Essex mansion for sale on land once owned by Enoch Pratt

A 17th century land grant formerly known as Planter's Paradise, is now the setting for 2316 Bauernschmidt Drive in Baltimore County. Here, on property once owned by Baltimore philanthropist Enoch Pratt, sits a charming example of a rural frame-and-clapboard mansion designed in the Italianate style.

This mansion was built in 1909 by Agnes and Frederick Bauernschmidt, who owned a brewing company in Baltimore, as their summer home just blocks from the Middle River. Now on the market for $995,000, this manor house on three-quarters of an acre showcases a three-sided wrap-around porch with columns that support a four-sided second-story balcony.

Its spacious ground-floor rooms include a living room, sitting area, dining room, family room, den, solarium and kitchen all off a grand foyer. Combine that with four large bedrooms and five full bathrooms on the second level, it is easy to see why the house once served as a bed-and-breakfast for visitors to Turkey Point.

Over the past 10 years, its owners impeccably restored numerous features, including the stairway and arched windows in the third-floor cupola that look out over Middle River and the Chesapeake Bay. They also redesigned a modern kitchen — with all new appliances and granite countertops — and a cozy family room by combining smaller rooms in the rear of the house. Authentic touches also include high ceilings in all of the rooms, five decorative fireplaces, chair railings, crown molding, drapery rods and draperies.

The home's rear garden includes an in-ground pool, while a private beach and boat moorings are just a short walk away.

"This house won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for someone who appreciates the historic nature of the property, it is really quite well-done," said listing agent JoAnn Moncure with Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty. "There are some original elements that are really quaint and quite detailed, very typical of the period. I'm glad they were retained."

The specs

Address: 2316 Bauernschmidt Drive, Essex 21221

List price: $995,000

Year built: 1909

Square footage: 4,656

Acreage: .75

Taxes: $1,950

Listing agent: JoAnn Moncure, Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty

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