Hot House: 405 Chatolanee Hill Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Brick Georgian colonial style house with slate roof, circa 1930, with more recent two-story wing additions on both sides. Six bedrooms, 5.5 baths, over three levels. Luxurious master suite. Cook’s kitchen, breakfast room overlooking pool, library/family room with wet bar, fireplace and French doors opening to private, landscaped four acres. Very fine gardens with hardscaping and attached garage: $1,995,000
What: Classic old Baltimore. Dignified, rather than imposing. Not a lot of bling. But unmistakably upper crust. Sitting quietly and confidently at the top of the country lane that is Chattolanee Hill. Through the front door is a nice vista out the back door to the green fields beyond. Center hall colonial — so the stairs go right up from the entrance way. To the right is the kitchen wing, with butler’s pantry and a long, well-equipped kitchen. There’s a Sub-Zero fridge, and a vintage Vulcan range that the owner is “taking with me.” So you’ll need a range. Kitchen is nice because it sits up high overlooking the garden, with a few steps descending to the eat-in area. The entire house wanders up and down these mini-levels, which gives it a rambling feeling, although the layout is actually quite sensible and cozy. At the other end from the kitchen, through the living and dining rooms, is a family room cum library, which gives the house a place for hanging out, and entertaining. French doors lead outside. Bedrooms are all upstairs. The master bedroom has multiple walk in closets, dressing rooms, and an office. Bathrooms are large and nice – but not ultra modern. There is room for some updating. The lower level is large and finished. There is a gym area down here, and it’s a natural games and rec room. The garden is what really sets off the house. At least 20 kinds of trees, many rare, were planted by the owner. There are perennial beds and acres of lawn, about half of it enclosed. Many a happy day could be spent out here.
Where: At the very top of Chatolanee Hill Road, a bucolic, tree-lined road that winds north from Greenspring Valley Road, with nice vistas over the Greenspring Valley Club golf course. The drive up here on a sunny evening would be a pleasant way to end the day. It’s a half an hour to downtown Baltimore, about 10 minutes to Green Spring Station in one direction, and even less over to Reisterstown Road (Trader Joe’s!) in the other direction. Garrison Forest and McDonogh Schools are nearby.
Would Suit: Ideally, a gardener. More likely, Greenspring Valley types, happy to drive an extra few miles for the peace and the lifestyle of Baltimore horse country. Maybe both.
Why: Generous storage and closet space throughout the house.
Why Not: Multiple levels make it potentially tricky for older people or very small children.
NB: Conservation easement restricts development of the property. It’s your own private Idaho, up here.