Hunt Valley

Sweet Cottage with Valley Views

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HOT HOUSE: 2131 Belfast Road, Sparks, Glencoe, Md. 21152

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Classic farm cottage, circa 1954, on one acre in Sparks, with views over the Western Run Valley. 1,710 square feet, with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Finished lower level, wood burning fireplace. Recently remodeled: $379,999

 

Crab Restaurant Chain Clawing Its Way Into Hunt Valley Towne Centre

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Courtesy of BMore Media – Joe’s Crab Shack is on its way to building its fourth Maryland restaurant at Hunt Valley Towne Centre, according to the Baltimore County liquor board.

The board approved a liquor license transfer to the Houston-based restaurant chain, says Mike Mohler, chief administrator of the Baltimore County Board of Liquor License Commissioners. The building will go on a pad site opposite Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Mohler says.

“We’re very excited about having them in Baltimore County,” Mohler says. “We’re looking forward to it.”

Read more at BMore Media

Ravens Roost: Where Does Ray Go to Lick His Wounds?

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Monday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day here in Baltimore. They lost. My gloominess was at its worst as I sorted the beer bottles for recycling. Hard to imagine that just the day before they had helped fuel hopes of a Superbowl trip. The weather certainly wasn’t helping to lighten the mood. The icy fog made me feel like I was living on that Swedish island in the “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” For those not familiar, it’s not what you would describe as a happy place. 

In an effort to cheer up, I cleaned, grocery shopped, bought flowers and prepared a hearty dinner. Cathartic nesting works for me. It got me thinking about the players and their sad faces as the ball sailed past the wrong side of the goal post (not that I’m are blaming anyone). Where were they soaking their sore muscles on this cold and yucky day? 

Well, I know the answer to that question in the case of our most beloved black bird, Ray Lewis. I live near his Baltimore residence (he lives in Florida in the off-season) which is a 28-acre ranch-style spread off Tufton Avenue in Reisterstown, a line drive away from Cal Ripken’s house, coincidentally. (Please don’t harrass; stick to drive-by gawking.) There is no view of the house from the road, but the entrance can be identified by brick pillars topped with stone horse heads that flank the driveway. How appropriately “Hunt Valley” Mr. Lewis! You may also recognize Ray’s crib by the ginormous tents that often grace the front of the property. Number 52 likes a party and, rumor has it, at his 30th birthday guests greeted him from the comfort of a throne, yep a throne! Over the years, I have also spotted inflatable obstacle courses for paintball and kiddie rides.

Lewis bought the home in 2003 from builder Frank Favazza for $1,950,000. The house was renovated in 2006 and is described in Channel Magazine as resembling “a posh luxury hotel, overflowing in a sea of opulent golds and creams with pops of color. 

The fit-for-a-king bachelor pad,” the magazine continues, “is complete with every conceivable amenity including a sacred room set aside strictly for prayer and meditation. And the grand piano, located in the family room is not just for ambiance; Ray has sought private piano lessons and is mastering the keys.”

Check out the pictures of the house here. Looks like Ray has the cushy pad to recoup for next year’s inevitable championship win. 

Splendor in the Woods

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One Acre and a Barn, on Brightside

HOT HOUSE: 7340 Brightside Road, Woodbrook 21212 

Contemporary converted barn, circa 1898, with beamed ceilings and open floor plan on 1.2 acres . Four bedrooms, two full and two half baths on two stories: $1,175,000

What: Once an old wooden barn that was part of a larger estate, now a light filled, open-plan home that fits snugly into its gently sloping lot, just steps from Lake Roland.  Completely renovated six years ago, the house has been thoughtfully and historically restored — keeping the integrity of the design, but adding stylish features like wide plank, old growth timber flooring, a new cook’s kitchen with stone and bamboo countertops, wood burning pizza oven, and a large screened porch overlooking the woods. A distinctive arched entry foyer leads directly to the large family room, where wide sliding doors along the wooded back of the house set a casual tone. The doors open onto a stone patio, with good entertaining potential, overlooking the woods. There are nice old wooden beams, as well as fireplaces, in the living room, family room and the roomy eat-in kitchen.  Upstairs, the four bedrooms offer sunny, treetop views of Lake Roland. The windows are double-paned, there is central air and electric heat. As a bonus, there is a neat old “bank barn” next to the house, a former stable (and chicken coop!)built into the bank of the hillside. It has the original doors and new French drains to keep it dry. It would make a wonderful guest house or studio.  

Where: Brightside is one of the most desirable streets in Woodbrook (adjacent to Ruxton but not quite Ruxton), a private, rural-ish road with lovely homes just a minute or two from the Baltimore City line. Heading north from the city on Charles Street, take a left at the light onto Bellona Avenue. Brightside is on your left, about a half mile down Bellona, and 7340 is at the end of the street, just before the lake. 

Why: Clean lines, unpretentious design, feeling of open space, nice details, that bank barn, and access to the wooded trails and shoreline of Lake Roland.  

Would Suit: Family (or not) who appreciate the woodsy property and the old/new aspect of the house.  

NB:  Although the trail-walking is great, “destination walking” is not really possible from here. No sidewalks, plus cars speed along Bellona in a rush to Graul’s. 

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