Hot House: 1201 Western Run Road, Cockeysville, 21030
19th century farmhouse, updated, with 61+ acres on the Western Run:
What: A circa 1800 stone house that sits at the top of a long driveway, winding through the woods and over a private bridge. The original two room structure has had several additions and a major expansion in 1994 by architect Walter Ramburg to get to its current incarnation — a rambling, three bedroom, three ½ bath home with state of the art appliances, heating and cooling systems. Large master suite on the second floor features a balcony overlooking the pool and gently rolling woods. Downstairs, a modern timbered kitchen (lots of wood trim here) and family room have similar views and an irresistibly cozy, dark, beam-ceilinged den with large Colonial fireplace and hand-hewn cupboards — the main room of the original farmhouse. Lovely wooded property features a 50’ pool as well as a 1850’s timber barn — built for cattle, but suitable for horses or renovation as a studio. Adjoining guesthouse has two bedrooms and a kitchen, ideal for visiting family or friends with children.
Where: Western Run Road – the lone old-fashioned charmer in a development of new mansions in the hills behind the Hunt Valley Mall.
Why: The woods, fields and mile of river frontage along the Western Run (a tributary of the Gunpowder River) are protected from development by the Maryland Environmental Trust, and a haven for native birds and wildlife.
Why Not: Long driveway and old trees give a rural impression, but over-scale neighboring properties are a little too close. Limited views of the beautiful countryside from the house.
Would Suit: bird -watching Wegmans shopper.