With granite and grace

The Baltimore Sun

Jennifer Dare longed for a Victorian-style house with charming detail work. But when she walked into a Georgian-style house in Catonsville, with its hand-nailed wood floors decorated with inlaid mahogany, sconces with delicate earringlike trim and twin crystal chandeliers, she was immediately won over.

"I loved the columns and the open floor plan, and I could hide the TV in this family room," she said.

Amid the gracious trims, which include crown moldings, chair rails and scrollwork around the staircase, two fireplaces made of big, irregular-surfaced granite rocks create an earthy balance. Dare fell for them as well when she first set foot in the house six years ago with her husband, Michael.

"You have all these fine details and this chunky stone," Dare said.

The couple hope to move to shorten Michael Dare's commute to work.

About the house : Built in 1928, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom stucco house features a center staircase and symmetrical living and dining rooms. Above the gas fireplace in the living room is a mirror original to the house that extends from the stone mantel to the 9-foot-high ceiling. The dining room fireplace is outfitted with a wood-burning stove. Chandeliers in each room hang in the big bay windows, their elegance visible from outside.

Already daylit from the bay windows, the living room and dining room get additional light from the adjacent rooms. The living room opens through arched French doors to a sunroom; off the dining room, through rectangular French doors, is an office.

The Dares redid the kitchen two years ago with maple cabinets, Silestone countertops, recessed lighting and upgraded black appliances. The same renovation turned the half-bath into a full bathroom.

The house has oak floors on the first floor and pine upstairs. The house and three-car garage have slate roofs.

The master bedroom features a faux-tray ceiling. The room connects to the second bedroom and to an attic that has cedar closets and additional storage. A third bedroom features two closets, one with built-in organizers; the fourth bedroom is a bright nursery. Previous owners renovated the second-floor bathroom to include white subway tile.

Address: 204 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, 21228

Asking price: $639,000

Taxes: $6,644

Size: The house has 2,674 square feet of living space, excluding finished areas of the basement. The corner lot is .46-acres.

Features: Much of the basement has been finished. It also includes a laundry room, full bathroom and storage areas.

The house has a whole-house water filtration system.

The backyard includes an in-ground pool with new tile and coping. A V-shaped wood deck wraps halfway around the rear of the house to the back of the sunroom. An awning over part of it offers shade. Towering shade trees filter light to the landscaping, which includes azaleas, rhododendrons and evergreen shrubs.

Listing agent : Nancy Miller, the Miller Team, ReMax Advantage Realty, Columbia, 410-404-3663.

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send photos and a description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Questions may be sent to homes@baltsun.com.

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