Hot House: 15315 Carroll Road, Monkton, Md., 21111

Historic Georgian manor house, ‘Clynmalira’ circa 1823, in painted brick, fully renovated, with seamed copper roof. 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 7,435 sq. ft over three stories. Twelve-foot ceilings, wide center entrance hall, living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen, library, family room, sunroom with panoramic views. Ten fireplaces, many original architectural features, including original Georgia pine floors. Central a/c. Tenant house, pool and pool house, seven-stall barn, sports court. 9.2-acre property with mature specimen trees and gardens. Well and septic: $3,295,000

What: The historic manor house of a 5,000-acre land tract given by Lord Baltimore to his Attorney General Charles Carroll in 1705. Carroll’s great-great-grandson, Henry Carroll, built this house and named it Clynmalira after the family’s ancestral home in Ireland — at least, that’s the rumor. Clynmalira (which rhymes with Indira, not Elvira) is a mouthful, and perhaps you could give it a nickname, but it’s a beautiful home. A big center hall runs southern-style through to the back of the house, with wings telescoping east and west. A detailed description of its architecture is on the website of the Maryland Historical Trust. It has been so beautifully renovated that in photographs it looks almost new, but this is simply a tribute to the quality of the work. It’s a comfortable family home, with all the bells and whistles you expect in this price category.

Here are some pictures of a wedding held there last year. A few decades back, a great deal of the adjoining land and some barns were sold to Roseda Farm, a supplier of Black Angus beef. As neighbors go, you could do worse, and the sight of the sun rising and setting over green hills dotted with black cows is no hardship. More than anything, the house offers a really, really stunning setting, complete with a long tree-lined drive and a historic plaque. Every view is a winner, and as long as you are happy with the cows, they will be happy with you.

Where: Older listings say Phoenix or Sparks, but the current address says Monkton. The land here was part of the My Lady’s Manor land grant from Lord Baltimore to his fourth wife, and much of it is now in a protected land trust. From the city, take I-83 North to E. Belfast Road, then Sparks Road to Carroll Road. It’s about a half-hour from Baltimore, but only 10 minutes to Hunt Valley Towne Centre. Milton Inn and Manor Tavern are your best bets food-wise in these parts. Good public schools around here, but for someone with a $3-million+ house, that may not matter.


Why Not: Proximity to cow fields, while picturesque, means some smells for sure when the wind is right.

Would Suit: Cow (beef) fanciers, D.C.’s remaining Russian cyber spies.

NB: Some of our nation’s finest beef — locally raised, grass-fed, hormone-free, dry-aged Black Angus — is available next door.