Entering Peakland Place is like stepping back in time.
Tucked right behind busy Boonsboro Road, many residents on the street — and off — have claimed the neighborhood as one of the loveliest and most walkable in the city.
According to the Society of Architectural Historians, Peakland Place, originally called Catalpa Drive, was a streetcar suburb and though several houses were built prior to World War I, major growth occurred from the 1920s. In 1938, the streetcar tracks that centered the gently winding street were removed and replaced with a landscaped parkway.
One of the most recognizable homes on the street, 4013 Peakland Place, recently was restored by Penny Lane Properties and Construction, made up of couples Johanna and Daryl Calfee and Brittany and Brandon Sydnor.
They purchased the home in the summer of 2020, spent more than a year restoring every inch of the 1923 Stanhope Johnson build before putting it on the market late last year. It is currently under contract.
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It was about February 2020 that Johanna Calfee saw the “For Sale by Owner” sign go up in the yard as she was walking around Peakland Place.
“And I thought, ‘Wow, that is one of the most amazing houses on Peakland,’” she said. “I have always loved this house.”
The 4,000-square-foot-house had been owned by the same family since 1961 and the children were putting it up for sale after the matriarch was moved into elder care, Calfee said.
She walked through the house with business partner and design expert Brittany Sydnor and met the family.
Initially, they decided to pass on putting in an offer but as spring made its way to summer and Calfee found herself back on the street again, she called her husband, Daryl, who led construction on the project, to ask him to do a walk through inside the house.
“It’s like a garage kept car, nothing had changed since the 60s,” she said. “But the bones of it were solid and amazing.”
Calfee said they made an offer on the house that felt almost offensive but explained they would put in the work necessary to bring it back to its glory.
“We promised them that we would fully restore their family home,” Calfee said.
The home was still in great shape, Sydnor said, it was just dated. It hadn’t been touched in decades and so much of the work completed by Penny Lane was things beyond the ascetics, such as plumbing and HVAC work.
“Someone is getting a new house in an old shell,” she said.
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