Hot House: 37 Sherwood Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Victorian style wood frame house on brick foundation, circa 1887, with wraparound porch and gazebo. Hand crafted exterior wood trim. Five bedrooms, 3 full baths over 3,032 sq. ft. Entrance hall, living and dining rooms, den, kitchen with eat-in sunroom, walk-in pantry and vaulted ceiling. Original architectural details, high ceilings, plaster and wood moldings, arched doorways, pine floors. Large attic loft suite with full spa bath and balcony. Central air, nine car heated garage/workroom, 1.82 private acres: $549,944 (recently reduced)
What: A simple farmhouse, with whimsical gingerbread trim that adds a lot of curb appeal. The house had been stripped of its decoration when the current owner bought it 40 years ago. He later discovered a photo showing the original wood trim, and copied it “gradually, over the years” by hand, until it was completely restored. On the third floor, a large loft bedroom and living space would make a good master suite or teenage hang out, complete with spa bath. “Systems are good, roof is good” according to the realtor, and the house is in fine condition. You may not want all the wall-to-wall carpet, but there are nice pine floors underneath. The sun streams in all day long, and you can watch it set from your favorite spot on the west facing porch.
Where: Just a few blocks off York Road, north of Warren Road, near Antiques Row. Surprisingly, there is no view or noise from York Road. The house sits up on top of a hill, behind the old stone church. It backs onto six private, non-buildable acres owned and maintained by Baltimore County. It feels like an extension of the back yard and would be a storybook house for nature-loving kids. The original land parcel was owned by Joshua Cockey (1775). The house itself was lived in, and possibly built for, several generations of the Reckart family. Nearby public schools include Mays Chapel Elementary, Cockeysville Middle and Delaney Valley High School, all highly rated. Access to I83 at Warren Road and Shawan Road. Five minutes from Hunt Valley mall.
Why: Curb appeal. Rates a 9.6 on the charm meter.
Why Not: Painting all that gingerbread.
Would Suit: Romantics.
NB: In 1864, Confederate troops led by Maj. Harry Gilmor would have marched over this hill, on their way to burning the tracks and trestle bridges of the North Central Railroad.