Brick beauty part of Ellicott City's history

Historic Burleigh Manor dates to 1800s

January 04, 2012|By Jenn Davis, Special to The Baltimore Sun

When the chance to buy a historic 19th-century home in old Ellicott City came about five years ago, Don Reuwer Jr. and his partner, Lisa Devries, snatched it up.

The couple chose the home, known as Burleigh Manor, for its traditional beauty and country-setting feel.

"The home sits on 10 acres, so you feel like you're in the country, but you're also in the heart of Ellicott City," Devries said about the house, which was built in the early 1800s by the Hammonds, a family listed among the founders of Howard County.

While Reuwer and Devries made several updates to the home, they made sure to preserve much of its defining character. They kept original hardwood floors and hand-carved molding throughout the house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The couple is relocating to another property that Reuwer owns in western Howard County.

About the house: The more than 200-year-old Federal-style brick home boasts 13-foot ceilings in some areas and has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and two half-baths. Unusual chandeliers and custom built-in bookcases are included. Several balconies, a brick porch and a multilevel deck look out on the spacious backyard.

Address: 3950 White Rose Way, Ellicott City 21042

Asking Price $2,700,000

Taxes: $18,278

Size: 6,065 square feet on 10.47 acres

Features: A double staircase leads to the second and third floors. The master suite includes a fireplace, full bathroom with a separate shower and a huge walk-in closet with custom shelves.

A kitchen is on the main level with black granite countertops and a large maple island with a breakfast bar. Appliances include two Viking gas ranges, a double oven, Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine cooler.

The kitchen leads to a separate dining area, and another doorway opens onto the formal dining room. A billiards room, library and family room also share the first floor.

In the basement, a wine cellar sits inside a room with original brick walls.

A guest cottage behind the main house features slate floors, infinity soaking tub and a small kitchen. The backyard has an in-ground swimming pool, outdoor barbecue and a pool house with brick flooring.

Additionally, the property has a 3-stall horse stable, pasture area and jumping course. On the second level of the barn, above the stables, the couple designed what they call the "party room," which is large entertainment space with a bar. A tennis court sits behind the pool area.

The house also has a 3-car detached garage.

Listing agent: Creig Northrop, the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster, Clarksville, 410-884-8351

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