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Octagonal house in Lutherville on the market for $849,000

A rare octagonal-design home in Lutherville, the Baltimore County neighborhood's third-oldest house, is on the market for $849,000.

"I can't tell you how many people say to me how they've enjoyed driving past this house for years," said listing agent Brad Cox, with Long & Foster Real Estate.

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Built in 1856 by the Rev. William Hellig, the house almost met its demise during the Civil War when a Confederate soldier threatened to burn the house down if he wasn't given money, Cox said. Luckily, Hellig was the town's postmaster and handed over the post office funds to save the home.

The home's 12-foot ceilings on the first floor, transom doors and sash windows let in tremendous amounts of light throughout this three-story, 2,800-square-foot home.

The front foyer leads to a half-bath that has generous storage. Continuing down the hallway is the music room, while turning left takes one into the dining room, living room and kitchen.

At the center of the four-bedroom, 21/2-bathroom home is a walnut stairwell that wraps around to the second floor to the attic. A second smaller staircase by the foyer leads to the master bedroom and bathroom. The original Georgia pine wood floors are found throughout.

The house was nearly demolished due to age and neglect when in 1946, William and Elizabeth Packard bought the property and restored it.

The original mansard roof and cupola were removed, as was the second-story porch. A rosy pink stucco exterior was added. Salvaged wrought iron railings and window grilles were used, and still adorn the house.

Newer amenities include a grand porte cochere and an enlarged modern kitchen. The kitchen features granite countertops, a Jenn-Air stove and a peninsula island with cabinet space galore.

"Although it's been updated, it still retains its original character," Cox said.

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