Burnside Farm features impeccably restored Victorian mansion
By Marie Marciano Gullard
For The Baltimore Sun|
May 29, 2015 | 1:48 AM
Burnside Farm is an architectural gem of a property, dating to the 1860s and sitting on approximately 25 acres of century-old trees and sprawling lawns in the Greenspring Valley area of northwestern Baltimore County.
Completely renovated by its current owners, the DeBellas, this gorgeous, stucco-covered mansion features six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and one half-bath. It's on the market for $2.5 million.
"When we purchased Burnside Farm, most would have said that it was worthy of total demolition, but we never saw that," owner Deborah DeBella said.
Instead, she and her husband began extensive work in 2004 on what they considered their dream home. They were challenged with installing 21st-century conveniences while honoring its magnificent Victorian provenance.
"The house is in incredible condition," said listing agent Jane Barton, with Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty. "It is large, but filled with many special comfortable spaces — not grandiose, intimidating or cavernous rooms."
Over the years, wood floors were redone, and doors were stripped of their mahogany stain and restored to their original walnut and chestnut finishes. Ten chimneys were dug out to provide one decorative and 12 wood-burning fireplaces. All sunroom windows have been replaced, and air conditioning was installed. A complete restoration of the kitchen and butler pantry was one of the first projects done.
The stucco exterior has been repaired and repainted; all cracked and missing slates on the roof have been replaced; a bluestone patio was installed; and pool plumbing, pool equipment and resurfacing have been completed.