Old and modern in marvelous mix

Desirable spaces

July 27, 2008|By Brad Schleicher | Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter

Mixing old-world antiquities with modern amenities makes this double-wide rowhouse a hidden gem in the heart of Canton.

The conservative brick exterior of the house serves to accent the meticulous attention to detail on the inside. The house successfully blends multiple design influences and color schemes to create a warm environment.

Owner Dave Cash has spent more than three years in the house, but is moving to Los Angeles to start his own record company.

Before purchasing the house, Cash was looking for an end unit with windows, but after seeing how much space the double-wide rowhouse offered, it was an easy decision.

"I liked the overall feeling of a row-home that was larger and wider," says Cash. "It offered a different perception of a house in the city. It felt more like a home."

About the House Built in 1913, the house has the original refinished hardwood floors on the first and second floors. Recessed lighting lines the ceiling throughout the entire lower level, and three earthen tone Doric-style columns mark the entrance to the living room and kitchen.

The living room has a custom-designed entertainment center, built from the parts of a coconut tree. Small square pieces of bark and coconut shell were pieced together to make tiles. The coconut-shell tiles alternate with the bark tiles, giving a unique sense of texture. The entertainment center also comes with a flat-panel television and small compartments that light up. To prevent clutter, a DVD player and stereo unit are stored in a stereo closet.

In the kitchen, off-white cabinetry is accented with ornamental corbels, creating a stark contrast with the dark granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.

Cash made a few changes to the house. In the master bedroom, he pulled up the existing carpet and installed charcoal-gray-colored hardwood floors to match the imported Italian chandeliers. He also installed California closets. In the downstairs bathroom, he installed an 18-karat gold-leaf ceiling in the bathroom.

At the rear of the house, the dining room has a recessed tray ceiling with gold accents. The French doors at the rear lead to a private patio with ornate stone walls.

Address 3316 Hudson St., Baltimore 21224

Asking Price $780,000

Taxes $7,856

Size There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms in this 2,592-square-foot house.

Features The kitchen's center island doubles as a breakfast bar. At the foot of the island is a wine rack.

A skylight in the kitchen and three in the upstairs hallway provide a venue for plenty of natural light.

The master bathroom has a ceramic-tile floor and countertops, and the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and California closets.

The in-law suite in the basement has a separate entrance, painted cement floor and granite countertops.

Listing Agent Rob Culotta, RE/MAX 100, 11000 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200, Columbia, 443-472-0490.

brad.schleicher@baltsun.com

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