"Downton Abbey" 20 minutes from Downtown Baltimore?

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Hot House: 25 Woodbrook Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21212

Stone manor-style house, circa 1934, with five acres of land, backing on the seventh hole of the Elkridge Club golf course. Eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, on three stories, 7,724sq. feet: $2.5 million

What:   Among the finest houses in Baltimore — built for the owner’s family by Laurence Fowler, a well known Baltimore architect (see Guilford) — this is its first time on the market in over fifty years. Rolling front yard feels like the English countryside — giant ginko trees, looming pines — think Downton Abbey (and you, strolling the grounds with your lab). The façade is a warm, weathered stone. You enter the center hall, with black and white marble floors, at once grand and welcoming, and turn to face a large living room, butternut-wood paneled library, and dining room off the main foyer. French doors in nearly every room all seem to have a southern exposure – this is by design. Down the east wing is the large, sunny kitchen. Bathrooms and kitchen probably want redoing, but overall, the house is in mint condition — slate roof appears in perfect shape, the basement warm and dry, and with its baronial fireplace, evoking a medieval mead hall. Bedrooms upstairs are large, bright and generously supplied with both closets and views. Too numerous to mention are the architectural details — carved wooden moldings, casement windows with bronze mullions, etc. — throughout the house. And yes, just past the trees in the back, visible from the stone patio off the library, rolling green hills and the challenge of the seventh hole.  

Where: A prime location, Woodbrook Lane combines the feel of a rural country lane with immediate, but invisible, access to Charles Street.  Coming north on Charles Street, out of the city, Woodbrook Lane is on the left, just past the Brown Memorial Church. The house is second on the left, windows shining in the sun, at the top of the hill. At its end, the street runs into Robert E. Lee Park, so there’s no through traffic, and it’s quiet at all hours.

Would Suit: Lord and Lady Grantham – of Baltimore

Why: Gorgeous old trees, copper gutters, stonework details – they don’t make houses like this anymore.

Why not:  “Trees, schmees” – you’d rather a newly-built, fully-wired French chateau in Owings Mills.

NB: The original 17-acre lot is being subdivided, so that you will have five new houses — on two acre lots — nearby in a few years.

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