Hot House: 3110 Caves Road Owings Mills

Tremendous entertaining areas, cozy gathering areas, five bedrooms, four and a half baths. Formal living room and dining room, library, open concept updated kitchen/family room with breakfast area, two-story great room with wet bar and loft. 24×20 master bedroom with spa bath. Detached two-car garage with a second story art studio. Loggia flows to patio, terrace lawn off great room, all on four-plus landscaped acres. $1,499,000

What: Classic home in Caves Valley, built in 1936, looks like something you might find in the South of France. Its asymmetrical profile is filled with beautiful details such as fireplaces, built-in bookcases, extensive millwork, hardwood floors, a back staircase, bluestone terrace and more. Set back from Caves Road, this house is surrounded by gardens, which accentuate the landscape. Despite its size, — over 7,000 square feet — the house doesn’t feel massive. The rooms are comfortable and intimate. If you are a cook, you will love the eight-burner Wolf range. The gardens on the property have some age to them, which settles them into the landscape, and there are tons of peonies. There is a parking pad as well as a garage, which has an art studio (or yoga or music studio) on the upper level. The house has enough separate areas that everyone can have their own discrete space.

Where: On Caves Road in Owings Mills. Close to the Wegmans on Reisterstown Road and a short drive to I-795 into Baltimore. Many public and private schools in the immediate area, as well as churches and synagogues. Caves Road wanders between Greenspring Avenue and Garrison Forest Road.

Final Appraisal: A big house that doesn’t feel too big. It would be perfect for a family with children who still like to play outside, and who attend the nearby schools. It’s a family house that would be perfect for entertaining friends. The listing features several pictures of the most adorable pug, who probably doesn’t come with the house. There are also floor-plans on the listing, something that should be mandatory.

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Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.