Sun archive: Dream Home
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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8:42 AM EDT, July 2, 2015
Dr. Regina Anderson and her husband, Dr. Jim Campbell, designed their condo in Baltimore's Ritz-Carlton Residences around one magnificent point — a Steinway & Sons baby grand piano.
9:16 AM EDT, June 25, 2015
There is more than one way to improve upon a well-kept but outdated home after it has been purchased as a resale.
8:35 AM EDT, June 19, 2015
In 1915, as Baltimore celebrated the centennial of the start of the Washington Monument and a time capsule was placed in its base, new home construction popped up here and there around the city. In Roland Park, near the water tower, a small cluster of brick rowhouses was built.
11:01 PM EDT, June 11, 2015
Sometimes it takes a long while to find the right home for a family of five — especially when it includes three growing, active children.
2:01 AM EDT, May 29, 2015
Bob Kean has been restoring old houses his entire adult life. So when he moved from a large home in Baltimore's Roland Park to a two-story rowhouse on Eastern Avenue in Canton, the change was far more than downsizing his space.
11:09 PM EDT, May 14, 2015
An impressive stucco and stone, Mediterranean-inspired home exudes a dignified presence on 2 acres that back to woods in Owings Mills. With an exterior resembling a European country retreat, its three-level interior encompasses 7,520 square feet of living space.
8:51 AM EDT, April 30, 2015
When Peggie Pendergast moved to Maryland from a four-bedroom, Colonial-style home in Syracuse, N.Y., it was for love and practicality.
7:51 PM EDT, May 20, 2015
Like so many new waterfront homes found on the banks of eastern Baltimore County's rivers, the Wrights' cottage on Bird River sits on inherited property.
11:06 PM EDT, April 23, 2015
Surprises increasingly await visitors to Federal Hill homes. Many of these houses date to the mid-19th century, and today, furnishings complementing their traditional facades are, for the most part, the norm.
2:05 PM EDT, April 9, 2015
A boxy, rectangular house built of stucco and clapboard sits at the end of a sloping driveway. Nestled in a hillside and surrounded by woods, the home's facade — white, except for the lime green door — is like a blank screen, where branches of the tall trees move light and shadow across it.
1:25 PM EDT, March 26, 2015
When Dale and Christi Schmidt moved to Baltimore from Columbus, Ohio, in 2013, they knew city living was the only way to go. All of the other details, such as the neighborhood and furniture, would eventually fall into place. .
7:57 PM EDT, April 15, 2015
Lisa Lockwood used to think that house fires happened to other people. That was before Jan. 25, 2013.
1:40 PM EST, March 5, 2015
Most homeowners are familiar with the hassles that a brutally cold and snowy winter can deliver.
11:13 PM EST, February 26, 2015
A funny thing happened to Lynn Ridgely several years ago when she decided to make a few changes to her two-bedroom condominium in a Towson high-rise.
10:03 AM EDT, April 2, 2015
From a back road near Havre de Grace in Harford County, an enclave of five residences and a few outbuildings sits off to itself in an open field.
11:55 PM EST, February 19, 2015
One would never think that Jeanie Libutti considers her Victorian-style home in North Baltimore a downsize. With stone steps leading up to a wraparound porch supported by seven columns, it is easy to imagine the elegance — and space — within.
10:50 PM EST, February 5, 2015
June 20, 2013, is a date Sara Costello is not likely to forget. On that day, a fire started in the basement of her Butchers Hill rowhouse. The flames traveled quickly up two more stories, cutting a path through the center part of the 15-by-40-foot home.
12:03 AM EST, February 13, 2015
Smack in the middle of an Ellicott City housing development is a surprise. A sign at the head of a long driveway signals what lies ahead: "Burleigh Circa 1810."
8:41 PM EST, December 23, 2014
Megan McSally and her fiance, Joe Marino, had one very important reason for moving into their 4,800-square foot Colonial-style home on an acre in West Friendship — the two have a combined seven children.
11:44 AM EST, December 31, 2014
After renting a unit in the Harborview community for four years, Bryan Lucas was determined to take his time finding the perfect house in Baltimore to make his own.
11:39 PM EST, December 4, 2014
Ever marvel at the breakneck speed of new construction in downtown Baltimore, or the increasing migration of former suburbanites to the city?
7:14 PM EST, November 5, 2014
Fe T. Reyes-Dollete is a pediatrician with more than medicine on her mind and in her life.
10:33 PM EST, November 20, 2014
In the heart of Otterbein, just a few blocks west of Baltimore's busy Inner Harbor, sits a three-story brick home on a quiet street of similar structures where tranquillity rules.
1:58 PM EDT, October 30, 2014
Gary and Rebecca Perlow did not set out to buy a condo at the Ritz-Carlton Residences off Key Highway in Baltimore's Inner Harbor area. After all, they lived right down the street in the Townes at HarborView.
4:02 PM EDT, October 24, 2014
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.
11:43 PM EDT, October 16, 2014
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.
11:13 PM EDT, October 9, 2014
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.
12:02 AM EDT, October 3, 2014
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.
5:55 PM EDT, September 12, 2014
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.
10:57 PM EDT, August 21, 2014
When Evelyn Gorman bought her then-10-year-old contemporary brick townhouse in Ruxton 25 years ago, change was the first order of business.
2:59 PM EDT, August 1, 2014
On the waterfront
Second in a summer series highlighting dream homes on the water.
3:31 PM EDT, July 25, 2014
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.
2:37 PM EDT, September 5, 2014
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.
6:15 PM EDT, August 7, 2014
Brockett Horne and her husband, Chris Tesluk, say they chose their city home with the flip of a coin.
4:48 PM EDT, July 18, 2014
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.
2:08 PM EDT, August 15, 2014
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.
11:28 PM EDT, July 10, 2014
Wayne and Wende Allen found a second home, their vacation escape, in a convenient location — 24 miles from their Harford County home.
1:10 PM EDT, June 13, 2014
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.
4:20 PM EDT, July 2, 2014
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.
4:36 PM EDT, May 30, 2014
A funny thing happened to Joe and Morgan Horvath on their way to a community art show in Reservoir Hill a few years ago.
10:18 PM EDT, June 26, 2014
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.
7:00 PM EDT, June 19, 2014
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."
11:10 AM EDT, May 9, 2014
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.
3:13 PM EDT, May 21, 2014
Annapolis officials know that local homeowners who restore and preserve their historic properties play a vital role in the city's architectural legacy.
4:08 PM EDT, May 2, 2014
In the usual course of life's events, most people go to school. Very few people, however, buy a schoolhouse and call it home.
6:56 PM EDT, April 23, 2014
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.
4:08 PM EDT, March 20, 2014
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.
3:05 PM EDT, March 14, 2014
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.
6:41 PM EST, January 23, 2014
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.
3:07 PM EDT, April 18, 2014
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.
3:22 PM EST, February 27, 2014
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.
2:42 PM EST, January 17, 2014
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.
1:46 PM EST, March 7, 2014
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.
5:29 PM EDT, April 3, 2014
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?
12:10 PM EDT, August 16, 2013
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.
2:40 PM EST, February 12, 2014
Laura Mooney has made a fresh start in her second Canton home since 2003.
2:39 PM EST, January 31, 2014
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.
11:29 PM EDT, August 19, 2013
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.
6:59 PM EDT, August 8, 2013
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.
4:47 PM EST, January 3, 2014
It began as a casual search for a vacation home on the water.
11:40 PM EST, February 20, 2014
Brian Dermitt is ready for the rave reviews from visitors who arrive at his front door:
3:08 PM EDT, March 28, 2014
For many people, midlife is a time for fresh beginnings, and often those beginnings bring the exhilaration of reinvention.
6:51 PM EST, January 10, 2014
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.
4:40 PM EDT, July 17, 2013
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.
6:52 PM EDT, June 20, 2013
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.
7:07 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
The No. 1 one amenity the Ritz-Carlton Residences offers its condo owners is fabulous views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
8:50 AM EDT, July 12, 2013
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.
7:06 PM EDT, June 13, 2013
"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.
6:00 PM EDT, May 2, 2013
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.
7:05 PM EDT, July 25, 2013
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.
6:47 PM EDT, June 27, 2013
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.
5:56 PM EDT, September 5, 2013
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.
2:41 PM EST, November 22, 2013
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.
1:15 PM EDT, August 30, 2013
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.
7:40 PM EDT, April 11, 2013
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.
4:19 PM EDT, May 31, 2013
It is a long way from Lubbock, Texas, to Baltimore's Reservoir Hill, but Kelly Dale Terrill was up for the change.
4:16 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
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.
12:22 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
When Gunther and Linda Than moved into their one-bedroom unit in Canton's Anchorage Tower condominiums, they really downsized.
6:53 PM EDT, March 14, 2013
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.
5:22 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
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.
4:45 PM EDT, April 4, 2013
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.
12:05 PM EST, March 7, 2013
In the beginning, the search for a new home was all about studio space for artist Tendai Johnson, an instructor at Montgomery College.
12:26 PM EDT, March 21, 2013
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.
12:41 PM EST, February 28, 2013
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.
3:00 PM EST, January 25, 2013
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.
7:10 PM EST, February 14, 2013
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.
6:30 PM EST, February 21, 2013
People driving down a two-lane road in Jacksonville often slow down at a large Maryland Historical Society marker with the heading "Quinn."
4:32 PM EST, January 31, 2013
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.
6:32 PM EST, January 17, 2013
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.
6:32 PM EST, January 9, 2013
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.
1:41 PM EST, December 28, 2012
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.
6:44 PM EST, January 3, 2013
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.
November 30, 2012
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.
2:35 PM EST, December 20, 2012
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.
November 4, 2012
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.
12:37 PM EST, November 21, 2012
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.
3:23 PM EST, November 16, 2012
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.
3:37 PM EST, December 13, 2012
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.
7:29 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
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.
12:11 AM EST, December 4, 2012
Through a stroke of good luck and perfect timing, Polly and Terry Smith became residents of Federal Hill six years ago.
6:10 PM EDT, September 13, 2012
Wisconsin transplant Dana Ostrenga has spent the past 14 years on the south side of Baltimore.
7:09 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
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.
7:14 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
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.
10:20 PM EDT, September 1, 2012
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.
2:36 PM EDT, October 12, 2012
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.
4:14 PM EST, November 8, 2012
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.
3:59 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
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.
2:17 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
In the beginning, the Pasadena home purchased by Matt and Jenny Knoepfle was not so much a dream as it was a challenge.
6:12 PM EDT, September 27, 2012
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.
4:10 PM EDT, August 2, 2012
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.
9:15 AM EDT, July 20, 2012
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.
3:53 PM EDT, July 25, 2012
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.
10:18 AM EDT, July 13, 2012
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. …"
3:31 PM EDT, October 5, 2012
Homeowner's hobby leaves an impression on waterfront townhouse.
3:36 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
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.
5:35 PM EDT, June 29, 2012
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.
5:37 PM EDT, August 9, 2012
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.
June 17, 2012
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.
4:27 PM EDT, May 16, 2012
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."
12:47 PM EDT, April 19, 2012
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.
4:45 PM EDT, April 13, 2012
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.
6:15 PM EDT, June 5, 2012
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.
1:15 PM EDT, June 21, 2012
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.
2:07 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
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.
9:16 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
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.
1:28 PM EDT, May 24, 2012
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.
11:12 AM EDT, May 4, 2012
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.
February 19, 2012
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.
2:57 PM EDT, March 15, 2012
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.
7:56 PM EST, February 29, 2012
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.
May 13, 2012
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.
1:50 PM EST, March 8, 2012
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.
4:16 PM EST, February 10, 2012
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.
3:50 PM EST, January 12, 2012
Rebecca Yenawine and Mark Carter are accustomed to awe-struck looks when visitors cross the foyer of their 19th-century rowhouse in Reservoir Hill.
3:14 PM EDT, March 23, 2012
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.
January 5, 2012
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.
1:35 PM EST, January 26, 2012
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.
11:43 PM EST, December 27, 2011
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.
4:46 PM EST, February 23, 2012
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.
December 23, 2011
Mark Rucci and Randall Franklin's Anne Arundel County home offers a storybook setting.
3:26 PM EST, February 3, 2012
The fascinating thing about the Carroll County bilevel home of Corynne Courpas and her husband, Scott Markle, is its dual personality.
November 26, 2011
Investor merges family and business at Ritz-Carlton residence.
5:41 PM EDT, October 12, 2011
Harford pastor and his wife enjoy tranquil living on bucolic acres.
4:13 PM EST, December 14, 2011
Low-slung rambler offers change of pace for couple.
7:06 PM EDT, October 26, 2011
Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home fits the bill.
June 2, 2011
Kent County waterfront farm is home of historic proportions.
6:43 PM EST, December 7, 2011
Couple's laidback Brewers Island retreat, in the middle of Marley Creek, is accessible only by boat.
September 15, 2011
Tiny beach house dating to 1950s 'is what it is'.
3:22 PM EST, November 17, 2011
Downsizing after the departure of their sons, a couple finds a compromise in a Roland Park townhouse.
3:33 PM EDT, July 21, 2011
Rick Meehan enjoys amenities and serenity of Harbor Island townhome.
12:56 PM EDT, September 9, 2011
Steve Appel, owner of Nouveau Contemporary, and his family share a beach house that's original in style.
2:52 PM EST, January 19, 2012
Downsizing often means making big changes in lifestyle. David and Deborah Russell never regretted the decision to do so.
6:49 PM EST, November 8, 2011
After multiple moves, couple finds a place that really fits.
6:07 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Couple's historic property would fit perfectly into a Currier & Ives print.
1:41 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
Couple's Harford residence was once 'ugly raised rancher'.
12:47 PM EDT, September 29, 2011
Owner enjoys having space for all of her favorite things.
7:10 PM EDT, September 1, 2011
With two apartments, downsized living doesn't have to be small.
3:05 PM EDT, August 18, 2011
Widow savors collection she shared with her husband.
1:31 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
Couple summons up glam and glitter amid bucolic setting.
1:09 PM EDT, August 4, 2011
After nearly two decades, couple still enjoys Ocean City lifestyle.
7:18 PM EDT, July 28, 2011
Owner took 15 years to transform tiny space into perfect oasis.
2:06 PM EDT, April 21, 2011
Mark Romero finds his dream station at development in Baltimore's Locust Point.
2:14 PM EST, March 3, 2011
Waterfront townhome is transformed into contemporary showplace.
9:32 AM EDT, June 30, 2011
Bill Allen's beachfront home in North Ocean City is the coastal living and entertaining space he's always wanted.
7:53 PM EDT, June 21, 2011
Empty-nesters fly the coop, moving from countryside to cityside harbor condominium.
5:03 PM EDT, May 13, 2011
Family's Arundel estate originated with a king's obligation.
1:03 PM EDT, April 8, 2011
Four-story contemporary home is elegant, with historic touches.
3:14 PM EDT, June 9, 2011
Renovation has been Stephen and Sharon Hoffman's 23-year project.
12:35 PM EDT, June 15, 2011
Couple builds beach home on site of former motel.
2:08 PM EST, February 11, 2011
Couple's riverfront home is antebellum in style and spirit.
5:22 PM EDT, March 23, 2011
owner follows vision for a balanced life in Harford County.
10:50 PM EDT, April 12, 2011
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.
3:55 PM EDT, August 11, 2011
Family of women share three-story row house in Baltimore.
4:52 PM EDT, May 25, 2011
Seaside Victorian in Bethany Beach is modern retreat.
12:34 AM EDT, July 8, 2011
Condo in Little Italy provides backdrop for owner's American Indian collection.
5:39 PM EDT, May 17, 2011
John Bingle and Bob Thompson's home has the feel of an art gallery, thanks to their many artworks.
March 31, 2011
Couple's Baltimore County home reflects love of all things Asian.
3:46 PM EDT, May 5, 2011
For Dick Watts and his wife, Marcie, a historic carriage house is the perfect nest.
7:01 PM EST, February 24, 2011
Retired couple finds plenty to do in newly built home in Taneytown.
1:25 PM EST, March 9, 2011
Couple's Patterson Park home is eclectic delight.
6:50 PM EST, January 25, 2011
Butchers Hill townhouse is warm and inviting space for two.
3:42 PM EST, February 18, 2011
Couple enjoys living on expansive first floor of a two-story Lutherville house.
January 23, 2011
Couple finds love at first sight in Timonium villa.
December 26, 2010
Bed-and-breakfast in Ridgely's Delight is home to the past.
January 9, 2011
Jeanette Cole's Locust Point townhouse reserves space for grandchildren.
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