12460 Dulaney Valley Road, Phoenix
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Featured Hot Listing: 12616 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix
4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths + 2 Half Baths
List Price $1,145,000
This custom-built home overlooking Loch Raven Reservoir is one-of-a-kind and beyond move-in ready – it is phenomenal. The view alone is worth a thousand words, and the interior details are too numerous to mention. But we’ll try.
Let’s start with the location. Goose-Cove Farm is set on 3 secluded acres within the Loch Raven Watershed. From almost every window you can see the water sparkling through the trees and sunsets are best enjoyed from one of the two patios, deck or sunroom. Miles of hiking trails and fishing are only a short walk from the house – the Loch Raven boat center is literally right around the corner, as is Eagle’s Nest Golf Club and Peerce’s Restaurant.The back yard is a naturalist and birder’s paradise where you can spot everything from hummingbirds to the nesting pair of bald eagles – including geese, the property’s namesake. On any given evening you might see chipmunks, foxes or groundhogs. The deer are kept at bay by a fence surrounding the yard, but you can admire the fawns from a distance in the spring!
“Sitting at the pond with my wife as she gives names to the goldfish, while listening to frogs call their mates, watching as birds take turns bathing in the waterfall as a dragonfly lays her eggs on the underside of a lily pad is just on of the unique experiences at Goose Cove that I will miss.”
– Current Owner
As private as this refuge is, it is only 10 minutes north of downtown Towson, and access to the Baltimore Beltway, and 10 minutes south of Jacksonville Elementary School and local shopping.
The gracious home is immaculate and meticulously maintained. It is obvious here that the details matter. In a luxury home like this you expect the hardwood floors, granite countertops, custom cabinetry stainless steel appliances, and expert wood trim. But here, the crown molding is unusually deep, and door and window woodwork unusually wide. Openings between rooms are arched rather then square. The stainless steel range in the large country kitchen is a Viking, with 6 burners, a grill and double ovens. Details include a deep farmhouse sink, open plate racks, and porcelain knobs on the cabinets.
The mudroom/laundry, located off the kitchen has an unexpected vaulted ceiling and view of the water which provides an open and airy feeling that certainly makes doing laundry less of a chore.
Because there are so many common spaces on the main level, this home is perfect for entertaining. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the kitchen or sunroom where you can take in the view. The formal dining room is perfect for hosting holiday dinners, and the living room is also spacious, but you’re going to want to spend a lot of time in the family room.
Spanning most of the back of the house, and filled with light, there is enough space in the family room for two seating areas. Gather around the stone fireplace on chilly spring evenings, or sink into the couch in front of the wood built-in entertainment center for a movie or big game. Or simply sit in either of these spots and take in the spectacular scenes of garden, trees and reservoir from the wall of windows. Then be lured outside, through the French doors to relax on the flagstone patio.
Upstairs is as wide and welcoming as the main level. Double doors lead into the master bedroom with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. French door lead out to a small balcony, and the master bathroom has his and her entrances. Here you will find more of those details. A Jacuzzi tub is nestled in front of a picture window, the sinks, cabinets and countertops are all custom finished, and the glass-walled shower is enormous. A door from the bathroom leads to a dressing room/closet that is larger than many bedrooms!
Two other bedrooms share a bath that has a quarry-tile floor with pretty detail, and down the hall is fourth bedroom with full bath. Being set apart from the other three bedrooms creates a wonderful sense of privacy for guests, in-laws or au pair.
Speaking of guests. Just across the driveway from the house is a renovated stable that includes a three-car garage, workroom, and playroom. And by playroom, we mean for adults and children. The L-shaped room with vaulted ceiling includes space for a pool table, living area with couch and chairs and a custom built bar. Sliding glass doors afford access to a deck that is a perfect place for watching the sunset. A half bath means any party there can be self-contained.
We could go on about the beautiful stone paths, the flowering shrubs, the lovely pond, the charming smokehouse turned storage shed, and the garden shed, but seeing it in person is worth more than a thousand words.
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If you are looking for a classic 4 bedroom Georgian with a garage, in Homeland, look no further. A professionally landscaped front yard and flagstone path lead you to the front door of 108 St. Albans Way.
Large enough for a family yet intimate in feel, it is perfect for a couple or a couple of kids. The tree-lined streets encourage evening strolls, and the property is within walking distance of several area schools including Friends, The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, and Gilman.
Tastefully updated by the interior designer owner, the house is beautifully appointed throughout with wainscoting, fluted molding with rosette corners and hardwood floors. New plantation shutters were recently installed providing privacy, while letting in the sunlight.
The grand front entrance, formal dining room, living room with fireplace and cook’s kitchen, come together to make this home perfect for entertaining. Designed with cooks in mind, the eat-in kitchen, features a stainless steel Wolf range with a pot-filler faucet above, granite countertops and custom cabinetry.
Two walls of windows in the slate-floored sunroom addition let the outside in, and provide a view of the flagstone patio and private backyard. A powder room is adjacent to the kitchen and sunroom.
The upstairs offers four generously sized bedrooms, including the master suite, with luxurious bath, double closets and window seat. Two of the bedrooms share a buddy bath, and one bedroom at […]
Recent statistics show that 90% of homebuyers are searching for their next homes online. It used to be that a buyer would look at the Sunday paper filled with listing and upcoming open houses. They might drive by a listing, or go through an open house. If they were working with a buyer’s agent, that agent would keep them up to date on new listings as they became available, and take them to see potential properties. That was the only way to see the inside of the homes, unless there was a printed flyer in a box on the sign with a few badly smudge interior shots.
Things have changed, and homeowners need to remember these 5 things:
1. You need great photos.
A buyer searching online will pass over a listing that has no photos available. Pictures are interesting, pictures sell, and they all need to be good in order to snag the interest of a buyer. This means both interior and exterior shots. You may have the most fantastic house on the block, but if you have bad pictures, you may lose buyers that you never even knew about. If the photos don’t entice them to take the next step, there will be no next step and you’ve lost them.
2. 79% of buyers will drive by a house based on what they have seen online.
You’ve gotten a buyer’s interest, and they decide to get in the car and drive by the house. What will they see? Freshly mulched beautiful landscaping, or an overgrown garden with lackluster shrubs and bare patches in the grass? Is the front walk in good shape, and the door painted a bright color, or are there cracks in the sidewalk and empty planters. How many buyers may choose to keep driving because the front entry is not welcoming? Make sure the front of your home looks great all the time, not just for open houses and showings.
3. The number 1 most important room is the kitchen.
How does your kitchen stack up to those in other neighborhood listings? Walk through local open houses, or use the Internet to see the inside of your neighbor’s home for sale. Do they have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops? Do you? How can you make your kitchen more desirable to a potential buyer?
4. Highlight unique details in photos and listing information.
Have you done a lot of up upgrades? Are there custom features in your home that a buyer cannot find elsewhere? Is there a rich history to the house that makes it unique? Make sure that your realtor is aware of these things and can share them with potential buyers.
5. Outdoor living spaces.
Don’t forget the outdoor spaces when photographing your home. In Baltimore, we have three seasons we can spend outdoors, and if your home features a great view, awesome deck, or sparkling pool, brag about it. Porches can be staged with rocking chairs and potted plants. Highlight how decks and patios make outdoor entertaining a must with dining sets and comfortable seating.
What are the things about the house that excited you when you purchased it, and what do you hope house hunters will be excited about? Buyers tend to go with their emotions, make sure that your is up to the task of creating good ones.
Hot House: “Springfield”, 12605 Dulaney Valley Road, Phoenix, MD 21131
Historic manor house, colonial style, in stone, stucco and clapboard, dating from the early 1800’s, in need of extensive renovation, originally part of a 1694, 2,500 acre parcel called The Valley of Jehosaphat. Two story, 6,000 sq. ft., with 6 bedrooms, 8 further rooms, 4 full, 1 half bath, fireplaces, unfinished attic, basement and three car garage. Eight acre property has fields, mature trees, stream, clay tennis court (overgrown), in-ground pool (unusable), stone smoke house, a working well, and a tunnel believed to have been part of the Underground Railroad. Auction December 6th. Minimum bid (suggested): $250,000