Call it tiny luxury — one bedroom, one-time schoolhouse home in Sparks on the market

A one-bedroom, Tuscany-inspired house in Sparks is on the market for $635,000.

Built in 1879, the house, once a one-room schoolhouse known as the Trujay School, has been transformed into a modern, comfortable living space by current owners Steven Schiff, an architect, and his wife, Pamela, who are retiring to Arizona.


Vaulted ceilings, custom windows that allow for an abundance of natural light and plenty of whimsical touches make this 1,625-square-foot space inviting.

History buffs will be interested to know that the school was built on land sold to Baltimore County by farmer Josiah Price for $150. Used for decades as a school, it became a school for children of the African-American farmworkers in 1909. It closed in 1950 and was sold into private hands.

The one-room school allows for an open-floor plan that combines a generous kitchen space and living room.

The kitchen almost feels like a separate space with columns and a built-in island that has a marble countertop. A dropped ceiling with modern hanging and recessed lights add warmth. Cooks will enjoy an abundance of counter space, as well as custom-built SieMatic cabinetry and Miele and Wolf appliances. A small wine room is off the dining area by the front entrance.

On the main floor, behind the kitchen, is an all-marble, open-seated full bathroom with shower, heated floors and a gas fireplace. Another gas fireplace can be found in the living area.

"It's a wonderful use of a small space," said Liz Bemet, listing agent for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Hardwood flooring extends throughout the house and the upstairs loft, where the master bedroom has angled ceilings, built-in drawers and closets, and views of the downstairs.

"This is the perfect place for the person who is downsizing," Bemet said. "Or who just desires a big space."

The property sits on 41/2 landscaped acres of land. A heated pool is just steps from the front door. A locally madewrought-iron fence wraps around the house, pool and cabana. Custom-built in the likeness of the house, the cabana features the original windows from the house. Property deeds allow for an addition to the current structure or a separate house.

The specs

Address: 7 Stoddard Court, Sparks 21152

Year built: 1879

Square footage: 1,626

Taxes: $5,424


HOA fee: $860 a year

Realtor: Liz Bemet, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage