Country-estate living inside the Beltway

Desirable Spaces

December 09, 2007|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,sun reporter

Walk out onto the front porch of this Ruxton manor home, step up to the tee box, square your club and take a swing.

Don't worry, no windows are in danger on this nearly four-acre property set amid a wooded landscape just outside the city line. But you might end up in the water hazard that is Roland Run, an offshoot of Lake Roland, just across the way from the 12-hole executive golf course on the property.

Built in 1896 as a country estate, the property likely overlooked Lake Roland at one point in its more than 100-year history.

Today, it's the family home of Jan and John Braun, who raised their kids here over the past decade or so and are now ready to move on.

"I've always wanted to build my own home," says John Braun, who grew up on a farm in Virginia. That farm life is what led him to this property, which is about as rural as you can get this close to Baltimore.

"It's like living in the country, but inside the Beltway," he says. "Five hundred geese fly over every morning and every evening."

About the house --It has a traditional style with old-world details, including carved wood mantels, French doors, leaded glass and watered glass windows, pocket doors, claw-foot tubs, high ceilings and crown moldings. A room on the main level, now an office, was the original kitchen and still houses a Hutchinson Brothers coal-burning stove with a brick surround. The master bedroom has a walk-in closet and dressing room. A laundry room is on the second level.

Address --1861 Circle Road, Towson, 21204

Asking price --$2,485,000

Taxes --$14,777

Features --Built on three levels, the house has six bedrooms plus several bonus rooms that can be used as office space or living space. A two-room kitchen features an eat-in area with marble countertops and a wet- bar area. Oak hardwood floors and wood-burning fireplaces are throughout. There are eight working fireplaces in the house, including ones in the dining room and most of the larger bedrooms. In addition to the golf course, the property offers a tennis court and an in-ground pool.

Size --The house is about 8,000 square feet and sits on 3.96 acres.

Listing agent --Whit Harvey Group, 410-832-2583

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send color high-resolution photos with caption information on a CD and a detailed description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. Questions may be sent to

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