Springfield Estate has 19th-century character for 21st-century living

The main house of Springfield Estate was built in 1800.
The main house of Springfield Estate was built in 1800. (Courtesy of Hometrack, Handout photo)

It is not often that a piece of Maryland architectural history goes on the market, which is one of myriad reasons that the Springfield Estate (also known as Peerce's Plantation) in northern Baltimore County is such a treasure.

At a selling price of $1.975 million, this circa-1800 homestead was accurately restored and renovated by a previous owner.


"The original block of the house is a classic and true Federal period residence," said Nancy Hubble, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "It was constructed of rubble stone, which was a very common building technique of the time."

Six bedrooms and five full bathrooms, plus one half bath, are found in the two-story main structure, which sits on 8 acres of property. The home speaks to old Tidewater architectural elements, such as a formal living room and dining room (each with their own fireplaces) off of a center hallway. Crown moldings, chair railings and built-in bookcases are additional 19th-century details that were found only in the residences of the wealthy.


Amid all the home's historical elements, Brecht renovated for 21st-century living. In a 1930s addition to the main house, he designed a commercial-grade kitchen that includes a brick oven. He also updated the great room with a wet bar and a paneled fireplace wall. Other amenities include central, zoned air conditioning, walk-in closets and ceramic bathrooms.

In addition to a three-car garage and porte cochere, the home features a renovated basement that has been prepped for a wine room.

"This is a house outfitted for the way people live today without compromising the original character and content of the house," Hubble said. "I'd call it an effortless transformation to the 21st century."

The specs

Address: 12605 Dulaney Valley Road, Phoenix 21131

List price: $1,975,000

Year built: 1800

Square footage: 5,886

Acreage: 8.01

Taxes: $8,726.

Listing agent: Nancy Hubble, the Hubble Bisbee Group of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Correction: An earlier version of this article inacurrately said Springfield Estate was renovated by P. Frederick Obrecht. The Sun regrets the error.

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