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The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel natives Pearson and Lisa Covert are fans of historic properties, the older the better for Pearson Covert.

Moving from Annapolis to Baltimore four years ago to be closer to their daughters' school, they looked for a place with a past. After all, they had been living in Annapolis in one of the oldest townhouses in America, built in 1774.

"I always said I wanted something a little newer," said Lisa Covert. So when they found a stucco house on a corner lot in Homeland, built circa 1790, Pearson Covert said, "We're going in the right direction."

"He got me a house 20 years newer than we had before," said Lisa Covert.

The couple have made upgrades to the property to modernize it even further. There is new plumbing, new heating, new air conditioning and a new standing-seam copper roof and downspouts.

The three-bedroom house features early-American craftsmanship such as random-width pine floors, ornate box locks and intricate millwork.

"It's different from a lot of the Homeland properties. It's not a grand house," said Lisa Covert. "But it's a charming place."

About the house : The house is the former "Caretaker's Residence" of the original Perine Estate that established the Homeland neighborhood. The master bedroom suite is an addition to the property that dates to the early 20th century. The Coverts made changes in the bedroom, updating the master bathroom to a 21st-century look with glass and marble.

The house has five fireplaces, in the dining room, living room, family room and two bedrooms. Many windows are original glass and others have glass fabricated to resemble the watery panes of old. Deep window sills are a prominent feature throughout the house. The lot is one of the largest in Homeland.

Address: 121 Upnor Road, Baltimore, 21212

Asking price : $875,000

Taxes: $13,585

Size: The 2,700-square-foot house is on a 0.77-acre lot

Features: The house has a first-floor master bedroom with a newly renovated bathroom that has heated travertine marble floors. Refinished random-width heart of pine floors are throughout most of the house, including the second floor, where two spacious bedrooms share a large bath.

The kitchen has black granite countertops and white cabinets alongside professional stainless-steel appliances, including a Subzero refrigerator. The floor is tiled in a brick-pattern. An adjacent butler's pantry has a hammered copper sink and granite counters.

A spiral, pine staircase leads to the lower level, which features a light-filled family room with berber carpet and bright white wainscoting. Laundry facilities as well as a half-bath are also on this level. A one-car garage is attached.

Listing agents : Lisa Barnhill and Jane Cummings, Hill & Co. Realtors, Baltimore, 410-790-1404. An open house is scheduled for today at noon.

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