From The Whit Harvey Group Blog:
What do you hear when you are having your coffee in the morning? How about from your yard, bedroom, or home office? At 621 Benston Place you can hear the sounds of birds singing in the large trees that edge the property, the fountain on the stone patio, neighborhood children playing, and cheering from the Gilman School field that is 280 steps away, just across Northern Parkway.
Yes, you can hear traffic from the gracious, landscaped front yard of 621 Benston. There is a tall sound barrier, so you can’t see the cars passing, but let’s be truthful here – you can hear the traffic. You can hear if from the patio, but you can also hear that fountain and the birds we mentioned. You might hear it from the deck off the kitchen, located above the one car garage, while you have your morning coffee, but you will see tall pine trees, a secluded side yard, and the beautiful landscaping and arbor over the gateway from the street.
It would be disingenuous of us not to talk about traffic sounds. All around Baltimore and Baltimore County – from sought-after homes in Lutherville, Ruxton and Pinehurst, to those in Homeland, Guilford and throughout Roland Park, if you live near a commuter route, the sound of traffic it is as ubiquitous as robins in the spring.
Now let’s talk about the convenience that goes with those traffic sounds.
In 420 steps, with a crossing guard and light, your children can be at the entrance to Gilman and Roland Park Country School, and the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School is less than half a mile. Bryn Mawr School is less than a football field away. Friends School and the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen are both within half a mile of Benston’s front door, and Boy’s Latin is .7 miles.
After you drop the kids at school, have a latte at the local Starbucks on Roland Avenue, pick up dinner at Eddie’s Supermarket, or take a stroll down to Stony Run Park. It’s all within walking distance of 621 Benston Place. Bike down Lake Avenue to Robert E. Lee Park, less than a mile and a half away.
A little over 2 miles to the east, Mt. Washington has numerous restaurants, a Whole Foods Market, Post Office, Starbucks, and a light rail stop. Easy access from Northern Parkway to 83, allows commuters to be downtown or out to Hunt Valley in a matter of minutes.
A mile and half to the west is the historic Senator Theater and Belvedere Square with restaurants, summer concert series and market. GBMC, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Sinai Hospital are all just 2 miles away.
Let’s talk about where you CAN’T hear the traffic.
You won’t notice it in front of the fireplace in the wood-paneled library or in the large cook’s kitchen with sub-zero fridge, granite countertops and wet bar. When the windows are closed, you won’t notice it in the bedrooms or living room. You won’t notice it because the thick stone walls of this well-appointed house deaden the outside sounds.
The details of this gracious Roland Park home include random width, cross-hewn oak floors, high ceilings, 12 on 6 paned windows, built-in speaker system, recessed lighting and elaborate fluted molding. The room sizes throughout are generous and there are numerous closets with lots of storage space. The master bedroom suite includes a large sitting room/office with fireplace and built-ins, huge walk-in closet and full bath with marble-topped vanity. Two bedrooms share a “buddy bath” and the third has its own full bath. The laundry is located on the second floor at the top of the back stairs from the kitchen.
The lower level, with its own entrance, enjoys natural light and includes another bedroom and full bath with soaking tub, exercise room with rubber floor, wine cellar and mudroom with closets.
With too many other details to mention, the best thing would be to see this house. Stand inside. Stand outside. See if you like the convenience offered by the city, along with its sounds. We do.
Contact Nick Hollick at 443.803.5466 to schedule a showing.
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