Lutherville home combines traditional and contemporary

Old World ambience meets contemporary construction in this custom-built chalet at 11918 Berans Road in Lutherville. Located on 3.38 acres, the home's steeply pitched roof, two-story tower with bay windows, arched brick entrance, windows and side porch are reminiscent of Tuscan architecture.

Within a traditional layout of consisting of 7,000 square feet of living space across three levels, the marble-floored, two-story foyer welcomes guests in grand style. Adjacent to the foyer's winding staircase is a formal dining room, where a lovely arch and two openings reveal the formal living room. A large bedroom suite on this first level opens to a solarium with a tin ceiling and decorated with murals. Arched windows look out on landscaping, while an arched doorway leads to the side porch — complete with wooden swing.

The opposite wing of the house consists of a gourmet kitchen with Jenn-Air appliances and a breakfast nook with bay window, as well as a sitting room. Beyond the sitting room is the great room with its cathedral ceiling, two-story stone fireplace and a wall of built-in cabinets and bookcases.

"The owner's wife designed the entire house using superior two-by-six construction as opposed to the usual two-by-four [wall framing]," said listing agent C. Lynn Barranger with Exit Results Realty. "On the second level, there is a sitting area off of the master bedroom suite and an open hallway that looks down on the foyer [and] leads to three more bedrooms."

Barranger also notes the lower-level in-law suite, bringing the total to six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bathroom.

"I love the house's traditional layout," Barranger said. "With windows in every room of the house looking out on woods, you feel like you're living in a treehouse. The area is so secluded yet so close to Interstate 83 and the [Baltimore] Beltway."

The specs

Address: 11918 Berans Road, Lutherville 21093

List price: $1.245 million

Year built: 1997

Living space: 7,000 square feet

Taxes: $10,682

Listing agent: C. Lynn Barranger, Exit Results Realty

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