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The 1892 Beaux Arts mansion that once served as the summer home of the Abell family, founders of The Baltimore Sun, is on the market for $3.89 million.

Located on 1.5 acres in a gated community off North Charles Street, the 15,000-square-foot home is being offered by Chris Dahdah of Hill & Co. Realtors in the Village of Cross Keys.

The current owner purchased the house in 2006 and spent two years renovating it.

"What's remarkable about this house is that you'd think something this large would be cavernous and cold with huge open spaces, [but] it's a very warm, lived-in family home," Dahdah said.

The traditional interior floor plan showcases decorative molding, oak paneling and warm tones of paint on the walls. There are six bedrooms on the upper two levels, five full bathrooms, three half-baths, a living room, dining room, kitchen and breakfast room, a sitting room, recreation room, family room, den and library. Ten wood-burning fireplaces are found throughout the home's three levels.

"You enter the home through double doors and you are in a large entry hall, one very beautiful room," Dahdah continued. "The first thing you see is a grand staircase. At the other end of the hall is a huge fireplace, a sitting room and a bar. This area is great for entertaining; you can easily have a hundred people just in the entry way alone and not feel crowded."

The owner has landscaped the exterior for privacy in the gated neighborhood known as the Abell Ridge community.

The home's kitchen includes a butler's pantry. Built-in china cabinets and bookcases, a curved, dual staircase, and beamed and tray ceilings are found in parts of the house.

The exterior of the home, built of brick, metal and stone, features multiple balconies and a widow's walk on the roof with breathtaking views, especially at night. There is a front porch and wrap-around porch, a sport court and an underground lawn sprinkler system.

"We're really looking for that one person that wants this large of a home," Dahdah said. "It might be a history buff who loves old homes and would appreciate the restoration. [The owner] did everything as historically accurate as he could."

The specs

Address: 703 Abell Ridge Circle, Towson 21204

Asking price: $3,89 million

Square footage: 13,006

Taxes: $23,630

Listing agent: Chris Dahdah, Hill & Co. Village of Cross Keys

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