Roland Park classic with modern touches

home of the week

1929 stone and stucco home features 9-foot ceilings, upgrades, renovations and plenty of charm

November 09, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

One day in 1999, Barry and Sharon Weiss decided they wanted to spend less of their time in their cars and more of their time in their home.

They lived 22 miles from where their children were attending schools in Baltimore, and Sharon Weiss was making daily trips between the schools and the Reisterstown house they were outgrowing.

Barry Weiss was driving 600 miles a week to and from work in Washington.

"It was just too much of a commute," he said.

On a day when he was at home to discuss with an architect the prospects of putting an addition on their home, his wife spotted a Roland Park house for sale that was within walking distance of their daughter's school, Bryn Mawr. Spacious enough for separate home offices, with 9-foot ceilings and plaster walls inside, and its exterior surrounded by gardens, the stone and stucco house charmed them.

"We bought it that day," Barry Weiss said.

About the house : The house, with three levels plus an attic and basement, has six bedrooms, including a master suite, four full bathrooms and one powder room. A gas fireplace in the living room has a stone hearth and is flanked by built-in bookcases.

Over the years, the couple have modernized the 1929 home, making a variety of improvements. The kitchen features upgraded black appliances; most windows have been replaced with energy-efficient ones; new electric and plumbing lines were installed as the couple overhauled all but one bathroom and redid the lighting.

The living room, with six sconces, opens into the sunroom, a bright room with French doors at two ends that, when open, provide cross-ventilation. The kitchen has an adjacent butler's pantry; an auxiliary staircase runs from the kitchen to the second floor.

On the second floor, the couple redid the master suite. They removed a closet in favor of enlarging the bathroom, but they weren't about to lose the closet space, so they added a large closet in the bedroom to complement existing smaller closets. Two more second-floor bedrooms share a bathroom, and a bedroom over the two-car garage has its own bathroom.

Address: 706 Benston Place, Baltimore 21210

Asking price : $899,000

Taxes: $12,663

Size: The house has 4,047 square feet of space. The lot is about 0.27 acre.

Features : The third floor is divided into two offices (one lined with built-in cabinets and bookcases) and a storage area. Many floors are hardwood throughout the house.

Outside, a step from the kitchen, is a stone patio surrounded by perennial gardens and a fern garden. A sunny vegetable garden lies just beyond. Tall trees provide areas of dappled shade in a landscape that includes azaleas, tree peonies and hydrangeas.

Listing agent: Lynn Plack, 410-340-2939, and Leitner Winstead, 410-960-8005, of Chase, Fitzgerald & Co. in Cross Keys.

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