,000
Last Sold/Price: 2006/$1,175,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Living Space: 2,956 square feet
Lot Size: .53 acre

Vintage homes are a unique subsection of the real estate market and typically take longer to reach the right price point and purchasing audience. After seven months of wrangling with pricing the previous year, and subsequently delisting, this 95-year-old estate received a contract within two months once it relisted.

The purchasing couple, formerly from McLean, Virginia., do a lot of business in the D.C. and Pennsylvania areas, and were looking for a new residence this side of the Beltway.

They had specific criteria in mind: The home needed to be near friends and family in the metropolitan area, have water orientation of some sort, be somewhere with a strong sense of community, and have the finishes and feel of pre-war construction they both admire. After seemingly endless searches of various water communities, they were delighted with this home’s haven-like setting, with its terraced and walled hardscaping, as well as the grand sense of space inside, amazing craftsmanship, and superior views.

Its proximity to the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail, a 13.3- mile rail trail that runs through the county, was an added bonus for one of the homeowners, an avid cyclist. The Round Bay community also offers three piers, beaches, tennis, and various group activities such as summer camps and river swim teams.

The home is perched on its lot to take full advantage of southern-facing river views without the need for sun-blocking window coverage. Originally built as a river cottage, the property has undergone major and minor overhauls through the years, including a new gourmet kitchen with a morning room, a master suite with a den and walk-in closet, and a new marble and glass bath. Yet it also is fitted with classic and vintage elements, from its majestic carport out front, to its unique built-ins, arched entryways, distinctive radiators, unique wall sconces, and more.

Besides minor renovations, including removal of older wallpaper in a bedroom and a built-in for a 1980s-sized television, the new owners have no plans for major projects, instead, enjoying the mystery of a classic home unfolding over time, as well as the vista.

Sources: Kathy Langsner (listing agent), ABR, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, cell-410-458-6335, office-410- 647-2222,, www.kathylangsnerhomes. com. Dennis Thompson (buyer’s agent), Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, cell-443-875-8143, offi ce-410- 263-8686,, www. Photos courtesy of HomeVisit,