Featured Home - Elegant Victorian is a great value in Funkstown

September 11, 2005|By DAVE THOMPSON


They don't build 'em like this any more, and that's too bad.

This week's HomeSource Feature Home is a classy Queen Anne-style Victorian located on Funkstown's East Baltimore Street.

There are high-ceilinged rooms and all the features and quirks that attract homeowners to Victorians - heart pine floors and staircases, beautiful original wainscoting and crown molding, practical floor plan, working pocket doors and transoms, porches and balcony.

But you don't have to pay a comfort penalty for this old-time charm. The current owner has made the home practical for the 21st century with zoned central air conditioning, zoned natural gas heating, renovated electrical service and plumbing, multiple phone lines and more.

Step through the double entry door from the spacious front porch and you're directly in front of the staircase to the second floor. To the right is a large room that would have been the parlor in Victorian days. Light and airy, with windows on three sides, it would make a fine family room.


Left from the staircase is a living room with space for sofas, modern media equipment and entertaining. The room connects directly with a formal dining room to the rear. In the Victorian manner, pocket doors can be shut to separate the living room from the dining room. The rooms are highlighted by wainscoting and well-crafted crown molding polished to a high sheen. A French door leads from the dining room to a recently rebuilt side porch.

Preparing meals to be served in the dining room is no problem. The gourmet kitchen has been renovated to showpiece perfection. Marble counters, cork flooring and a unique hand-hammered copper sink are features that immediately stand out. Attractive slate tile highlights the backsplash area behind the sink and counter. Warm hickory cabinetry provides plenty of space for cooking utensils and foodstuffs. A breakfast bar offers a nice spot for morning coffee or a light meal.

The kitchen has electrical outlets galore - an appreciated feature for anyone who's ever tried to find a place to plug in appliances in an old house. And speaking of appliances, a cooktop, oven, microwave/convection oven combo and dishwasher are built in.

Upstairs are three large bedrooms. One of the two front bedrooms provides floor space that would make it suitable for a guest room, a child's room, a library or a den.

Opposite this room at the front of the house is an equally spacious master bedroom. Three windows contained in the "turret" section of the house facing front lend an elegant period touch to the room, which features double closets.

Directly connected to the master is one of the two bathrooms located upstairs. The room can also be accessed from the hall to serve the other front bedroom. It's relatively large for a home of this vintage and contains a modern shower stall, sink and linen closet.

A second bathroom right down the hallway from the first includes a full-size tub and is ideally situated to serve the third bedroom at the rear of the house. The room's location gives it a feeling of privacy and also affords access to the rebuilt second-floor balcony.

Located in the hallway at the entrance to the attic stairs is one of the home's many thoughtful features. A louvered whole-house fan provides cooling ventilation that would enable air conditioning to be shut down on mild spring and summer days. The large unfinished attic and cellar provide an ample amount of storage space.

Outdoor fun needn't be neglected as the house has a large, fenced backyard that will accommodate pets, children and barbecue grills.

It's rare to find a Victorian boasting more than 2,200 square feet of finished space in move-in condition, but this home fits the bill. All of the heavy lifting associated with remodeling has been done - and done in a tasteful manner.

Amy Stenger and Charlotte Ashton of Advantage Realty, LLC would be glad to show you through. You can reach Amy at 301-745-1641 or Charlotte at 301-745-1639.

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