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Apr 01, 2018 07:00AM ● By Brian Saucedo


Severna Park, Anne Arundel County

Primary Structure Built: ca. 1945
Sold For: $2,150,000
Original List Price: $2,375,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
Living Space: 3,130 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 1.89 acres

Blending the charm of a 70-plus-year-old structure with luxurious modern amenities, this stunning three-level contemporary-style home is an absolute gem. Nestled in a picturesque setting, the home, which was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, boasts 345 feet of water frontage, beautiful water views, a private sandy beach, a private pier with two deep-water slips and two jet ski lifts, three lovely gardens, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen. 

And the home’s historic significance is equally impressive: it was part of the Hendler estate, owned by Lionel Manuel Hendler, who founded the Hendler Creamery in Baltimore in 1905. One of Maryland’s most famous ice cream brands, the tasty treat, dubbed “The Velvet Kind,” was an instant success and was extremely popular during its heyday. Although the brand is no longer in existence, the Hendler name and ice cream will forever be intertwined. 

The property, which represents a notable part of Maryland’s history, was listed on May 22, 2017, and closed on October 10, 2017. The beautiful home features a stylish living room adorned with wood from the Inns of Court in London (professional associations for barristers in England and Wales) that dates back to 1752—a charming nod to the past. A stone gas fireplace, built-in shelves and nooks, and a view of the upper gallery—complete with stained glass windows—further beautify this space, which offers access to the lovely stone terrace—the perfect setting for waterside dining. But the highlight is definitely an expansive window that boasts a breathtaking view of the Severn River. The gourmet kitchen, which also offers water views, includes white cabinetry, granite countertops, a center island with a cook top, a breakfast dining area, hardwood floors, and recessed lighting.  

Enjoying a delicious meal is an absolute delight in the elegant dining room with large windows, a beautiful stone wall, and a convenient serving bar next to the kitchen. And the master suite, which features tranquil water views, a spacious deck, two walk-in closets, and a spa-like bath with two vanities with granite countertops, a soaking tub, a separate shower, and access to the gardens, is absolutely luxurious. The property also includes a bathhouse, a covered terrace, a shed, and a two-car carport. 

“The home was owned by Hendler’s daughter, Florence Trupp, who everyone called ‘Tootsie,’” says the seller. “It was custom built for her on a site where two bathhouses stood and was her summer home. When she died, the home was passed on to her daughter, Susan Caplan, my late wife. We updated it in 1998–99 and added the dining room, master bedroom, upstairs foyer, and also renovated the pool. It’s such a beautiful home, and I have so many fond memories of living there. The location is wonderful, and the property offers many opportunities for boating, fishing, and crabbing. We also hosted many gatherings with family and friends, and since I am a retired judge, I even performed a few weddings on the lawn. Since caring for the home is a lot of work, my second wife and I decided to sell it and relocate to Baltimore.” 
“This home combines history, luxury, and the waterfront lifestyle in one amazing package,” adds David Orso of the David Orso Group of CENTURY 21 New Millennium, the listing agent
for the property. 

David Orso (listing agent), David Orso Group of CENTURY 21 New Millennium, 443-372-7171,, Buyer’s agents: Rene and David Butta, The Butta Team of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 443-534- 9929 (cell), *Hendler biographical info: “The Velvet Kind: The Sweet Story of Hendlers Creamery”