Happiness For Sale: 147 Acres, Barns and Stables In The Greenspring Valley

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Hot House: Deer Park Farm, 3115 Black Rock Road, Glyndon, MD 21071

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Federal style brick farmhouse, circa 1851, with seamed metal roof. Completely renovated, 5,500 sq. ft. Five bedrooms, 6 baths over two levels, unfinished basement. Hardwood floors, 5 fireplaces, country kitchen, two family rooms, ensuite master bath with sep. glass shower, soaking tub, walk-in closet. Central air, two car garage. Bank barn, additional barn with 12 stalls total, paddock, stable w/caretakers apartment, riding ring, machine shed.  Two-acre pond with pond house and dock: $1.85 million

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What: Study after study shows that people who live and work outdoors report higher levels of happiness. Here’s your chance. This farm offers ice skating in winter, swimming in summer and fishing all year round on the pond in the front yard. There is a big barn for the horses, and the occasional daughter’s wedding. Trails offer the opportunity for walking and riding through the woods. Freshly tilled fields and a big garden provide a chance to watch nature at work. The house itself is a lovely country manor, sunny and comfortable, but life at Deer Park Farm happens outdoors. In its 200-year history, the farm has had just eight owners. One of those was Janon Fisher Jr. — owner and breeder of the legendary horse Mountain Dew, three time Hunt Cup winner and six time winner of the Maryland Grand National horse race. Fisher was a Master of the Green Spring Valley Hounds, and fox hunting parties were traditionally held upstairs in the large barn. Through the stone pillars, the approach to Deer Park Farm is a long, tree-lined drive with split rail fencing and a view of the pond. The tiny log cabin is the original summer kitchen, now used as a changing and storage room for pond gear. Last one in’s a rotten egg.

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Where: About a mile out Black Rock Road, not far from the Vinci Stone Quarry and the Maryland Saddlery Shop. It’s a 10 minute drive to the Hunt Valley Mall with its fabulous Wegmans, about a half hour to downtown Baltimore. The property is located within the Hereford School District, with fine public schools. Take Falls Road north from the city. Just past Butler, Black Rock Road forks left off of Falls.

Why: Freedom from fear…of development. None of this 147 acre parcel can be developed, and all the land surrounding the property is in conservation trust. Thank you, The Valleys Planning Council.

Why Not: Allergic to horses.

 Would Suit: Pharrell Williams – he’s Happy.

NB: Owners have planted peach and apple trees, grape vines, blueberries, raspberries and asparagus. They hunt geese and deer on the property in season, and fish for bass (but mostly big old catfish) in the pond.

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