19th-century elegance in Westminster

Desirable Spaces

July 06, 2008|By Brad Schleicher | Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter

Nestled in the heart of Westminster's historic district, this Victorian-style cottage is an embodiment of popular 19th-century architecture, tinged with a variety of unique and elegant features.

Like many others in the area, the house is an example of architect Calvert Vaux's L-shaped design.

Built in 1885 by local scholar John Diffenbaugh, the house was once the residence of former Maryland state Sen. and Circuit Court Judge Edward Oscar Weant Jr.

Current owners Mike and Sandra Paguia-Gomes have enjoyed living in such a historic home for the past three years, but are preparing for a work-related move.

"We've been lucky enough to live in it as long as we have," says Sandra Paguia-Gomes. "It'll be nice to give someone else the chance."

About the House: A cement walkway leads up to the spacious front porch. A stained-glass window adorns the space above the front double doors. The majority of the main level features 11-foot ceilings that make way for the massive, 19th-century leaded-glass windows.

The foyer acts as the nucleus of the entire house, with its grand staircase leading to the upstairs bedrooms and parquet-wood floors leading to all of the different lower-level living areas. The foyer walls are adorned with crown molding and a white relief sculpture border.

The formal living room and dining room have refinished oak hardwood floors with intricate stenciling. To the right of the foyer is the library, complete with an intricately coffered ceiling and french doors.

To the back of the house is the billiards room, which has brick walls, refinished pine floors, a coffered wood ceiling and a refurbished antique pool table that dates to the late 1800s.

Address: 171 Willis St., Westminster 21157

Asking Price : $724,900

Size: The 5,984-square-foot house has six bedrooms, two full bathrooms and two half bathrooms.

Features: Some of the more unique features of the house include the seven fireplaces with bulbous brick chimneys. Five of the fireplaces have marbleized slate mantels, one of which is decorated with four paintings representing the four seasons.

The kitchen is highlighted by black-granite countertops, custom cabinetry and a window-lined breakfast area filled with natural light.

The walls of one upstairs bedroom are adorned with a hand-painted mural of Sandra Paguia-Gomes' hometown village in Heidelberg, Germany.

In the fenced backyard, there is a trellised deck outside the billiards room, a large stone patio off of the kitchen and a separate brick cottage house that is being used as a two-car garage.

Listing Agent : Ivy Gifford, Long and Foster Real Estate in Eldersburg, 410-795-9600.


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