- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2003

Edward and Edwin Baltzley bought land in Glen Echo and planned a community of picturesque houses, along with shops and a restaurant, billed as "the Rhineland of the Potomac."

One of three houses that remain from this grandiose scheme, funded with proceeds from Edwin Baltzley's invention of a mechanical eggbeater in 1885, is reminiscent of a castle with 2-foot-thick, solid walls made from locally quarried stone.

The lavish 1887 Victorian home at 5446 Mohican Road in Glen Echo Heights overlooking the Potomac River is now available for $2.5 million.

Scenic Mohican Road winds through wooded lots and grand homes to the top of a hill to the house, known among local residents as the Kimmel Castle.

Renovated and updated in 1989, the home has several additions and a separate, two-story, 1,750-square-foot guesthouse on the landscaped grounds. The additions incorporate key elements from the original home, including red slate roofing, floors that match the original chestnut and complementary window designs.

The home has a courtyard with a brick walkway that leads guests to enter the home either through the main entrance or the addition door.

Entering the home through the original solid front door is like stepping back in time. A large, circular front porch with views of the Potomac River beckons visitors inside.

Indoors is a unique, rounded, entry foyer and windowed staircase. On one side of the foyer, the doorway opens into a library that features built-in shelving and cabinetry constructed of butternut wood and glass. A built-in window seat and stone fireplace add to the library's atmosphere.

The home features a good mixture of exposed brick and stone walls in various locations, including the foyer area and living room. Chestnut flooring and detailed moldings are found throughout the main level.

The foyer links the original home to the newer wing. This addition is an oversized living room with 10-foot ceilings and two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. A stone gas fireplace and built-in stereo speakers make this an ideal room for entertaining.

The foyer's elevator and winding grand staircase offer two choices to reach the upper and lower levels of the home. There's also a staircase in the back of the house. An elegant powder room is off the foyer, and it features unique fabric material walls and light brown molding.

A large, separate dining room has built-in cushioned benches, recessed lights and tall windows.

The kitchen faces the back of the home and has an older, sophisticated feel, with butcher-block counters and custom cabinets with open shelves for displaying special dishes. Appliances include a professional-grade Wolf gas range, GE Signature side-by-side refrigerator-freezer and GE dishwasher. An adjoining breakfast room has a slender door that opens onto the side portion of the front porch.

A deep stainless steel sink has recessed lights overhead and a window above that looks onto the sun porch. This sun porch is one of three decks found in the home; each level has its own.

The second level's long, bright hallway has a wall of windows to enjoy the view. One side of the hall leads to the original wing of the home while the other side leads to the newer portion. Carpeting was recently installed throughout the second level, which is home to four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, including the master suite.

This suite has a sitting room with recessed lights and built-in bookcases. Floor-to-ceiling windows invite plenty of sunshine in and, just in case the owners want to get a breath of fresh air, there's a glass door leading from the bedroom to a sun porch offering views of the Potomac River.

The master bathroom has a skylight, separate tub and large vanity sink with a granite counter. Another bonus to this master suite is the dressing room with five closets offering 26 feet of hanging space for clothes.

Additional living space on the attic level consists of a large open room with a sleeping nook. The room, painted sky blue, has walls of windows and a vaulted ceiling. A door opens from the room onto a sun porch that offers a view of woods and the Potomac. This is one of the highest points in Glen Echo. A smaller full bathroom completes this level.

Vintage 1950s diner-style linoleum squares highlight the finished lower level where rooms include a large play room with built-in shelves, an office with a wall of windows and track lighting, a workshop, laundry room and half bath. Storage space is in a hallway here with five deep storage closets.

Across the courtyard, visitors can unwind in the elegant two-story guesthouse that was added in 1989. The main floor of the guesthouse contains a large sitting area with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows in the same architectural style as those in the newer wing of the main home. There is also a bedroom with a wall of windows, a wall of closets and a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.

A circular stairway leads to the first level of the guesthouse, which has a photographic darkroom and a room that can be used as a sitting room or second office. Two unfinished rooms are on the third lower level.

There's even a special place for children. Outdoors, youngsters can let their imagination soar in a two-level wooden fairy-tale playhouse near the guesthouse. The playhouse has electricity and its own heater.


Address: 5446 Mohican Road, Bethesda, MD 20816-2162

Price: $2.5 million

Community: Glen Echo Heights

Taxes: $10,378

Age: Built in 1887

Size: 7,500 square feet, including the guesthouse; lot is half an acre.

Exterior features: Circular front porch, two main entrances, stone exterior, brick walkways, landscaped courtyard, two driveways with parking pads, two-level children's playhouse, modern addition, two-story guesthouse, three levels of decks, two-car garage, red slate roof with steel moldings

Interior features: Main house has four bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths, sitting room in master suite, 10-foot ceilings, two stairways, elevator, front and back staircase, custom-built cabinets in kitchen, butcher block counters, detailed moldings, built-ins, granite counters, attic room with sleeping nook, hardwood floors, new carpet on second level. Guest house has a bedroom and full bath with Jacuzzi tub, as well as a sitting room, office, utility room and photographic darkroom.

Amenities: Fireplaces, built-in stereo speakers in living room, recessed lights, skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, upgraded kitchen appliances, all rooms wired for cable and telephone

Close by: Glen Echo Park, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Potomac River, shopping, restaurants

Schools: Wood Acres Elementary, Thomas Pyle Middle, Walt Whitman High

Open house: Sunday, March 30, 1 to 4 p.m.

Contact: Steve Loew, RE/MAX Realty Services, 202/244-5200

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