Rare opportunity to purchase Cedar Top – one of the original homes in the heart of Ruxton. This is one of the largest properties in Ruxton, total 4.04 acres, with possible subdivision rights. The driveway connects 2 existing homes – 1919 Ruxton Road and 1740 Circle Road both on the same parcel of land. The main house (1919 Ruxton Road) was designed by Arthur Jerome Hooper and was built in 1896 as a summer home. It enjoys 5,419 square feet, after an expansion in the 1920s to make it a full-time residence. The main house includes an elevator with mahogany paneling and a dumbwaiter. Most of the home’s original features still remain including claw foot bathtubs, vintage light fixtures, transom windows, bas relief sculptures above 2 of the 9 fireplaces, and extensive built-in bookcases – all adding classic charm and character to this tremendous home.
The main house is ideal for entertaining, with a living room, a library, a dining room, a sunroom, a large kitchen/family room with an open floor plan, and a slate patio. The main house also has a beautiful sleeping porch, 2 staircases, 5 bedrooms, 5 full baths and 2 half baths.
The front door is a paneled double entry door with a leaded glass arched transom. It leads into the vaulted foyer with vintage Italian marble floors, providing passage to a powder room and a double closet as well as the living room. The living room has a large vintage double-paned bay window, a fireplace with a custom mantle, and glass-paned doors to the slate terrace and the sunroom. The sunroom is a large inviting space, awash in natural light, featuring extensive built-in bookcases, a fireplace with custom bricks with knights in armor on horses, and a two-stop elevator with mahogany paneling. Another glass-paned door leads to the enviable library, also enjoying a fireplace as well as two walls of floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases and a custom built-in game cabinet. The adjacent dining room includes a full-width bay with two windows and a fireplace with a bas relief sculpture showing Apollo and Aurora on the Chariot of the Sun. The dining room provides access to the spacious kitchen with stainless appliances, an island and open flow into the adjoining family room with a wood burning fireplace, built-in cabinetry and door to the screened porch.
The second level features a long hallway with five bedrooms and 4 full baths. There is access to both the main staircase and the back staircase from the light-filled hallway. The second floor includes a spacious primary bedroom suite with a private bath and a fireplace with a bas relief sculpture. Two of the bedrooms have access to the sleeping porch, and one of those bedrooms also has access to the elevator.
The third floor has spectacular views, since the house sits high on a hilltop. The third floor could be used for storage or as an office or a playroom, and it includes a full bath.
A slate patio off the living room leads down into the surrounding gardens and grounds. Stunning gardens adorn the property, including Maryland Champion trees, prize-winning daffodils and many other gorgeous varieties of flora and fauna. A large in-ground, 10-foot-deep swimming pool adds additional outdoor entertainment.
A lovely 1,414 sq. ft. guest cottage (1740 Circle Road) also shares the grounds. It has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths, and it could be used as a home office or an in law suite. The cottage has a patio with a great view of the property and Circle Road. The first floor is similar to an open floor plan, with a window between the kitchen and dining room and a wide arch opening between the dining room and the living room. There is also a powder room on the first floor. There are three upper-level bedrooms and a full bath.
Truly a one-of-a-kind property, with only two owners since 1896, Cedar Top at 1919 Ruxton Road offers a wonderful, rare opportunity to own a spectacular original Ruxton home!
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