Now's the time for house tours


April 14, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

The Symphony Decorators' Show House and the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage (see story at right) are two of the biggest draws during the house tour season, but they aren't the only ones. Here are some other house and neighborhood tours coming up this spring:

Golden Acres

The North Arundel Hospital Foundation 1996 Designer Show House is unusual because it's a new home. Recently constructed on a 10-acre estate called Golden Acres on Bodkin Pointe in Pasadena, the luxury four-bedroom house has, among many other features, a great room with cathedral ceiling and fireplace, a library loft overlooking the great room, a stone-inlaid master bathroom with Jacuzzi, an exercise room with sauna, a game room with full bar and fireplace, a hot-tub room with spiral staircase leading to the master bedroom, nine skylights, a two-tier outdoor pool with waterfalls and Jacuzzi, and a garage apartment.

Twenty decorators have designed the rooms, while six landscape architects have worked on the grounds.

Golden Acres is open now through May 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information and directions, call (410) 553-8560.

The Clark estate

The Clark estate in New Hope, Pa., was once part of property owned by William Penn. The house itself was built in the 18th century; but when Philadelphia businessman James Clark (a former owner of the Eagles) bought it in the '40s, he and his wife added a sunken living room, indoor and outdoor pools, game room and sauna. Now 44 designers and landscape architects are redoing the three-story Colonial and its grounds for the 21st Annual Bucks County Designer House.

The house, located at 388 Brownsburg Road East, will be open April 28 through May 26, Monday, Friday and Saturday, 10: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10: 30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1: 30 to 4 p.m. Decorating seminars will be held May 2, May 9, May 16 and May 23 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission at the door is $12; advance tickets and seniors, $10. For more information, call (215) 348-3438.

Walking tours

This spring, the Baltimore County Historical Trust is sponsoring walking tours of historic neighborhoods on three Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Catonsville, today; meet at the intersection of Hilton Avenue and Park Drive; Relay (in Southwest Baltimore County), April 28; meet at the Relay Town Hall, 1710 Arlington Ave.; and Oella (just east of Ellicott City), May 5; meet at Frederick Road and Oella Avenue.

The tours will cost $7 for members of the Historical Trust, $10 for nonmembers. Call (410) 242-8854 for more information.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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