HOT HOUSE: 1206 Malvern Avenue, Ruxton, 21204
Farmhouse Victorian, circa 1882, extensively rehabbed and modernized, on 3+ acre Ruxton hilltop. Heated pool, guest house, brick patio, sweeping lawns, professional landscaping, two car garage. Six bedrooms 3.5 baths over 6,165 sq. ft: $2,495,000
What: A country Victorian, completely renovated, built-out and ready for the next 100 years. Current owner is investment banker Adam Hitt and his wife JoAnn, prior to that it was owned by the Griffiths, an old Ruxton family. It’s a family house, for sure, and it’s hard to think of anything your crew might want that hasn’t already been taken care of. It’s in virtually perfect condition –not a weed, not a crack, not a chip of peeling paint, from the little third floor study to the large exercise room in the basement. Leave the tool kit behind, you won’t need it here. Enter through the wrap-around porch, into the original farmhouse with its heart pine floors. Large living and dining rooms with pretty views. Down the hallway to the gourmet kitchen, which is at the center of the house and divides the old part from the new. Further on, a family room has French doors leading to the patio and on out to the pool and guest house. Best room in the house is the master bedroom upstairs, with wide sunny windows wrapping the corner and overlooking beautiful old trees. Huge master suite, tile bathroom with soaking tub, glass shower, walk in closets, etc. Additional bedrooms, bathrooms and office upstairs. Zoned heat, central air.
Where: Malvern Avenue is accessible from either Bellona Avenue or Charles Street, and the house is about halfway from either end. You’re about one minute to Graul’s, 20 minutes to downtown, 10 minutes to I-83. Property is private and very quiet, no street noise from Charles. Driving north on Charles, take a left onto Malvern (roughly across from the entrance to GBMC hospital).
Who: Romney Jrs.
Why: A stunning setting, and the house retains much of its period charm, considering how much modernizing has been done.
Why Not: Original wood exterior has been covered with vinyl siding, which looks fine but might be a deal breaker for historic preservationists.
NB: According to neighborhood chat, this was a controversial renovation, which more than doubled the size of the house. That said, it works.
Contact: Coldwell Banker
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