Channeling Provence In Hunt Valley: 40 Acres, No Mule

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Hot House: 1730 Gardiner Road, Nicholson’s Manor, Cockeysville, MD. 21030


american land titleCustom built in 2005, a French country style, 12,000 sq. ft. luxury home. Nine bedrooms, 9 full, 2 half baths, over four levels, with attached  five-car garage, gourmet kitchen, second kitchen, 50′ swimming pool, hot tub, rubber floor indoor “sport court,” master suite with spa, in-law suite with elevator, au-pair apartment, 100 year old renovated tenant/guest house and 40 acres of land: $2,987,700


What: 12,000 sq. ft. of French country estate, virtually new and ready for your Aubusson rugs. If you’re in the market for this kind of house, it seems like a good one — pretty sure to impress your friends and provide the latest in easy living. Luxurious, but not completely over the top, it sports nice exterior stonework and a hilltop setting, sited far back from a quiet road. A long drive winds through newly mown fields — grass not lavender — and the house backs onto woods. It is fairly private, and the effect is close to, if not exactly, rural.  House is energy friendly, with geothermal heat and cooling systems. Five-car garage is a work of art. There’s a great rubber-floored indoor sport court that looks like a crowd pleaser for kids, and a lower level movie theatre with 120″ screen.  A two story great room dominates the main floor, with a stone fireplace and wood beams. Enormous gourmet kitchen — Sub-zero, Wolfe, Miele, granite, etc. Giant master suite on first floor. Two nice stone patios, one high, one low, overlook the sunny pool. Not long on charm or trees, but there’s tons of everything else.


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Where: Gardiner Road is off of Cuba Road in Cockeysville, and runs through a spaciously zoned community called Nicholson’s Manor. From I-83 driving north from the city, take exit 27B, Shawan Road West. Drive a mile or so to the Oregon Grille. Take a right at the intersection onto Cuba Road. Gardiner Road is just over a mile on your right. It’s about a five minute drive to the Hunt Valley Mall from here.

Why: Love France, but live in Hunt Valley.

Why Not:  There’s even bigger ones in Laurelford.

Would Suit: Chinese millionaire.  Multi-million dollar faux-French country houses are all the rage in Beijing suburbs, according to recent a Chicago Tribune article

NB. House sold in 2005 for $3,500,000.


Hot House is sponsored by Towson-based American Land Title Corporation, commercial and residential settlement agents.

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