498 Withorn Court

This home was designed by Charles Nes Jr., who worked with the firm Palmer and Lamdin -- designers of many homes in Guilford, Roland Park and Homeland. (Courtesy of HomeVisit Digital Market, Handout photo / June 8, 2014)

A sterling representation of Baltimore's architectural past is for sale in the Mays Chapel area of Baltimore County for $1.5 million. The brick mansion at 498 Whithorn Court is the 1939 Art Deco masterpiece designed by Charles Nes Jr., who worked with the firm Palmer and Lamdin — designers of many homes in Guilford, Roland Park and Homeland.

Once the home of Broadway producer T.E. Hambleton, its 6,370 square feet of interior living space on 1.35 acres was renovated in 2002 by the current owners, who were mindful of Nes' detailing and style while adding more modern amenities.

A circular driveway leads to the home's front entrance and stylish foyer.

"Immediately off to the left, you are presented with a warm family room area with large windows that overlook mature landscaping," said listing agent Patrick Komiske, with the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate. "The walls are curved in many places, which are part of the original design and which really lends itself to the nice feeling."

Some of the home's features include four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms. Four fireplaces keep the winter chill at bay, while hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen, crown molding, arched openings from one room into another and built-in bookcases all add to the homey feel. The lower-level recreation room comes with a custom wine cellar.

The backyard is perfect for entertaining with its heated saltwater pool — featuring a combination of a waterfall, Olympic-size lap pool, wading pool and Jacuzzi, all surrounded by extensive hardscape, floodlights, a terrace and stonework patios.

"I love it when I find gems of history like this tucked in different locations," Komiske said. "You can just look at the property and know that something special has occurred there."

The specs

Address: 498 Whithorn Court, Lutherville-Timonium 21093

List price: $1.5 million

Year built: 1939

Square footage: 6,370

Taxes: $14,931

Listing agent: Pat Komiske Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate