HOT HOUSE: 1818 Ruxton Road, Ruxton, 21204
Circa 1875, cream color stucco mansion in the southern style, once home to the cousin of Edgar Allan Poe. Eight bedrooms, five baths, seven working fireplaces, 7,100 sq. ft., on 1.85 acres with pond: $1,950,000
What: “Only this, and nothing more.” A beautiful house with a charming pedigree – and no ghost. One of the oldest homes in Ruxton, sometimes called the Ruxton Mansion, it was long the home of Philip Livingston Poe — cousin to Edgar Allan. When it was built, it stood on a tract of 658 acres, 656 of which have been sold over the years. What gives the house its pretty face are the two low keyhole windows that flank the wide front door. Once inside, these windows, and echoing archways in the large entrance hall, make walking in the door a memorable experience.
Owners Anne and Bert Haus have lived here since 1967, while they raised seven children and acquired 25 grandchildren. About ten years ago, the Hauses added a wing on the back, for a bigger kitchen and a large informal family room. Looks great. Upstairs are many large bedrooms and bathrooms, although the master is surprisingly small. Some, but not all bathrooms could use an update. There is a two-story garage in the back and a unique child’s playhouse.
Why: It’s a head-turner.
Why not: Ruxton Road is fairly busy.
Would Suit: Happy socialites, disinclined to brooding on family secrets or midnight delirium (or private school fees, as public schools here are good).
NB: High end A/C presumably very efficient but requires room boxes, like a hotel.
Contact: Susan Hartmen, O’Connor & Mooney Realtors.
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