Spacious Victorian features all the modern extras

September 04, 2009|By HARRY NOGLE / For HomeSource

CASCADE -- This stunning and spacious stained-cedar shake Victorian home (circa 1904) on Military Road in Cascade boasts more than 4,700 square feet of lovingly renovated and updated finished space. This classic is professionally landscaped on an approximately 4.5-acre lot of mature trees, rhododendrons, yews and hyacinths.

A potential buyer is immediately captured by a huge 12-by-140-foot wraparound porch on three sides. Imagine mornings and evenings spent sitting on porch furniture enjoying the cool breeze.

A front entrance with unique diamond glass sidelights leads to the living room with 9-foot ceilings. There's a bay window on one side and a fireplace in the center of the room. Large double-hung windows provide plenty of natural light to illuminate southern yellow pine flooring.

An entranceway leads to the formal dining room, also with yellow pine flooring, and an elegant chandelier. Four diamond glass windows provide natural light.


In the kitchen, a woodstove insert in the fireplace creates a warm and cozy room. Wallpapers and a special faux tin-pattern paper on the ceiling add to the warmth of the kitchen. Tile covers the floor, and cherry wood cabinets provide space for dishes and cookware. The Corian counters allow plenty of space for food preparation. A bay window looks out on the wooded yard.

Two doors lead in and out the mudroom off the kitchen.

A butler's pantry holds a wet bar and cabinets.

In a home already full of character, one unique narrow window is situated to provide light for the hallway.

Cherry built-in bookcases in the library, complete with a full bath, ceiling fan and museum molding create the perfect place to study and work.

The front bedroom on the second floor is papered. Another unique diamond glass window is located in this room, as well as a bay window. Museum molding and a chair railing are on the walls. A cedar-lined closet provides space for clothes, and a ceiling fan cools the room.

Another front bedroom, this one in yellow, has a unique "step-up" closet. The ceiling of this room is also papered with a faux tin pattern. Museum molding and a chair rail are on the walls.

Two large closets provide clothing storage in the master bedroom. The master bath has vinyl flooring, a double sink, a standing shower and a Jacuzzi tub.

A wainscoted laundry room with a sink and ceiling fan is located adjacent to the master bedroom. A screened-in porch is located to the rear.

A fourth bedroom on the second floor has a full bath equipped with a claw-foot tub and closet.

A carpeted office/bedroom with a walk-in closet is located on the finished third floor.

Another bedroom, featuring thick carpet, is also located on the third floor.

A large walk-in closet is located in the hallway.

Another claw-foot bathtub adds to the character of the third-floor bath.

Steps lead to the attic and the "Widow's Watch."

Paving stones provide ease of walking on three sides of the home, and local field stones enhance the landscaping.

The original well house serves as a storage shed. The former carriage house has been remodeled and enlarged and now serves as both a garage and large workshop.

The concrete-floored basement is accessible from inside and outside stairways.

More than two acres of this property are wooded and possibly could be subdivided.

This home is heated with oil/hot water and electric baseboard. Propane fuel is available for the first floor. There are several heat zones for maximum control and efficiency.

This home adapts itself to either year-round living, or vacation and retreat use. You choose.

If you appreciate the features and character of an older home, but don't want to do the fix-up, this home might be ideal for you. The homeowners have upgraded wiring and plumbing and installed appropriate replacement windows (except for those with architectural features.)

Charm, beauty and minimized maintenance -- does that appeal to you?

This property is offered for $639,995. Contact Claire or Ed O'Connell at Coldwell Banker Innovations, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740. You can also call 301-745-1500 (business office), ext. 1511; 301-791-6100 (home office) or visit

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