Hot House: 808 Upper Glencoe Road, Sparks, 21152 MD
Victorian farmhouse, circa 1899, clapboard with slate and metal roofing, full-width covered front porch, in good condition. 3,125 sq. ft. over three levels, unfinished basement. Five bedrooms 2.5 baths, with yellow pine floors, original architectural detail, breakfast area with French doors to deck overlooking fields, barn, paddocks. Whole house generator, two zoned central A/C, on 8+ acres with stream: $785,000
What: A lifestyle choice. The compelling reason to buy this house is because you are ready to saddle up. There are certainly more luxurious houses in Sparks at this price point, but not many that come equipped with a beautiful renovated six-stall bank barn, a heated wood-paneled tack room, four paddocks and a fenced riding ring – and 8+ acres of pretty, mostly private Maryland countryside, not too far from the Hunt Valley mall. Built by and for the Gorsuch family, who in 1762 received a large royal land grant in these parts, the house is sunny and cheerful, with some nice features – window seats, cove crown moldings, wainscoting – which could all be made more of. The kitchen addition and bathrooms have been recently done nicely. Stucco wall fireplace in the kitchen is fun. Upstairs, an entire room has been turned into a laundry operation. Master bedroom is not en suite, and there is just one hall bath on the second floor. Third floor has a big new bathroom and could be reconfigured as a master suite. The basement is untouched, except for systems, but clean and dry and with the pleasant authenticity of a 100 year old farmhouse.
Where: Take 83N to Exit 24/ButlerSparks, then follow Ensor Mill Road, which becomes Upper Glencoe. House is on the left. It is in the highly desirable Hereford Public School District, and you are also near St. Timothy’s and Oldfields schools. The Milton Inn is just over on York Road – close enough to drive home after a glass of wine or two. It’s about 30 minutes downtown via I-83, 10 minutes to the Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Wegman’s.
Would Suit: Subscribers to Horse & Rider.
Why: A real country life with room for animals.
Why Not: Encroaching sprawl. Surrounding properties not quite as picturesque as you’d hope.
NB: Great party-barn. Nice chicken coop.