Stately Home: Tanglewood, Ruxton Mansion in Mint Condition
Hot House: 7208 Bellona Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212
English county style estate, in stucco and slate, circa 1923, on 3+ acres. 6,121 sq. ft., with 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, cherry kitchen, with library, game room, 2-story great room, large master suite w/ dressing and sun room, enclosed porch. 25×50’ pool, hot tub, 3-car garage and extensive mature landscaping: $2,495,000
What: Even jaded house hunters rubberneck on this stretch of Bellona, lasciviously eyeing the dreamy mansions as they sweep down the hill toward Graul’s. Tanglewood is one of those mansions, and though billed as a “grande dame,” she’s more of an “old girl”— youthful enough, inside and out, to be worth giving a go.
The central part of the house is formal — a big center hall, living and dining rooms with fireplaces, the living room overlooking the brick terrace and impeccable back forty. But happily, the house has also been expanded, with wings on either side that offer lots of modern casual space, and bring Tanglewood right up-to-date. On the left wing, the addition is a two story great room with fireplace. On the right, the big plus is upstairs, with an extra large master bedroom suite, also with fireplace, where the best room in the house — a warm bright sunroom with windows on all sides — overlooks those beautiful grounds. Lots of hardscaping here, stone paths, well-chosen and well- groomed plantings, exactly what you would want. The pool area is sunny and private.
There are hardwood floors throughout the house, oil heat, central air, everything good to go.
Where: Bellona Avenue, west off of Charles, just north of Stevenson Lane. A fine location, with great access by car to points downtown, over to York Road, or up Charles and away on 695 or 83. Grocery shop at beloved and newly renovated Graul’s and troll the little shops at Ruxton Station for fun — The Little Shoe Box, Linens & Lingerie, Jewels, Rutland Beard Florist and more. What the neighborhood does need is a good restaurant — even just an okay one.
Why: Trophy house.
Why Not: Anxious about making a statement.
NB: 3+ acres included.
Hot House is sponsored by Cindy Conklin and Bob Merbler of Prudential YWGC Realty