- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A hidden gazebo with seating for 20 persons and an in-ground swimming pool with a bathhouse are just two of the surprising features found in a custom brick home and estate of almost 4 acres in the Ellicott City area of Howard County.

Lush landscaping mixes well with the tall trees to accent a full circular driveway at the entrance of the home at 12227 Mount Albert Road in Ellicott City. The house is being offered at $1,300,000.

An attached, roomy two-car garage was built on the side of the home, so as not to distract from the window-embellished front exterior. The garage also has an attic for storage space.

On the outside, the house looks to be a modest split-level home surrounded by lush greenery.

However, inside, some 6,500-square-feet of living space is spread throughout four levels.

Through the double-door entry, guests will find an open floor plan with six bedrooms and five full baths.

The gracious foyer comes with new Pergo floors and has an entryway to the sunken living room on the left. The foyer also opens toward the kitchen in the rear of the home and branches off to the left, to a short set of stairs that leads down to one of two recreation rooms.

The home has been freshly painted. Plush new carpet covers the wood floors. Several of the rooms have newer light fixtures.

Stepping down into the formal living room is like entering a grand room made especially for entertaining, with high ceilings and tall windows overlooking the front grounds.

Wood trim surrounds the windows in the living room as well as many of the other windows and entryways throughout the home.

A brick-walled fireplace brings intimate warmth to the spacious living room that flows into the dining room directly behind it.

Sophisticated light fixtures add style in the kitchen where custom features, big and small, are abundant, right down to the built-in paper towel holder and convenient foil/plastic wrap holder.

The owners also had several thin grooves cut into the countertop near the sink so that the water that gets on the counter can drain directly into the sink.

Among the state of the art appliances are a Sub-Zero refrigerator with a door to match the cabinetry, a Jenn-Air cooktop and double wall ovens. A new dishwasher and trash compactor were recently installed.

Two floors below the main level add even more living space. Steps lead down into an L-shaped recreation room where there’s a brick raised-hearth fireplace. Built-in bookshelves complement the wood-paneled walls.

This self-contained level could work as an in-law suite, since it also has a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms with patio doors opening onto the deck, a full bath and laundry room with a laundry chute. An inconspicuous door opens to stairs that continue down to the basement level. Both floors have new Berber carpeting.

In the basement, a second recreation room contributes to the home’s massive square footage. Storage is abundant because of a long wall with a row of closets.

Doors from the walk-out basement open onto a brick patio that also leads to the in-ground pool and bathhouse. A gate surrounds the pool for privacy and safety. The back yard also comes with playground equipment.

Patio doors on the main level open directly onto a wrap-around deck with views of the pool and wooded lot. A short walk deeper into the yard reveals a stream and a large, octagonal gazebo that can fit a host of friends and family, nestled in the woods.

Returning to the inside of the home, all four of the upstairs bedrooms offer another vantage point to enjoy the view of the front and back yards. The master bedroom has a separate sitting room and sleeping quarters with patio doors leading to a long balcony overlooking the pool.

Walk-in closets with shelves provide ample wardrobe space in the master bedroom suite. The master bathroom has a linen closet and double vanity.

One of the other bedrooms on this level has doors leading onto the balcony. The remaining two bedrooms on this level face the front of the home.

Throughout the house and in each of the bedrooms is an intercom to help make communicating with family members easier.

Colonial Ellicott City was the largest flour-milling center in the region. Today, it is filled with antiques shops and other specialty shops and offers unique restaurants and historic sites.

Address: 12227 Mount Albert Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Community: Woodmark

Age: Built in 1977

Price: $1,300,000

Size: 6,500 square feet of living space on 3.91 acres

Taxes: $7,382 in 2005

Homeowner association: None

Exterior features: Circular driveway, wrap-around deck, patio, fence, in-ground pool with bathhouse, gazebo, stream, wooded lot

Interior features: Six bedrooms, five full baths, in-law suite with kitchen, two recreation rooms, two-car garage with attic, master suite sitting room and balcony, laundry room with chute, Berber carpeting, wood trim and casings

Amenities: Intercom system, two brick raised-hearth fireplaces, built-ins, Jenn-Air cooktop, double wall oven

Schools: Manor Woods Elementary, Folly Quarter Middle, Marriotts Ridge High

Close by: Patapsco Valley State Park, antiques and specialty shops, restaurants, B&0 Railroad Museum and other historic sites.

Open house: By appointment

Contact: Margeau Gilbert of Exit Right Realty, 240/462-1955

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