Historic mill village home with views of Patapsco River on the market for $625,000

A granite house in the historic mill town of Ellicott City is on the market for $625,000.

The three-bedroom, 31/2- bathroom home with views of the Patapsco River has been reimagined from two adjacent rowhouses into a 2,596-square-foot, single-family home with modern amenities while keeping true to the original design.


Built in 1808, the property was once housing for mill workers. The front entrance is accessible from the driveway and leads to the main living quarters. The original heart-of-pine floors can be found throughout the home. The cozy living room with a gas fireplace has a curved stairway that leads to a third-floor bedroom with an attached full bathroom.

The owner of the property, Charles L. Wagandt ll, 91, is the great-grandson of William James Dickey, who owned a mill in Oella and one in Dickeyville in Baltimore City. Wagandt has been an enthusiastic steward of the area and has been active in the restoration of homes and a builder of new ones. He is also responsible for having Oella Avenue placed on the National Historic Register.

"This house is a little bit unique," Wagandt said. "We're very proud of it."

The kitchen has been remodeled and features a cathedral ceiling (one of the attic spaces was used). Stainless-steel appliances, cherry cabinets and granite countertops are the modern touches to the space. Next to the kitchen is the dining room, which is a newly built addition. An exposed brick wall gives the room a rustic feel. A laundry room is also on the same level.

A staircase leads down to the first floor, where the master bedroom with attached bath and another bedroom with a full bathroom are located. The master bathroom features a marble tub and flooring with a shower. The hallway also has an exposed-brick wall; the hallway leads to a private garden. Both downstairs bedrooms have balconies that look out onto the Patapsco River.

A white picket fence encloses the property above a stone retaining wall. On the ground level, there are two cellars on either side of the house with separate entrances.

"This is for someone looking to combine their lifestyle with the community," said Kimberly Kepnes, listing agent for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

The specs

Address: 1213 Oella Ave., Ellicott City 21043

Year built: 1808

Square footage: 2,596

Taxes: $5,174

Realtor: Kimberly D. Kepnes, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage