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Jay Gatsby would have felt at home in this Pikesville space

The panache and entertaining lifestyle of 1920s Baltimore awaits the buyer who purchases the 88-year-old grand residence at 115 Woodholme Ave. in Baltimore County, currently offered at $889,000.

"We've been calling it the '[Great] Gatsby' style of mansion," said listing agent Michael J. Schiff of Keller Williams Realty Baltimore. "It's very over the top; a true showhome for your guests."

Within its two-story, 7,100-square foot interior, the rooms are spacious and elegant. From the marble floor of the center hall foyer, the home's traditional layout boasts substantial rooms that include a formal, sunken living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, a slate-floored sunroom, a family room with a wood-beam ceiling — and finally, a 19-foot by 45-foot ballroom with custom-painted hardwood floors and a ceiling painted in Victorian-style fashion.

"When I first walked into this house, I noticed how original it is compared to the everyday houses we see," Schiff said. "Even if you go all out with custom [design], the conventional build of today has lost the ornate detailing of the past."

Four wood-burning fireplaces and one gas fireplace take center stage in rooms that showcase custom-painted walls, hardwood floors, crown molding and chair rails, tray ceilings and custom stained glass. The ballroom is enhanced with natural light from six Palladian windows.

Four bedrooms and four full bathrooms are on the second level. A "his and hers" master bathroom features marble flooring, sitting room and a glass mosaic tile shower.

A private studio apartment with a separate entrance is equipped with a full bathroom, kitchenette, and open living space for a bedroom and sitting room.

Located on more than an acre of land with a built-in pool, the house is accessed from the street by a paved stone circular driveway.

The specs

Address: 115 Woodholme Ave., Pikesville 21208

Asking price: $889,000

Taxes: $10,813

Living area: 7,100

Year built: 1925

Listing agent: Michael J. Schiff, Keller Williams Realty Baltimore

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