Revisiting the heyday of department stores and five-and-dimes

Small but stylish home in Oella

Marietta Ries has no compunction about her decision to live little. When she and her partner, Pete Boettcher, both 54, decided to ditch urban life, they found an 1,800-square-foot duplex in Ellicott City’s historic Oella neighborhood. Ries fell for the home’s features, including its petite proportions.

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