What You Dream, When You Dream Of Ruxton…

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Hot House: 1820 Circle Road, Ruxton, MD 21204

Colonial style frame house, circa 1908, with stone and cedar siding, shingle and slate roof. 8 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, over 7,562 sq. ft. Large screened front porch, dramatic entrance hall and stairway, formal living and dining rooms, study, library with firesafe doors. 8 fireplaces in total, hardwood and tile floors, 9’ ceilings, state-of-the art-systems. Vaulted family room/kitchen, sun porch. Ensuite master with spa bath. Geothermal heat pump, central a/c, deck, carport, pool house and pool on 2.16 acres. $1, 894,000

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What:  A light-filled, well-proportioned, detail-rich American classic. Its elegant french doors are like windows  to the soul of this home — open and gracious. There are high ceilings and big rooms. Long sash windows march across the second story. It’s impressive but not intimidating. The house has been well looked after — owners kept the wide moldings, the wainscotting and other marks of character — but added a geothermal heat pump (described in this WBAL story) and modernized the bathrooms and kitchen. The library, designed in the 1920s to hold a private collection of rare books and manuscripts, has a wide door that looks like mahogany but is actually a fire-safe, metal door.

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Where: From Bellona Avenue, take the little bridge at Ruxton Crossing onto Ruxton Road, and stay left onto Circle Road. The house has a shared driveway off of Circle Road, the mailbox says 1820. Public schools here are Riverwood Elementary, Dumbarton Middle, Towson High. Down the street, you have access to the trails of Lake Roland Park. It’s also a nice walk over to Graul’s, and an easy drive to most private schools and downtown Baltimore. For many people, this is a perfect location: Baltimore County (taxes, services), and still close to the city (culture, restaurants). While nominally in Towson, the crime rate here is virtually zero compared to other parts of Towson.

 Why: Fine old Ruxton houses do not come on the market very often. This is one.

 Why Not: No garage.

 Would Suit: The Ruxtoners.

NB: Monthly energy bill here never goes over $200, thanks to geothermal pump and backyard solar panels.

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  1. This house was originally owned by the Leigh Bonsal family, and known as Eltham. Subsequently it was kown as Helvellyn under the ownership of Arthur Webster Machen. It was later the home of Dr. John Manning Sasser.

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