Though it's a center-unit townhouse, the four-level Bolton Hill home of Mary Hebdon and Dr. Matthew Hebdon is illuminated by natural light from top to bottom. A large skylight over the main staircase brings sun throughout the center of the house.
"When it's a sunny day, it fills the rooms," Mary Hebdon says.
The house has large windows that bring in more light. Those in the living room that face the street are about 8 feet tall.
Two levels of the house have big bow windows that capture sunlight above the garden out back. And, on the lower level, the kitchen is bright, thanks to a French door and windows.
After living in the house for four years, the Hebdons are preparing to downsize.
About the house : Built about 1865, the brick residence has five bedrooms, five working fireplaces with marble surrounds, two full bathrooms and two half-baths. Most floors are wood or ceramic tile. The house also has two staircases: a decorative main one and a narrower rear one. Electrical work included adding new sconces and recessed lights. Deep moldings are plaster.
The ceiling height on the main level is 11 feet. The house's two big rooms are the living room and the dining room, which the Hebdons use as family room.
Between the rooms is a wet bar, or convenience mini-kitchen, that the couple redid, adding a granite counter, dishwasher and mini-fridge.
A dumbwaiter that goes to the renovated eat-in kitchen below is behind a panel. Keeping the kitchen in its traditional lower-level location provides two levels for entertaining, Mary Hebdon said.
The dining area is in front of the kitchen's brick hearth and wood stove. The couple renovated the room to include a farmhouse-style sink, an island with a butcher-block top, granite countertops and upgraded appliances in the food-preparation area.
Address : 1524 Bolton St., Baltimore, 21217
Asking price : $699,000
Taxes: $8,529. The surcharge for enhanced services, such as street sweeping and private security, is $345.
Size: Approximately 4,000 square feet of living space.
Features: The bedrooms take up the two upper floors. On the second floor, the master bedroom leads to a dressing room with a wall of closets and a renovated bathroom, both brightened by the interior light shaft. The bathroom features a separate tub and oversize shower with a glass-block partition.
The third floor includes a laundry room, in addition to three bedrooms. The basement has ample storage and features a separate wine-storage area.
The couple reworked the garden so that it would require less maintenance and have blooms most of the year. Flowering trees, shrubs and perennials surround the patio and path.
"It's very private," Mary Hebdon said.
Listing agent : Jessica Dailey, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Roland Park, 410-433-7800.
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