HOT HOUSE: 2001 Wiltonwood Road, Stevenson, MD. 21153

Stone cottage, circa 1951, by Palmer-Lamdin, in the English style. Three bedrooms, three and a half baths over three stories. Slate roof, copper gutters, screened porch, guest house and two car garage, on five acres in Stevenson: $995,000

What: Somewhere between the cozy comforts of Homeland and the vistas of the Greenspring Valley, lies this pretty stone cottage off of Stevenson Lane. Built by premier Baltimore architects Palmer-Lamdin, and set in a wooded glade, the appeal is undeniable. A steep slate roof with wide overhangs, stone chimneys on either end, nice interior woodwork – all the elements of quality design and construction that characterize homes in the city neighborhoods of Guilford and Homeland. But out here, instead of a 1/3 acre lot, you get five very private acres to yourself. Sunbathe nude, have a game of baseball, build a pool, get a pony – all possible out here in the country. The interior rooms are large, and the kitchen too, with high-end appliances. There is a formal living room with fireplace, wood paneled den, and a great third floor, wood-paneled bedroom that could be a studio or bunkhouse for kids. But everything needs a coat of paint, some wallpaper removal and general TLC.

Why:  Outside is charming as all get out, and the rolling property is a garden waiting to happen.

Why Not:  Inside is dark, and needs (mostly cosmetic) updating.

Would Suit:  Disenchanted Homeland resident, tired of feuding with the Homeland Association, looking for privacy.

Where:  From Greenspring Station, it’s three miles out Greenspring Valley Road, then a right on Stevenson and  another right on Wiltonwood. Just one mile from the cute retail shops at Stevenson Village.  About 20 minutes to downtown Baltimore, depending on traffic.

Contact: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Hubble Bisbee Group, 410-841-1333.

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