Hot House: 7321 Brightside Road, Woodbrook, Maryland 21212
Brick Georgian style house, circa 1922, with asphalt shingle roof and two-story, cedar-sided addition. Recent (2010) renovation. Six bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half bath over three stories and 6,459 sq. ft. Formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, adjacent family room with fireplace, cherry-paneled study with fireplace, large master suite. Two story guest cottage, 53’ bluestone patio, garage, sweeping lawns, gardens, 2.5 acres: $3,195,000
What: A trophy house in its day. In 1922, William Cromwell, a Baltimore businessman, built this house for his son Kennedy and his bride-to-be Margaret Oliver Dunn, a childhood friend of Wallis Warfield, the future Duchess of Windsor. Margaret was the great, great granddaughter of Baltimore merchant Robert Oliver, whose summer home became Green Mount Cemetery, and for whom Oliver Street is named. William Cromwell was a descendant of Oliver Cromwell, the English political figure who overthrew the British king and declared himself Lord Protector of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland from 1649-1653. More recently, in 1932, the couple added a wing for their four children, and lived here for the rest of their lives together. The most recent inhabitants were a family with three teenage boys, who made good us of the expansive, flat backyard, big enough to hold lacrosse practice. The house is large and impressive, but the price tag is due more to its 2.5 acres on Brightside Road, a prestigious address, than to any particular architectural distinction.
Where: Brightside Road is in a prime location in Baltimore County – just off Bellona Avenue as it winds from Charles Street to Graul’s Market. Grand homes, many from a similar era, line the curbs of Brightside as it descends to the shores of Lake Roland. It has the advantages of Baltimore County taxes and a stellar location – which includes proximity to both city and county school runs and further destinations north and south – as well as peace, quiet and a beautiful, rolling landscape.
Why: Says you have arrived.
Why Not: Knotty pine basement.
Would suit: Latter-day William and Margaret Cromwells.