HOT HOUSE: 5 Stone Row Court, Cockeysville, MD 21030-1919

 Stone built attached cottage, circa 1845, in historic Ashland. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,300 sq. ft., recently renovated. Backs directly on the NCR trail bordering the Gunpowder. Snow removal and grass mowing included. Price just reduced to: $375,000


What:  Not a “Hot House” in the strictest sense, but a real find for the right buyer, who is first and foremost, an outdoors(wo)man. Out the back, through a tiny garden gate, lies private access onto the North Central Railroad trail, and from here, you can go 20 miles north to Pennsylvania and the Mason-Dixon line with nary a curb, a car or a traffic light.  One of a row of five attached stone cottages, the house has been nicely maintained, rennovated and modernized. Not much period detail, other than deep windowsills that reveal the thick stone walls. These were workers cottages for the old Ashland Iron Works, so it’s possible they never had much detail. Space is maximized by a top floor loft area with skylights, office and a sleeping area overlooking the main floor. Large living room with gas fireplace, dining room and nice kitchen. Downstairs, partially below grade but with a few windows, is the master bedroom with large walk-in closet. Master bath has heated floors and towel bar.  There are two more bedrooms and a second full bath on the lower level.  Hardwood floors on main level, carpet elsewhere.   Forced air heat, central air – great price.


Who:  Bargain loving bicycle nut. Live here and you can ride to York and back before breakfast.

 Why: Because you’ve gone over to the dark side where cycling/running is not just a job, but an obsession. You ride/run for miles and miles, night and day in all weather. A day without the endorphin rush is not worth living, and it’s getting hard for your friends/partner/family to deal with. Here, you can indulge your vice in secret.  On the other hand, for fans of Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, funnel cake at the Amish Farmer’s Market’s less than a mile away.

 Why Not:  It’s on the edge of a large, ho-hum development that you have to drive through to get here.  Probably a safe and friendly neighborhood, but unmistakably a development  — which does detract from the character.

 Where: From York Road, just south of Shawan Road, turn onto Ashland Road. Drive .4 miles and take a right onto Ashland (again). At .2 miles turn left onto Stone Row Court. Number 5 is on the right.