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Dream Home takes readers into the houses of Baltimore area residents who have found their ideal home, whether it be a mansion, rowhouse or two-room cabin.

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Dream home: Hereford property highlights the benefits of going rural

4:02 PM EDT, October 24, 2014

Dream home: Hereford property highlights the benefits of going rural

It is not uncommon for people's taste in housing and lifestyle to change over the years. Cindi and Chad Seitz, however, took it to the extreme.

Dream Home: Washington Place apartment exudes elegance and history

11:43 PM EDT, October 16, 2014

Dream Home: Washington Place apartment exudes elegance and history

The white Beaux-Arts-style building in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood, known simply as 700 Washington Place, is considered by many as one of the city's most elegant addresses.

Federal Hill home is a family oasis

11:13 PM EDT, October 9, 2014

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Federal Hill home is a family oasis

Ann and Dominic Wiker loved life in their Federal Hill home. As a professional couple in their 30s, the neighborhood was ideal — they could walk to most attractions, shops and restaurants. It seemed there was always something fun going on outside their door.

Silo Point condo takes industrial living to a new level

12:02 AM EDT, October 3, 2014

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Silo Point condo takes industrial living to a new level

Matt Nickasch's home is anything but typical — he lives in the tower of a repurposed grain silo in Locust Point. His condo on the 18th floor is marked as a "bin" instead of a unit, a nod to industrial days long gone.

A vacation cottage turned year-round home

5:55 PM EDT, September 12, 2014

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A vacation cottage turned year-round home

The story is a familiar one for many Maryland homeowners living along eastern Baltimore County's shoreline: The appeal, initially, is in having a summer vacation cottage. That is, until the inhabitants realize that with a bit of remodeling and updating, they can live in their dream home on the water all year long.

Greektown home is full of contemporary glamour

2:37 PM EDT, September 5, 2014

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Greektown home is full of contemporary glamour

Just east of Highlandtown in Baltimore's Greektown neighborhood, the exteriors of the two-story brick rowhouses all look pretty much alike. It's the creative details — a painted front door, window trim or stained glass transoms — with which the owners state their individuality.

Interior designer brings work home with Ruxton townhouse

10:57 PM EDT, August 21, 2014

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Interior designer brings work home with Ruxton townhouse

When Evelyn Gorman bought her then-10-year-old contemporary brick townhouse in Ruxton 25 years ago, change was the first order of business.

Eastern Shore home is beautiful in any season

2:59 PM EDT, August 1, 2014

On the waterfront

Eastern Shore home is beautiful in any season

Second in a summer series highlighting dream homes on the water.

Former Bostonians find 'urban oasis' in Baltimore

3:31 PM EDT, July 25, 2014

Former Bostonians find 'urban oasis' in Baltimore

The antique display case in the living room of Tim Nelson and Kathy Edin's Butchers Hill rowhouse is emblematic of their love for their new hometown.

Butchers Hill home tour opens door to couple's renovation

6:15 PM EDT, August 7, 2014

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Butchers Hill home tour opens door to couple's renovation

Brockett Horne and her husband, Chris Tesluk, say they chose their city home with the flip of a coin.

Custom-built Stevenson home charms down to the details

2:08 PM EDT, August 15, 2014

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Custom-built Stevenson home charms down to the details

In a clearing off of a wooded lane in Stevenson is a white stucco, Tuscan-style villa with ornate cast-iron window boxes spilling summer vines, looking like the subject of an impressionist painting.

Second time's a charm in this Catonsville home

4:48 PM EDT, July 18, 2014

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Second time's a charm in this Catonsville home

What would compel a person to buy the same house twice? For Reggie Sajauskas, the answer can be found in her 1918 traditional clapboard home in Catonsville, one she would not walk away from a second time.

Harford waterfront property provides a getaway close to home

11:28 PM EDT, July 10, 2014

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Harford waterfront property provides a getaway close to home

Wayne and Wende Allen found a second home, their vacation escape, in a convenient location — 24 miles from their Harford County home.

Compact downtown condo is packed with personality

4:20 PM EDT, July 2, 2014

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Compact downtown condo is packed with personality

Jennifer Etheridge has more than a city view from her 12th-floor condo at 414 Water St. She is in the heart of downtown Baltimore's business district — any more of a cosmopolitan feel would have her perched on top of City Hall, whose dome she sees from her bedroom window.

Hometown general store becomes home

10:18 PM EDT, June 26, 2014

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Hometown general store becomes home

Keith Kratz grew up in White Hall in northern Baltimore County with happy memories of visits to the general store just across the two-lane street from his home.

Couple's home becomes more perfect with every year that passes

1:10 PM EDT, June 13, 2014

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Couple's home becomes more perfect with every year that passes

When Steven and Mary Lynn Lakin purchased their two-story Colonial-style home in Gambrills 12 years ago, they didn't see it as a longtime residence.

Abingdon home built upon Southern elegance

7:00 PM EDT, June 19, 2014

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Abingdon home built upon Southern elegance

Terry Stafford grew up in Chatham, Va., before bringing her Southern lifestyle to Abingdon some 28 years ago. Of her dream house, she proudly remarks, "Everybody who comes into this house says it should be in Southern Living magazine."

In Reservoir Hill, an instant home attraction

4:36 PM EDT, May 30, 2014

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In Reservoir Hill, an instant home attraction

A funny thing happened to Joe and Morgan Horvath on their way to a community art show in Reservoir Hill a few years ago.

Acton Hall is ideal historical home

3:13 PM EDT, May 21, 2014

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Acton Hall is ideal historical home

Annapolis officials know that local homeowners who restore and preserve their historic properties play a vital role in the city's architectural legacy.

Fells Point home has historic exterior, modern interior

11:10 AM EDT, May 9, 2014

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Fells Point home has historic exterior, modern interior

Much of the charm of Fells Point is found in its narrow back alleys and side streets — contributing to the area's original grid from land purchased by William Fell in the early 1700s. Many of the homes on these streets date to the mid-18th to 19th centuries, as the community began to flourish.

Old Parkton schoolhouse now a cozy historic home

4:08 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

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Old Parkton schoolhouse now a cozy historic home

In the usual course of life's events, most people go to school. Very few people, however, buy a schoolhouse and call it home.

Captain Steele House in Fells Point pays homage to its history

6:56 PM EDT, April 23, 2014

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Captain Steele House in Fells Point pays homage to its history

If walls could talk, Capt. John Steele, along with two others, would have a tale to tell about the home he built circa 1788 in the Fells Point neighborhood.

Condemned frat house becomes rewarding restoration

4:08 PM EDT, March 20, 2014

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Condemned frat house becomes rewarding restoration

When Ron Tanner, an author and writing professor at Loyola University Maryland, purchased a condemned Victorian brownstone in Charles Village 14 years ago (against his real estate agent's advice), he knew nothing about restoration.

For Baltimore County couple, ideal space was right under their noses

3:07 PM EDT, April 18, 2014

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For Baltimore County couple, ideal space was right under their noses

Like more and more homeowners these days, Ron Brown and his fiancee, Susan Powers, have discovered their ideal living space hidden within the same walls they have called home for quite some time.

Baltimore condo is cure for hectic days

3:05 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

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Baltimore condo is cure for hectic days

For two busy surgeons, the home they have created offers a serene retreat at the end of the day. Troy Pittman's and Michael Somenek's sleek condo at the Ritz-Carlton Residences provides a chance to relax and renew mind, body and spirit.

Childhood home in Canton renovated for the next generation

3:22 PM EST, February 27, 2014

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Childhood home in Canton renovated for the next generation

When a home has been the center of a happy childhood, it can often be reincarnated to represent a happy and hopeful future. This is the case with Mike and Jocelyn Szymanowski's Canton rowhouse.

Canton rowhouse combines urban with rustic

5:29 PM EDT, April 3, 2014

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Canton rowhouse combines urban with rustic

Just how long can it take to find the perfect, not run-of-the-mill rowhouse with a nontypical layout among hundreds for sale in the Southeast Baltimore neighborhood of Canton?

A house built with family in mind

6:41 PM EST, January 23, 2014

A house built with family in mind

For the last 10 years, Ray and Joy Mazza had had their eyes on the Carroll County community of Sunfire Custom Homes. So when a model came on the market in that neighborhood, they jumped at the opportunity to purchase it for $556,000.

Lakeside home in Annapolis offers a natural tranquillity

1:46 PM EST, March 7, 2014

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Lakeside home in Annapolis offers a natural tranquillity

When buying a home, it can be difficult to find a property that meets all of a family's needs and desires. The Weiss family found one in Annapolis that fits like a glove and has lived happily there since 2007.

Nesting in simple family-style home

2:42 PM EST, January 17, 2014

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Nesting in simple family-style home

At street level, the Checkley home off North Charles Street in Baltimore looks like a simple two-story, no-nonsense Colonial-style home between two Victorian-period farmhouses. Just 36 feet wide, its white vinyl siding, slightly pitched roof and windows dressed with dark blue shutters present a tidy structure, the kind of house where children first learn to draw pictures.

Ruxton restoration is couple's 1920s love affair

12:10 PM EDT, August 16, 2013

Ruxton restoration is couple's 1920s love affair

If it is hard to imagine buying a home, moving in, and then restoring its 67 windows to their original 1923 condition, you can only marvel at the determination of Ray and Lynn Plack to revive Hiddenbrook, their Ruxton mansion on 6 acres just north of Baltimore.

Cozy Towson Green townhouse offers a bright new beginning

3:08 PM EDT, March 28, 2014

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Cozy Towson Green townhouse offers a bright new beginning

For many people, midlife is a time for fresh beginnings, and often those beginnings bring the exhilaration of reinvention.

Clean and bright Canton home gives owner a fresh start

2:40 PM EST, February 12, 2014

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Clean and bright Canton home gives owner a fresh start

Laura Mooney has made a fresh start in her second Canton home since 2003.

Butchers Hill townhouse transformed from 'disaster' to delight

2:39 PM EST, January 31, 2014

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Butchers Hill townhouse transformed from 'disaster' to delight

Marianne Fishman's three-story townhouse in Butchers Hill is a reflection of her life's work as an interior designer while also giving credence to Row House Interiors, the design company she owns.

A renovation gives a Cross Keys home British style

11:29 PM EDT, August 19, 2013

A renovation gives a Cross Keys home British style

David Young's townhouse in Baltimore's Village of Cross Keys has all the hallmarks of a country gentleman's London retreat — and the style fits him like a pair of fine English leather gloves.

Starting over but keeping the memories close

6:59 PM EDT, August 8, 2013

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Starting over but keeping the memories close

When her husband of 30 years died in 2004, Rosalie Lijinsky decided she no longer wanted to live in the 3,000-square-foot home they had shared with their daughter in the Columbia neighborhood of Hickory Ridge.

A vacation 365 days a year at Bowleys Quarters dream home

4:47 PM EST, January 3, 2014

A vacation 365 days a year at Bowleys Quarters dream home

It began as a casual search for a vacation home on the water.

Cross Keys condo is anything but typical

11:40 PM EST, February 20, 2014

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Cross Keys condo is anything but typical

Brian Dermitt is ready for the rave reviews from visitors who arrive at his front door:

Victorian stands out in Annapolis

6:51 PM EST, January 10, 2014

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Victorian stands out in Annapolis

Living in the shadow of the Naval Academy chapel, Ellis Richman and his wife, Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, are exactly where they want to be – nestled in the heart of historic Annapolis. Theirs is no ordinary house among a bevy of notable properties.

Couple restores Catonsville home from the ground up

4:40 PM EDT, July 17, 2013

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Couple restores Catonsville home from the ground up

Many Old Catonsville residents who choose to move rarely settle far from its small-town charm. In the case of David and Joanne Carney, the move was a mere three blocks away.

Owners wax poetic about their home

6:52 PM EDT, June 20, 2013

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Owners wax poetic about their home

In addition to being known for a variety of architectural designs, many of the homes in Baltimore's Guilford neighborhood are often referred to by the names of their former residents of note. Within the space of a few acres, the community includes the Milton Eisenhower house, the Turnbull House and the "Natty Boh" place.

Windows on the water give home its balance

7:07 PM EDT, August 1, 2013

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Windows on the water give home its balance

The No. 1 one amenity the Ritz-Carlton Residences offers its condo owners is fabulous views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Renovated Fells Point rowhouse offers lesson in commitment

5:56 PM EDT, September 5, 2013

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Renovated Fells Point rowhouse offers lesson in commitment

Some would call George Frazier crazy, but most would applaud his resourcefulness and all would have to agree that, with very little experience, he successfully undertook one of the most daunting home rehab projects that Fells Point's narrow, alley-like Dallas Street has ever seen.

For couple, Fells Point townhouse is like retreat in the city

8:50 AM EDT, July 12, 2013

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For couple, Fells Point townhouse is like retreat in the city

In Baltimore, the creative transformation of many waterfront industrial structures into restaurants, businesses and homes is making room for developments copying the same industrial and maritime flavor as their older counterparts.

Fulton home is meant for family

2:41 PM EST, November 22, 2013

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Fulton home is meant for family

Six years ago, Victor and Margaret Kim purchased a 1-acre parcel in Fulton and proceeded to build a glamorous home with a serious purpose. Once it was completed, the couple took Margaret Kim's 96-year-old grandmother out of assisted living and into their home.

Renovated garage gets couple in gear for move to Baltimore

7:06 PM EDT, June 13, 2013

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Renovated garage gets couple in gear for move to Baltimore

"Have I ever got a house for you!" The call came a few months ago from Matt Knoepfle, co-owner with his brother, Mike Knoepfle, of the construction company Building Character LLC. That remark is always an invitation to be amazed at a challenging project that has come to fruition. The brothers are in the business of buying up Baltimore's old and crumbling properties (often in the most sought-after downtown neighborhoods) and adaptively reusing them.

No longer vacant, Baltimore home is where couple's heart is

6:00 PM EDT, May 2, 2013

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No longer vacant, Baltimore home is where couple's heart is

Jamila Ward and Lionel Jennings had been house hunting on and off for two years when their agent pointed the couple in a new direction: a formerly condemned property in a revitalized area of Baltimore.

Couple makes a dream move in Middle River

7:05 PM EDT, July 25, 2013

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Couple makes a dream move in Middle River

The existence of eastern Baltimore County's waterfront neighborhoods, dotted with an ever-growing number of summer cottages and year-round homes, came as a surprise to Frank and Nancy Lanzi. Neither of them even knew about the narrow Wilson Point peninsula jutting out into the Middle River.

Journey to 'Jubilee' leads to peaceful place in the woods

6:47 PM EDT, June 27, 2013

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Journey to 'Jubilee' leads to peaceful place in the woods

Falling within the ZIP code for the town of Kingsville in northern Baltimore County is the pre-Revolution mill village of Jerusalem on the banks of Little Gunpowder Falls. It is relatively unknown except to its few lucky residents, a handful of visitors and local historians.

Designing the perfect downsize in Bowleys Quarters

1:15 PM EDT, August 30, 2013

Designing the perfect downsize in Bowleys Quarters

After a four-year search for the perfect piece of waterfront property on which to build their dream home, Mike and Lana Condon hit the jackpot in November 2011. A little cottage, bearing the water damage of countless summer storms and winter winds, sat on 1 acre on the banks of the Middle River in the eastern Baltimore County neighborhood of Bowleys Quarters.

Family enjoys park setting in midst of urban environment

7:40 PM EDT, April 11, 2013

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Family enjoys park setting in midst of urban environment

Situated in the city's Bolton Hill neighborhood is a relatively new development of brick townhouses solidly placed among the late Victorian and early-20th-century structures that once housed the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Woodrow Wilson and, more recently, pianist Leon Fleisher.

For former Texan, Reservoir Hill is now deep in his heart

4:19 PM EDT, May 31, 2013

For former Texan, Reservoir Hill is now deep in his heart

It is a long way from Lubbock, Texas, to Baltimore's Reservoir Hill, but Kelly Dale Terrill was up for the change.

Dream home: Renovated home gathers family to the farm

4:16 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

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Dream home: Renovated home gathers family to the farm

When hearth and home — together with a growing family and an onsite family business — are at the center of day-to-day living, a small and dated one-story farmhouse in Ellicott City begins to burst at the seams. To keep their extended family under one roof while preserving the one-bathroom house built in 1954, the Harbin and Taylor families found the only solution was to build additions.

Downsizing looks beautiful for one Canton couple

12:22 PM EDT, April 26, 2013

Downsizing looks beautiful for one Canton couple

When Gunther and Linda Than moved into their one-bedroom unit in Canton's Anchorage Tower condominiums, they really downsized.

Dream home: Downsizing to comfortable perfection

6:53 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

Dream home: Downsizing to comfortable perfection

Robert and Miriam Stern's condominium in the Annen Woods community in Pikesville is emblematic of their many years together — interesting, colorful, tastefully artistic and comfortably eclectic in style.

Soothing sounds, pace of country life suit couple

5:22 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

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Soothing sounds, pace of country life suit couple

Deep in the Hereford Zone of northern Baltimore County, narrow country roads slice through fields of waist-high corn, surprisingly tall for early summer. A lane running adjacent to a Christmas tree farm passes a few old barns; farther down the lane, there is a large, two-story wagon house in need of repair, another red barn, a chicken shed and a stable in the distance. Just beyond the shed and a vegetable garden sits the long and narrow farmhouse of Betsy and Charley Mitchell on 8 acres of what was formerly a nearly 500-acre tenant farm.

Old Catonsville is happiness squared

4:45 PM EDT, April 4, 2013

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Old Catonsville is happiness squared

Old Catonsville boasts turn-of-the-last-century buildings and schools, fine restaurants, antiques and music shops, and a library. But scattered among the Victorian structures are Arts and Crafts-style homes built in the early 20th century. It is in one of these that the Shaw family resides, just blocks off of the town's main street.

Townhouse is canvas for 'labor of love'

12:05 PM EST, March 7, 2013

Townhouse is canvas for 'labor of love'

In the beginning, the search for a new home was all about studio space for artist Tendai Johnson, an instructor at Montgomery College.

Living on the bay and loving it

12:26 PM EDT, March 21, 2013

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Living on the bay and loving it

Driving the back roads that hug the periphery of Maryland's shoreline, there is no singular characteristic that defines the homes. The ones that date back to summer-only retreats are usually one-story clapboard structures with the give-away air conditioning unit in a window or two. Some are two-story, farmhouse styles. Many are built with their backs to the Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries.

First-floor remodel creates 'social central'

12:41 PM EST, February 28, 2013

First-floor remodel creates 'social central'

The ink on their contract was barely dry and the moving van just out of sight, when Richard and Key-Key von Lange prepared to flip the first-floor interior layout of the six-year-old home they bought in Federal Hill three years ago.

Dream home: Gardener's delight in Baltimore County

7:10 PM EST, February 14, 2013

Dream home: Gardener's delight in Baltimore County

For artist Susan Yonkers, a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate and gardening enthusiast, and her craftsman husband, Bill, a large outdoor canvas was a prerequisite.

Downsizing to an elegant perch

3:00 PM EST, January 25, 2013

Downsizing to an elegant perch

When Maureen Neunan's only child headed off to college halfway across the country, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom Ellicott City house where the two lived suddenly seemed enormous to the 56-year-old divorcee.

Couple at home with history on storied property in Jacksonville

6:30 PM EST, February 21, 2013

Couple at home with history on storied property in Jacksonville

People driving down a two-lane road in Jacksonville often slow down at a large Maryland Historical Society marker with the heading "Quinn."

Restored, restful Victorian beauty in Havre de Grace

4:32 PM EST, January 31, 2013

Restored, restful Victorian beauty in Havre de Grace

An old Victorian home, built of granite and dating to 1896, sits on the corner of two wide, tree-lined streets in Havre de Grace, welcoming visitors from near and far.

D.C. transplant finds community in Canton

6:32 PM EST, January 17, 2013

D.C. transplant finds community in Canton

Blocks of cement for a front lawn and a rooftop deck with a view for backyard entertaining are just two of the amenities that drew Patricia Brunetti from Washington to Baltimore.

Chic, colorful and urban fits the bill in Locust Point

6:32 PM EST, January 9, 2013

Chic, colorful and urban fits the bill in Locust Point

Like many young professionals who work in or near Baltimore, Jon and Jenny Kraft searched for city properties when they decided to build a home together.

View from the top

6:44 PM EST, January 3, 2013

View from the top

Chris and Jamie Swann's Baltimore townhouse off Key Highway features what many would consider a million-dollar view of the city's busy waterfront and beyond. That was reason enough for them to purchase the four-story brick home with rooftop deck in June 2011.

Clipper Mill home's sparkle spreads beyond holidays

1:41 PM EST, December 28, 2012

Clipper Mill home's sparkle spreads beyond holidays

Daniel Reed's flair for decorating and interior design — especially during the holiday season — is immediately evident at the front door of his very modern duplex in Baltimore's Clipper Mill development. To visit this home is to slip into a winter wonderland; a fantasy in light, color and motion.

Living with historical quirks in Havre de Grace

November 30, 2012

Living with historical quirks in Havre de Grace

Ron Browning enjoys showing off his historic Havre de Grace home to visitors, and when he has the room, they are invited to stay in his 1868 mansion-turned-bed-and-breakfast.

Finding comfort in cottage filled with collections

2:35 PM EST, December 20, 2012

Finding comfort in cottage filled with collections

Low gray clouds of a late autumn day appear to envelop a two-story cedar cottage and its attached one-story log cabin. Sitting on three acres in Howard County and accessed through a wrought-iron arch down a narrow lane, the property has been the home of 63-year-old Priscilla Griffith for most of her adult life.

Dream Home: A family dwelling with kitchen at the center of it all

November 4, 2012

Dream Home: A family dwelling with kitchen at the center of it all

Most people will say that no matter how big the home, or how many levels and rooms inside, family and guests always seem to gather in the kitchen. Amy Askew, who has lived with her husband and children in their very large, Craftsman-style version of a Dutch Colonial in Roland Park, certainly agrees.

Home for the holidays in Monkton

12:37 PM EST, November 21, 2012

Home for the holidays in Monkton

It is not often that a visitor receives a Dickensian welcome at the front gate of a historic Monkton home decorated for the holidays. Dressed to the nines in fresh greenery, this circa 1840, white-washed brick structure wears red bows and pine cones on green wreaths like haute couture.

Dream home: Twin historic town houses in Federal Hill

3:23 PM EST, November 16, 2012

Dream home: Twin historic town houses in Federal Hill

A pair of side-by-side brick townhouses might be two of the most lovingly restored homes in the historic neighborhood of Federal Hill. They sit off a wide, brick-lined street. Separated on the ground level by a sally port (a narrow, open passage way), each has a door painted soft gold, each features third-floor garrets and each has windows cloaked in black shutters.

Irish spirit warms couple's home in northern Balto. Co.

3:37 PM EST, December 13, 2012

Irish spirit warms couple's home in northern Balto. Co.

Europeans would have a laugh at our expense over what we consider an old structure. Nevertheless, Monkton's Stone Haven Farm, owned by Dan Saffer and his wife, JoAnne Duffy, had been standing for eight years when Handel's "Messiah" was first performed. The home's rugged stones braved winter two decades before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and years before Baltimore City became incorporated. By American standards, it's really quite old.

Dream home: Luxury condo is paradise found

7:29 PM EDT, October 25, 2012

Dream home: Luxury condo is paradise found

GrandView, a condominium highrise in the heart of Annapolis Towne Centre, certainly lives up to its name, especially in the 12th-floor penthouse of Barry and Olga Scher.

Federal Hill fantasy comes true for couple

12:11 AM EST, December 4, 2012

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Federal Hill fantasy comes true for couple

Through a stroke of good luck and perfect timing, Polly and Terry Smith became residents of Federal Hill six years ago.

New rehab points the way home

6:10 PM EDT, September 13, 2012

New rehab points the way home

Wisconsin transplant Dana Ostrenga has spent the past 14 years on the south side of Baltimore.

Dream home: Top deck in Federal Hill

7:09 PM EDT, September 20, 2012

Dream home: Top deck in Federal Hill

Most visitors walking along the streets in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood cannot resist peeping into the windows of its restored homes and marveling at the variety of interiors lying behind the rows and rows of brick facades.

Dream home: It's a whimsical life at Owings Mills condo

7:14 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

Dream home: It's a whimsical life at Owings Mills condo

When Sue Schwartzman first walked through her newly built single-family home in Owings Mills, she carried four paint samples from room to room. All Duron colors, their names — Mystic Green, Viola Satin, Prestige Purple and Violet Kohl — got her creative juices flowing.

Dream Home: An industrial, contemporary redo in Federal Hill

2:36 PM EDT, October 12, 2012

Dream Home: An industrial, contemporary redo in Federal Hill

Many buyers looking for a lovely and quaint place to live in Baltimore City would probably have torn down the crumbling wreck of a house (in a perfect downtown location, however) in favor of rebuilding from the ground up. Not so with Kevin and Shelley Horten, who greet their guests at the side entrance of a completely rehabilitated, end-of-group rowhouse in Federal Hill.

Dream home: Finding favor in a friendly home

10:20 PM EDT, September 1, 2012

Dream home: Finding favor in a friendly home

Maura Iacoboni always admired her friend's home, a two-story Colonial-style structure in Timonium in Baltimore County. Little wonder, then, that when the home was put on the market earlier this year, she jumped on it.

Dream Home: A former country kid finds happiness in a row house in Canton

4:14 PM EST, November 8, 2012

Dream Home: A former country kid finds happiness in a row house in Canton

Brandon Hamschin grew up next door to a dairy farm in rural western Pennsylvania. So when this 31-year old engineer headed south to work in an applied physics lab in Laurel, Md., he knew a complete change was due and willingly opted for city-life.

Howard couple's beach home is like a fairy tale

3:59 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

Howard couple's beach home is like a fairy tale

Ellicott City residents Rosario and Maria Di Marco never lost their desire to have a second home by the sea in Lewes, Del. To this day, the quiet resort town holds happy memories of summer vacations at Fort Miles near Cape Henlopen Park when their children were growing up.

Dream home: Pasadena renovation creates space for growing family

2:17 PM EDT, August 15, 2012

Dream home: Pasadena renovation creates space for growing family

In the beginning, the Pasadena home purchased by Matt and Jenny Knoepfle was not so much a dream as it was a challenge.

Charming changes give home personality, but family gives it meaning

6:12 PM EDT, September 27, 2012

Charming changes give home personality, but family gives it meaning

Lynn and Scott Wegner are used to people telling them theirs is the most unusual home in the Towson neighborhood of Chartleigh. They agree wholeheartedly, even as they enjoy the multiple renovations they have made since purchasing 1950s split-level back in 1993.

Dream home: Collecting walls of whimsy in Canton

3:31 PM EDT, October 5, 2012

Dream home: Collecting walls of whimsy in Canton

Homeowner's hobby leaves an impression on waterfront townhouse.

Dream home: Color-blind bachelor designs artful space

4:10 PM EDT, August 2, 2012

Dream home: Color-blind bachelor designs artful space

In 1985, attorney David Snyder purchased one side of a duplex in Baltimore between the upscale neighborhoods of Roland Park and Guilford. The 1929 brick Georgian-style home had a stately exterior but would need an interior makeover.

Dream home: Sparrows Point street is window to the past

9:15 AM EDT, July 20, 2012

Dream home: Sparrows Point street is window to the past

The Stadlers' story is a tale of two houses on the same riverfront street in Sparrows Point and a dream that began when Tim Stadler was just a young boy.

Dream home: Kent Island couple's neighbor is Bay Bridge

3:53 PM EDT, July 25, 2012

Dream home: Kent Island couple's neighbor is Bay Bridge

A half-mile or so from the highest point on the Bay Bridge, heading east on U.S. 50 toward Kent Island, you can see a large green house at the water's edge, its 60-foot pier jutting into the bay.

Deep Creek vacation home is dream of a lifetime

10:18 AM EDT, July 13, 2012

Deep Creek vacation home is dream of a lifetime

Hanging on the wall of Mike and Jean Tumbarello's new retreat at Deep Creek Lake is an old framed greeting card with a primitive drawing of a brown log cabin nestled among trees aglow with autumn colors. The scene is rendered in crayon with a sentiment that reads, in part: "Jean, here's our cottage in the country. I wish I were in it with you right now. …"

Dream home: Westminster family enjoys relaxed country living

3:36 PM EDT, July 6, 2012

Dream home: Westminster family enjoys relaxed country living

As you drive up to the Beckers' front door in Carroll County's Sun Valley development, large front yards and a good chunk of land between homes create a warm feeling of country living amid open fields.

Dream home: Creative use of space

5:35 PM EDT, June 29, 2012

Dream home: Creative use of space

Among all the lovely, quirky, industrial, upscale, up-and-coming and historic Baltimore neighborhoods, Danielle LeClair chose Highlandtown for the nearby park — and the parking.

Dream home: Overlook Clipper Mill home is thoroughly modern

5:37 PM EDT, August 9, 2012

Dream home: Overlook Clipper Mill home is thoroughly modern

Overlook Clipper Mill is a community where groups of duplexes — oddly reminiscent of the 50-year-old TV cartoon show "The Jetsons" — rise up in harmony with the grade of the land on which they have been built.

Dream home: Condo has waterfront view of history

4:27 PM EDT, May 16, 2012

Dream home: Condo has waterfront view of history

In July, Joe Zuccaro will celebrate one year of living in a condo in a historic Fells Point tobacco warehouse that he refers to as "a Renaissance bachelor's pad with a million-dollar view."

Making a connection between heart and home

June 17, 2012

Making a connection between heart and home

From the bucolic setting of her country home in Monkton to the gentle hum of the palm leaf paddles on the ceiling fans in her covered porch, Kim Eastburn's philosophy of decorating is apparent.

Dream home: Southern-style with a touch of glam

12:47 PM EDT, April 19, 2012

Dream home: Southern-style with a touch of glam

There is a small area in Northwest Baltimore where, beyond an imposing wrought-iron gate, a narrow lane provides access to 18 homes of different sizes and styles. Color abounds here, by way of a variety of flowers, bushes and trees showing on the front and back lawns of each house.

Open for entertaining

6:15 PM EDT, June 5, 2012

Open for entertaining

Jodi Fader, a condo owner at Baltimore's Ritz-Carlton Residences at the Inner Harbor, will tell you there's nothing like knocking out a few walls to welcome in a world of light and water views.

Designer's dream emerges from Lutherville carriage house

4:45 PM EDT, April 13, 2012

Designer's dream emerges from Lutherville carriage house

Standing in the driveway of Arleen Dvorine's Lutherville property, it is clear she has successfully realized her dream of converting an old carriage house into an office and home.

English cottage revival in Homeland

1:28 PM EDT, May 24, 2012

English cottage revival in Homeland

John and Leila Juracek's British friends tell them their 1929 Tudor Revival house in Baltimore's Homeland neighborhood is more like an English cottage than the country cottages in England.

Dream home: Couple puts personal touches on Perry Hall home

1:15 PM EDT, June 21, 2012

Dream home: Couple puts personal touches on Perry Hall home

Six years ago, George and Jennifer Klein were looking for the perfect spot to build a new home. They found it in a wooded lot in the Baltimore County development of The Highlands of Perry Hall.

Dream home: After 20 years, couple remakes their 'old shore home'

2:07 PM EDT, April 4, 2012

Dream home: After 20 years, couple remakes their 'old shore home'

Some people purchase waterfront property with the intent of tearing down any structures as soon as possible. It's usually the land they are after.

Historic House Tour of Fells Point features a 200-year-old mariner's house

11:12 AM EDT, May 4, 2012

Historic House Tour of Fells Point features a 200-year-old mariner's house

A multicolored grouping of four clapboard rowhouses in Fells Point stands out like Gerbera daisies against the Formstone and brick fronts of its neighbors on either side.

Dream home: Parkville condo is couple's perfect retirement plan

May 13, 2012

Dream home: Parkville condo is couple's perfect retirement plan

Robert Larkin's association with Oak Crest retirement community in Parkville began long before he and his wife purchased a condo there in 2001. The 86-year-old retired Baltimore City police major had contacts with Oak Crest before it even opened its doors.

Dream home: Couple's farmhouse celebrates fresh start

February 19, 2012

Dream home: Couple's farmhouse celebrates fresh start

Rick and Mickey Price live on a 340-acre farm in northern Baltimore County. Their rambling, two-story farmhouse sits high and exposed on the land's crest, with acres upon acres rolling softly below and the nearest neighbor over a quarter-mile away.

Dream home: Painted jewel in Cedarcroft

9:16 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Dream home: Painted jewel in Cedarcroft

The question had been nagging for almost the entire half-hour spent seated at the kitchen table of Mary Veiga and Jeff Lipkin's home in Baltimore. Just as the urge to know the cost of a thick, pure slab of marble on the kitchen counter is about to trump politeness, the answer is freely given.

Villa is perfect start to couple's second time around

1:50 PM EST, March 8, 2012

Villa is perfect start to couple's second time around

When William and Freddi Vaughn tied the knot seven years ago, they desired a home that would merge their lives as two mature adults finding love anew.

Dream home: Drawn to water, couple finds dream home on pier in Baltimore

4:16 PM EST, February 10, 2012

Dream home: Drawn to water, couple finds dream home on pier in Baltimore

Chip Olsen and his wife, Linda, grew up on Long Island. Their memories, reflected in framed photographs on the walls of their home, are of long afternoons sitting on sandy beaches or idly dangling their feet from one of the many piers along the shore.

Dream home: Reservoir of style and charm

3:50 PM EST, January 12, 2012

Dream home: Reservoir of style and charm

Rebecca Yenawine and Mark Carter are accustomed to awe-struck looks when visitors cross the foyer of their 19th-century rowhouse in Reservoir Hill.

Dream home: Family enjoys rewards of renovated Patterson Park rowhouse

2:57 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Dream home: Family enjoys rewards of renovated Patterson Park rowhouse

Often when an old home is in the final stages of an interior renovation, the grandeur of new molding, flooring and light fixtures stands out like a masterfully worked canvas awaiting the addition of the primary subject. Such is the story unfolding behind the new windows of the Alice and Mike Gosse's circa 1920 East Baltimore rowhouse, where the scarcity of furniture draws full attention to the quality of the detailed work completed.

Dream home: Foreclosure find yields cozy treasure for father, daughter

January 5, 2012

Dream home: Foreclosure find yields cozy treasure for father, daughter

Most people, unless headed to a specific address, will simply drive past the two-story row houses that line the curb along Fleet Street in East Baltimore. Few are wider than 15 feet; their only mark of individuality is usually found in the variety of front doors. Many of these houses, dating to 1910, are examples of exterior brick restoration, while others still bask in the Formstone glory of 1940's exterior home improvement.

Dream home: Cottage is educated choice for former Goucher president

7:56 PM EST, February 29, 2012

Dream home: Cottage is educated choice for former Goucher president

On the 94-acre campus of Broadmead, a retirement community, there is an immediate sense that this isomething very different from preconceived notions about senior life residences.

Dream home: Couple finds room to improve in Westminster

3:14 PM EDT, March 23, 2012

Dream home: Couple finds room to improve in Westminster

Bob Sleeper is a man who cannot be fenced in. While many of his friends are city dwellers, he craves the great outdoors. For this reason, he and his wife, Marian, left a large home in suburban Marriottsville in favor of an old — and much smaller — farmhouse in Westminster.

Dream home: Treasuring a lifelong collection

1:35 PM EST, January 26, 2012

Dream home: Treasuring a lifelong collection

The exterior of Lee and Sue Jensen's home in the Catonsville development of Fox Hall Farms is traditional and reserved. Like its connected group of neighbors, the Colonial-style facade features neutral-color siding, a brick chimney, multi-framed windows and a double-car garage. Even the street seems very quiet.

Dream home: Perry Hall condo is lofty perch

11:43 PM EST, December 27, 2011

Dream home: Perry Hall condo is lofty perch

From the halls of a condominium complex, every residence looks just about the same. The surprise is often in the sight that greets a visitor when the front door is answered. In the case of Wendy Galinn's condo, the wow factor is immediately apparent.

Dream home: 'The Wizard of Oz' effect

December 23, 2011

Dream home: 'The Wizard of Oz' effect

Mark Rucci and Randall Franklin's Anne Arundel County home offers a storybook setting.

Dream home: Waterfront condo keeps bachelor firmly planted

4:46 PM EST, February 23, 2012

Dream home: Waterfront condo keeps bachelor firmly planted

It seems that everyone at Canton Cove, a waterfront condominium complex east of Fells Point, knows Harvey Goldberg's two-story unit, even if they've never met the owner. People strolling along the harborside promenade can see his two big dogs peering intently from an upper bedroom window. Residents who have never been inside his home comment on the proliferation of plants, brimming wildly over his deck in direct contrast to the manicured lawn beyond it.

Dream home: Carroll County split-foyer gets makeover with personality

3:26 PM EST, February 3, 2012

Dream home: Carroll County split-foyer gets makeover with personality

The fascinating thing about the Carroll County bilevel home of Corynne Courpas and her husband, Scott Markle, is its dual personality.

Dream home: Courtyard is heart of Glyndon home

4:13 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Dream home: Courtyard is heart of Glyndon home

Low-slung rambler offers change of pace for couple.

Dream home: Finding a hearth at the harbor

November 26, 2011

Dream home: Finding a hearth at the harbor

Investor merges family and business at Ritz-Carlton residence.

Dream home: Finding sweet comfort at last

5:41 PM EDT, October 12, 2011

Dream home: Finding sweet comfort at last

Harford pastor and his wife enjoy tranquil living on bucolic acres.

Couple's Howard County dream home is mission fulfilled

7:06 PM EDT, October 26, 2011

Couple's Howard County dream home is mission fulfilled

Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home fits the bill.

Dream home: Fantasy island in Anne Arundel

6:43 PM EST, December 7, 2011

Dream home: Fantasy island in Anne Arundel

Couple's laidback Brewers Island retreat, in the middle of Marley Creek, is accessible only by boat.

Dream home near Chestertown is a Colonial classic

June 2, 2011

Dream home near Chestertown is a Colonial classic

Kent County waterfront farm is home of historic proportions.

Dream home: Harford duo finds the upside of downsizing

2:52 PM EST, January 19, 2012

Dream home: Harford duo finds the upside of downsizing

Downsizing often means making big changes in lifestyle. David and Deborah Russell never regretted the decision to do so.

Dream home: Couple goes back to the basics with Fenwick bungalow

September 15, 2011

Dream home: Couple goes back to the basics with Fenwick bungalow

Tiny beach house dating to 1950s 'is what it is'.

A fresh start

3:22 PM EST, November 17, 2011

A fresh start

Downsizing after the departure of their sons, a couple finds a compromise in a Roland Park townhouse.

Dream Home: Townhome on harbor makes staying put easy

6:49 PM EST, November 8, 2011

Dream Home: Townhome on harbor makes staying put easy

After multiple moves, couple finds a place that really fits.

Dream home: Sudbrook Victorian is a home for the holidays — and beyond

6:07 PM EDT, November 2, 2011

Dream home: Sudbrook Victorian is a home for the holidays — and beyond

Couple's historic property would fit perfectly into a Currier & Ives print.

Dream home: Ocean City's Harbor Island has mayor in residence

3:33 PM EDT, July 21, 2011

Dream home: Ocean City's Harbor Island has mayor in residence

Rick Meehan enjoys amenities and serenity of Harbor Island townhome.

Dream home: Delaware cottage celebrates culture of summer

12:56 PM EDT, September 9, 2011

Dream home: Delaware cottage celebrates culture of summer

Steve Appel, owner of Nouveau Contemporary, and his family share a beach house that's original in style.

Cross Keys condo sparkles with personality

12:47 PM EDT, September 29, 2011

Cross Keys condo sparkles with personality

Owner enjoys having space for all of her favorite things.

Couple gets custom treatment for Charlestown condo in Catonsville

7:10 PM EDT, September 1, 2011

Couple gets custom treatment for Charlestown condo in Catonsville

With two apartments, downsized living doesn't have to be small.

Hillside home has Italian villa vibe

1:41 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

Hillside home has Italian villa vibe

Couple's Harford residence was once 'ugly raised rancher'.

Dream home: A casual, comfortable cottage on the bay

1:09 PM EDT, August 4, 2011

Dream home: A casual, comfortable cottage on the bay

After nearly two decades, couple still enjoys Ocean City lifestyle.

Pikesville condo is treasure trove of memories

3:05 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

Pikesville condo is treasure trove of memories

Widow savors collection she shared with her husband.

Former garage coaxed into cozy cottage in Ruxton

7:18 PM EDT, July 28, 2011

Former garage coaxed into cozy cottage in Ruxton

Owner took 15 years to transform tiny space into perfect oasis.

Dream Home: Creating an Ocean City oasis

9:32 AM EDT, June 30, 2011

Dream Home: Creating an Ocean City oasis

Bill Allen's beachfront home in North Ocean City is the coastal living and entertaining space he's always wanted.

Mays Chapel townhouse is shining example

1:31 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Mays Chapel townhouse is shining example

Couple summons up glam and glitter amid bucolic setting.

Dream home: Silo Point is urban base for ex-military man

2:06 PM EDT, April 21, 2011

Dream home: Silo Point is urban base for ex-military man

Mark Romero finds his dream station at development in Baltimore's Locust Point.

Couple restores historic log home in Aberdeen

3:14 PM EDT, June 9, 2011

Couple restores historic log home in Aberdeen

Renovation has been Stephen and Sharon Hoffman's 23-year project.

Dream home: Modern remake

2:14 PM EST, March 3, 2011

Dream home: Modern remake

Waterfront townhome is transformed into contemporary showplace.

Couple's dream home showcases French connection

7:53 PM EDT, June 21, 2011

Couple's dream home showcases French connection

Empty-nesters fly the coop, moving from countryside to cityside harbor condominium.

Royal duty: Anne Arundel estate was a king's obligation

5:03 PM EDT, May 13, 2011

Royal duty: Anne Arundel estate was a king's obligation

Family's Arundel estate originated with a king's obligation.

Modular home is classy assembly in Butchers Hill

1:03 PM EDT, April 8, 2011

Modular home is classy assembly in Butchers Hill

Four-story contemporary home is elegant, with historic touches.

Dream home: Fenwick Island Victorian has sea charms

12:35 PM EDT, June 15, 2011

Dream home: Fenwick Island Victorian has sea charms

Couple builds beach home on site of former motel.

Federal Hill renovation brings generations together

3:55 PM EDT, August 11, 2011

Federal Hill renovation brings generations together

Family of women share three-story row house in Baltimore.

Southern comfort

2:08 PM EST, February 11, 2011

Southern comfort

Couple's riverfront home is antebellum in style and spirit.

Dream home: Comfort and harmony

5:22 PM EDT, March 23, 2011

Dream home: Comfort and harmony

owner follows vision for a balanced life in Harford County.

A home of precious stone

10:50 PM EDT, April 12, 2011

A home of precious stone

In this house of variegated Butler stone and stained pine, the eye is constantly drawn Adele Gammon puts a fresh twist on a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protege — and her late husband — Robert Fryer.

Dream home: Shore perfection in Bethany Beach

4:52 PM EDT, May 25, 2011

Dream home: Shore perfection in Bethany Beach

Seaside Victorian in Bethany Beach is modern retreat.

America's past inside Baltimore's history

12:34 AM EDT, July 8, 2011

America's past inside Baltimore's history

Condo in Little Italy provides backdrop for owner's American Indian collection.

Dream Home: Malt House condo showcases couple's art collection

5:39 PM EDT, May 17, 2011

Dream Home: Malt House condo showcases couple's art collection

John Bingle and Bob Thompson's home has the feel of an art gallery, thanks to their many artworks.

Dream home: Estate of zen

March 31, 2011

Dream home: Estate of zen

Couple's Baltimore County home reflects love of all things Asian.

Dream home: Ruxton carriage house is perfect roost for Watts family

3:46 PM EDT, May 5, 2011

Dream home: Ruxton carriage house is perfect roost for Watts family

For Dick Watts and his wife, Marcie, a historic carriage house is the perfect nest.

Dream home: Putting it together in Taneytown

7:01 PM EST, February 24, 2011

Dream home: Putting it together in Taneytown

Retired couple finds plenty to do in newly built home in Taneytown.

Dream home: A perfect fit

1:25 PM EST, March 9, 2011

Dream home: A perfect fit

Couple's Patterson Park home is eclectic delight.

Couple's retreat

6:50 PM EST, January 25, 2011

Couple's retreat

Butchers Hill townhouse is warm and inviting space for two.

Dream home: On level ground

3:42 PM EST, February 18, 2011

Dream home: On level ground

Couple enjoys living on expansive first floor of a two-story Lutherville house.

January 23, 2011

Traditional living

Couple finds love at first sight in Timonium villa.

Dream home: Historic gift

December 26, 2010

Dream home: Historic gift

Bed-and-breakfast in Ridgely's Delight is home to the past.

Grand plan

January 9, 2011

Grand plan

Jeanette Cole's Locust Point townhouse reserves space for grandchildren.

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