Hot House: 3 Overlook Lane, Baltimore, 21210


Contemporary style house, brick and wood frame construction, circa 1954, with large master bedroom addition designed by Ziger/Snead. Five bedrooms, 5 full, 2 half baths, 4,333 sq. ft. on one level, plus 1000 sq. ft. finished basement. Gallery of windows overlooks pool, gardens, leading to master bedroom with fireplace, balcony, his/her baths, hot tub/spa, his/her walk in closets. Hardwood floors, 9′ ceilings, 3 fireplaces. Poolhouse has sitting room, kitchen and full bath. Central a/c, professional landscaping. On 1.33 private acres: $1.6 million


What: Like one of David Hockney’s pool paintings. A unique home in a secluded setting, yet central to everything. Best of all, the home is just over the line into Baltimore County property taxes. The sleek design dates from the 1950s, when modernism was all the rage, and this house still looks modern. It’s the ideal venue for the Mid-Century modern furniture you’ve been eyeing on  1st Dibs.  The house is longer than it appears in the photo above, with elegant and understated lines built around a sleek swimming pool. There’s a roomy galley kitchen which leads into the dining room, but is equally convenient to the pool area on the other side — a nice arrangement for entertaining inside or out. The master bedroom suite is fantastic. Landscaping by Higgins Lazarus makes the most of the architecture and the setting.


Where: The neighborhood behind Boys’ Latin School – Lakehurst? Woodbrook? The important thing, tax- wise, is it’s Baltimore County. Driving west on Lake Avenue, take a right onto Lakehurst Drive, just past the Boys’ Latin School. Take the next right onto Overlook Lane, which winds around some interesting homes, a tennis court, and ends here,  at 3 Overlook Lane. The house backs on the woods and ponds at the far reaches of the Elkridge Club golf course. It’s 1.2 miles south to the schools, library, and shops around Eddie’s on Roland Avenue, and 1.8 miles west to Whole Foods, as well as the Ivy Bookstore, Pepes and shops of Lake Falls Village. The neighborhood is quiet and walkable, with easy access to the trails and woods of Lake Roland.

Why: Cool vibe, with single level living.

Why Not: You may get the odd golf ball in the swimming pool.

Would Suit: The pool, the neighborhood and the easy layout make 3 Overlook a good bet for a multigenerational family or luxury downsize.

NB: No garage, but a large parking pad.