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Desirable Spaces: Large, family friendly Tudor home in Baltimore's Poplar Hill

For The Baltimore Sun
The sprawling garden is just one highlight of this big Tudor in north Baltimore.

A large Tudor home built in 1929 in Poplar Hill is on the market for $965,000.

This six bedroom, 41/2- bathroom home is ideal for a family with small children, said Toby Pitts, who with his wife, Lisa, raised their three children there.

The large property, up a hill off Falls Road in north Baltimore, offers gardens, walking paths and boulders for climbing. Two towering cast iron columns frame a vegetable garden. They were rescued from St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore during a renovation and were duplicates made from the same foundry that made the original ones for the U.S. Capitol building.

The home is comfortable and elegant but not fussy. The front foyer features a powder room on the right and a hallway off to the left leading to a small room that can serve as an office. Original hardwood floors found here continue throughout much of the home.

A large stove-top range built into a defunct fireplace anchors the kitchen, which features stainless steel appliances, a double oven, wood accented cream cabinets and a large wood-topped center island. An adjacent butler's pantry has white cabinets with red counter tops. A back staircase from the kitchen leads to the second floor.

The kitchen opens to a year-round sunroom with tile floors, and wall-to-wall windows that let in plenty of natural sunlight. The living room is large and sunny as well. A white wood mantle frames the large wood-burning fireplace. Arched windows, crown molding, and built-in bookcases add to this room's charm.

The owners remodeled a den into a graceful paneled library, featuring built-in bookcases and the flooring made of reused large-plank barn wood. A wood-framed door leads to the backyard. Another door from the library leads to a formal dining room with a sizable picture window and crown molding.

The second floor master bedroom has an attached bathroom and shower. Down the hallway are two more bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill bathroom with dark marble tile and a shower with a glass door. Another bedroom has an attached full bathroom. A separate screened sleeping porch saw a lot of use during the Pittses' 37-year ownership.

The third floor has two more bedrooms and another full bathroom. The laundry room is in the unfinished basement. A two-car garage is attached to the house, and the slate roof was replaced a couple of years ago.

After raising their three children, the Pittses are downsizing and hope the next owners enjoy the house as much as they did.

"It's been a 37-year art project." Pitts said.

The specs

Address: 1107 Bryn Mawr Road, Baltimore, 21210

Year built: 1929

Square footage: 4,500

Taxes: $11,703

Acreage: 1.54

Listing agent: Brandon Gaines, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

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