Couple say move feels like renewal Life in Brynwood Hills likened to 'Cocoon' pool

Dream Home

June 16, 1996|By Jill L. Kubatko | Jill L. Kubatko,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Blanche and Sam Capriolo think they have found the fountain of youth in the Carroll County community of Eldersburg.

"I feel like the movie 'Cocoon.' You know how they jump in the pool and they felt reborn," said Mrs. Capriolo, 61.

"I feel that now, like I'm 30 years old again."

The Capriolos moved into their 2,400-square-foot, $223,000, Mack Home in Brynwood Hills in December. With their children grown, they left their ranch home in Randallstown after 27 years and decided to move into a bigger house in a family-oriented neighborhood.

"We're the oldest people in this development," said Mrs. Capriolo, an assistant professor and clinical coordinator in the dental hygiene department at Baltimore City Community College for 16 years.

"Our friends were all thinking we should go into a condo. We took out a 30-year mortgage because we are optimistic."

The Capriolos, married for 42 years, have three children, Jack in Powell, Ohio; Laura in the Harford County community of Fallston and Paul, who lives in Eldersburg. They also have nine grandchildren and a dog named Webster.

When the grandchildren visit, the boys and the girls have their own bedrooms. One, painted pale pink, has two twin beds with pictures and mementos made by their daughter, Laura. The other room features bold rainbow colors on the furniture and a trundle bed. Mr. Capriolo plans to paint a white picket fence on the walls of the boys' room, with each grandchild's name on the fence posts.

One of their favorite rooms is the library. This room has antique bookcases and an upright piano. Along the top of the walls are framed photos of their children.

The two-story Colonial, situated on a cul-de-sac, features an open foyer with steps curving up to the second floor. Besides the grandchildren's rooms, there is a master suite with a bathroom and another "junk" room. The main bathroom has a shower and triangular-shaped sunken tub with windows facing trees, open space and a home being built.

Another bathroom on the second floor has black and white prints of comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy.

"You have to laugh at yourself in the bathroom," Mrs. Capriolo said.

On the first floor, the living room is off to the left of the foyer with the dining room behind it. Decorated in a country motif, Mrs. Capriolo's favorite bloom, the sunflower, can also be found on pictures and rugs.

The kitchen has an island and a wood floor that Mrs. Capriolo says was their best investment, because it is easy to maintain.

"We just use a dust mop," she said. "People say it's a lot of work. But my husband helps a lot."

"We are glad we didn't listen to anyone but our hearts and bought this wonderful home," she said.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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