Hot House: 3515 Anton Farms Road, Pikesville, MD 21208

Fieldstone “bank barn,” circa 1750, now 8,000 sq. ft. home, circa 1953, in stone and stucco, on 1.8 acres in Stevenson. Seven bedrooms, 7 baths, 2 half baths over three stories. Elevator, gourmet kitchen, three fireplaces, game room, wine cellar, 1,500 sq. ft. in-law/au pair suite and two garages for 7 cars: $1,099,000

What: In the mid 1700’s this was the main barn for the 800 acre Garrison farm, owned by Charles T. Cockey (Cockeysville). Some of the old bricks were made by slaves, and Revolutionary War soldiers slept here. In 1953, the barn was converted into a house and bought by the Hendler’s – of Hendler’s Ice Cream fame and Mensana Pain Clinic notoriety. The owner’s purchased it in 1997 from the Hendler estate, and updated it top to bottom, adding an elevator, a Stuart kitchen and a wine cellar but keeping the original stone walls and one foot thick chestnut beams. Called a “bank barn” because the entrance is at the top of a bank — hay could be carted up the entrance ramp and dropped down into lower level storage areas – much of the square footage of the house is on these lower levels. Because of this, it has a reverse two story layout, (California contemporary) with the main living area and master bedroom on the upper floor, and the other bedrooms downstairs, with windows on the downhill side. Upstairs is open plan, with hardwood floors and big windows looking out the back. The sunken living room has a beautiful stone fireplace, the kitchen is a dream, and the master bedroom suite is enormous, with huge walk in closets, office space and large bathroom. House is generously endowed with bathrooms, every bedroom has one, plus a couple more, for good measure.  Forced-air heat, central air, lots of parking.

Where: Anton Farms Road is less than a mile off the beltway, but feels rural-ish. Driving west on 695, take exit 21/ Stevenson Road. Turn right on Stevenson, drive about a half mile and Anton Farms Road will be on your left. House driveway is on the right, .3 miles from the turn. Nearby are the Quarry Lake shopping center and the Reisterstown Road corridor. Though is has a Pikesville zip code, the house is nevertheless, truly in Stevenson.

Who: Car collector with large family.

Why: Children can say they were “raised in a barn.”

Why Not: Owners divided the parcel and another house was built on the nearby land. The new house is attractive, but  detracts from view.

NB: There’s another 4,000 sq ft. of floor space in the sub-basement.

Contact: David Hilger

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