1928 gem in Ten Hills has a woodsy view

Roomy brick Colonial is filled with built-in features, upgraded appliances and woodwork detail

Desirable Spaces

August 31, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

More than three decades ago, Susan and Dave Hutton decided that their soon-to-expand family needed a larger house in the city.

When they saw the brick Colonial house on a winding street in Ten Hills, they didn't think twice about putting down roots in the leafy setting that has a suburban flair.

"We've been here for 33 years," said Susan Hutton.

They've made the most of the views of woods by their home, turning a screened porch into a window-filled family room, kept outdoorsy with a bead board ceiling.

The tulip poplars and maples shade the house in summer but let the sun warm it in winter, and their dropped limbs are a ready supply of firewood.

The couple turned much of the third floor into a bedroom and bathroom, leaving the rest for storage that includes cedar closets.

They also bought the vacant lot next door and created a driveway that loops around the rear of their home and comes back out onto the street.

About the house : The center-hall house with a slate roof was built in 1928. Most floors are oak, recently refinished. The house has four bedrooms and three and one-half bathrooms.

The nine-foot ceilings on the first floor are set off by crown molding. The large living room has a working, woodburning fireplace and a built-in bookcase. A sitting room with windows on three sides lies off the living room.

Between the dining room and the kitchen is a sunny breakfast nook with built-in everything - a table with benches, a butler's pantry and a greenhouse window. Kitchen cabinets and counters are laminate; appliances are black and upgraded.

Address: 407 Kensington Road, Baltimore 21229

Asking price : $449,000

Taxes: $6,409.96

Size: The house has a little more than 3,000 square feet of living space and sits on about a half-acre lot.

Features: The master bathroom was redone recently in white and black to include a double-sink vanity. Off the master bedroom is a room Susan Hutton uses as a sewing room, but it may have been designed as a nursery or study and could be a walk-in closet.

The second and third bedrooms, which both have deep closets, are linked by a bathroom.

A two-car garage lies beneath the living room.

Listing agent : Kay Campos, 410-292-9838, and Alexandra Cratin, 443-996-4247, both of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Catonsville.

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send photos and a description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Questions may be sent to homes@baltsun.com.

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