HOT HOUSE: 2131 Belfast Road, Sparks, Glencoe, Md. 21152
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
What: A pretty little house in an attractive rural setting, with open fields and a small stream behind. There’s a sunny porch with a nice view where you could park yourself on summer afternoons. Everything you need to live happily is right here, without a lot of bells and whistles. The front door opens right into the living room, which has a wood burning fireplace and hardwood floors. You walk through the dining room to the kitchen, not big, but updated with new wood cabinets and stainless appliances. Porch is off the kitchen. Upstairs are the bedrooms, all with hardwood floors, but no master suite or large walk in closets. Bathrooms are recently remodeled and attractive. The large, finished downstairs is newly carpeted, and could work as a family room. There’s space for an office or a fifth bedroom down here, too. Forced air heat, central a/c.
Where: Belfast Road is in the Western Run Valley, a little more authentic feeling than the manicured Greenspring Valley. This property is surrounded by small farms, divided with picturesque horse fencing and lines of trees. It’s about a half an hour drive, 20 miles or so, from downtown Baltimore. Driving north on 83, take exit 24 Butler/Sparks, and bear left towards Butler. Continue left onto Belfast Road. Number 2131 is about 3.5 miles out, on the left. There’s good access to both I-83 and Falls Road from here, and either one will take you to Wegman’s at the Hunt Valley mall, which is about six miles away. Oregon Grill is nearby, and the Sparks Elementary School gets high marks.
Why: Rural enough to justify owning a pick-up truck.
Why Not: Cottage is fairly close to the road.
Would Suit: Young lovers. Subscribers to Real Simple magazine.
NB: There is a well here, as well as a septic system.
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