Desirable Spaces: Historic 1800s home for under $750K in Pikesville

A 19th-century log-and-chinking home in Pikesville is on the market for $749,800.

According to the Maryland Historical Trust, the property dates to 1696. The house stands on a fragment of a 1,000-acre Colonial land grant given to Maryland's attorney general at the time, Charles Carroll.


This historic house, built around 1860, is thought to have served as the caretaker's house on the 101-acre Strontia Estate, named after a mineral springs company of the same name founded by Oliver MacGill in 1877. His wife, Mary, was a descendant of the Carroll family, and the estate was their country retreat.

The charming house now sits on 2.37 acres in the subdivision of Timothys Green. It features a flagstone path leading up to a beamed and bluestone porch. The chinking — mortar that fills the gaps in the log walls — provides protection and insulation against the elements.

This log-and-chinking style continues the inside the house and can be found downstairs and in an upstairs den as well. The chestnut logs are original.

The downstairs has wood flooring throughout. There are two staircases in the home, a main staircase in the front foyer and a back staircase in the kitchen that leads to the upstairs den.

It is noted in the house's history that the front living room fireplace opening is supported by thirteen bricks that represent the original states of the Union. The fireplace has a wood mantel and built-in bookcases on either side.

The dining room has built-in china cabinets, a fireplace and two windows. From the dining room, a set of swing doors leads to a storage room with a sink and some shelves that is thought to be the original kitchen.

Next to this room is the current kitchen. To the left of the kitchen is a mudroom with a pantry and a side door that opens onto a side porch.

A downstairs bedroom can be found off the hallway. There also is a laundry room and a full bathroom with a shower.

The upstairs has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms off the hallway. The master bedroom is carpeted and has two door-less closets. Two other bedrooms have the same style of closet without doors but has some built-in shelving.

One of the bathrooms has hardwood floors, and features hand-painted blue tiles in the shower. The other full bath features a cast iron tub and wooden floors.

"This is not like selling a normal house," said listing agent Heidi Krauss of Krauss real property brokerage. "It's looking for its next steward."

The specs

Address: 8 Timothys Green, Pikesville, MD., 21208

Year build: Circa 1860

Square footage: 2,546 sq. ft.


Taxes: $5,872

Listing agent: Heidi Krauss, Krauss real property brokerage