A Catonsville split-level home has a retro flair

When 302 Glenrae Drive in the heart of Old Catonsville went on the market March 27, 2013, it didn't remain there long. Only three days, in fact.

The Bob & Ronna Team of Long & Foster Realtors brought a potential buyer to see the home on that very day, and a bid was placed immediately.

"Not only that, it listed and sold at the same price — $425, 000," Ronna Corman-Chew said.

"This is an incredible, completely remodeled three-bed and two-bath split-level with a retro flair," Bob Chew said. "With an open floor plan, custom paint and thoughtful upgrades throughout, this lovely residence is everything you [would] want in a home."

The brick house, built in 1958, is as solid a structure as any of the variety of styles found in neighboring Catonsville homes. The curb appeal is striking, with low-maintenance landscaping that frames the house. A covered front porch dresses up the front while a newer vinyl privacy fence transforms the backyard into a retreat at the end of the workday. The same can be said of the newly screened rear porch boasting skylights, a ceiling fan and a hot tub.

The home's interior is defined by hardwood floors that cover most of the main level. The house is decidedly contemporary in a 1960s style; for example, tile flooring is marked by various color blocks and light fixtures over the kitchen's Silestone countertops are dropped and cone-shaped. Stainless-steel appliances are also a plus. An adjacent dining room also features designer contemporary light fixtures. For convenience in entertaining, there is an open pass-through from dining room to living room.

As the Bob & Ronna Team indicated in a prospectus on the home, "The walk-out lower level is an extremely versatile space that includes a [large] family room with carefree Armstrong vinyl tile flooring, recessed lighting, and bright windows, sleek wood-burning fireplace with a unique brick surround and accent wall, as well as…access to the screened porch."

This home also boasts atrium windows, a substantial bay window and French doors. The kitchen, with breakfast bar, includes a cooktop, dishwasher, disposal, dryer, exhaust fan, icemaker, chair railing, Corian counters, intercom, microwave, wall over and refrigerator.

The upper-level's master bedroom has wall-to-wall carpeting, crown and chair moldings, and a ceiling fan.

In addition to the home's upgrades and amenities, Glenrae Drive is convenient to shopping and commuter routes. A pleasant stroll leads to the heart of Catonsville's quaint village.

The Specs

Address: 302 Glenrae Drive, Catonsville 21228

Selling price: $425,000

Taxes: $4,116

Living area: 2,505 square feet

Year built: 1958

Listing and selling agents: Bob Chew and Ronna Corman-Chew, The Bob & Ronna Team, Long & Foster Realtors

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