Stately Guilford house has library, expansive rooms

Desirable Spaces

January 20, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter

A grand foyer with a 38-foot entrance hall, rooms with 12-foot-high ceilings and deep, detailed moldings mark this stately Guilford home.

"It's great for hanging art," said Tony O'Brien, who has lived there with his wife and their two children for nearly three years.

Soaring windows, including a dramatic bank of leaded glass windows at the staircase's marble landing, allow the sun to illuminate the house and warm its wood floors. A front veranda greets visitors, a sunroom with a half-moon window lies off the 34-foot-long living room and in the back, huge trees and landscaping seclude the stone patio. The house has four levels of expansive living and entertaining space, including a library with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and french doors, and a recently finished basement workout room and den with a rubber floor.

About the house --The house was built in 1914 for a Baltimore lawyer. Decades later, it became the residence of Milton S. Eisenhower, president of the Johns Hopkins University and brother of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, O'Brien said. It has been modernized over the years.

O'Brien and his wife, Dr. Eva Simmons O'Brien, outfitted the basement areas, including overhauling the laundry room. They also redid the third floor, turning it into a suite, installing hardwood floors and creating a great room, a study, a bathroom, walk-in cedar closet and other storage areas.

On the second floor, the house can have five bedrooms. The master suite features a bathroom with a deep, jetted tub and a separate steam shower. Another bedroom has a wall lined with built-in cabinets and shelves. French doors at the end of the hallway open onto the fifth bedroom, which the O'Briens use as a family room.

"This is our snuggle room. It's a room where you really hang out," O'Brien said of the comfortable upstairs family room with attached bathroom.

Address --12 Bishops Road East, Baltimore, 21218

Asking price --$1,799,999

Taxes --$15,457

Size --The stucco house is approximately 7,800 square feet and sits on just under one-half acre.

Features --The house has five full bathrooms. A powder room is on the main floor. The kitchen has a tile floor; the countertops are silestone, and cabinets are oak. It has two sinks and two dishwashers, and upscale appliances. Off the kitchen are a breakfast nook and a mudroom. Heating and air conditioning are zoned, and there is a backup generator.

An attached garage is big enough for one car plus ample storage; there is additional off-street parking.

Listing Agents --Julie Cahan, 410-804-2087, and Noah Mumaw, 410-409-1791, both of Coldwell Banker, Cross Keys; office 410-235-4100.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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