12020 Glen Arm Road, Glen Arm, Maryland

Hot House: “Serendipity” 1790’s historic house, updated for 2021. Four Bedrooms/four Baths on four acres in Glen Arm. Asking price: $925,000

What: This 1790 historic home has been updated with all of the conveniences required by 21st-century living such as a contemporary kitchen, air conditioning and a pool. The house in Glen Arm  According to Maryland’s Cultural Resource System, MEDUSA, Serendipity is “a substantial stone house of a prosperous farmer. Several additions made soon after the initial construction give the dwelling an exceptionally picturesque quality. It retains almost all of its detailing, contemporary to each section, with little alteration.”

Serendipity’s original details include wide plank wood floors, seven fireplaces, wood ceiling beams in the kitchen, and more. Both the living and dining rooms feature deeply set windows and original fireplaces, as well as beautiful wood trim and early, if not original wood floors. A set of wide double doors separate the two rooms. A shelf-lined library or home office provides a good place to quietly read or work. The gourmet kitchen, with its professional-grade appliances, is fit for a serious chef. A wet bar/mudroom/flower room completes the picture. The large screened-in porch is the perfect place to while away a lazy summer afternoon or entertain family and friends with a crab feast.

The main bedroom, with fireplace, has its own recently updated bath/shower room, and a large walk-in closet. There are three additional bedrooms, and two baths, as well as a laundry room. Copious storage space fills out the second and third floors.

The amenities continue on the four-acre property. The pool includes a hot tub and a waterfall, all surrounded by beautiful gardens and specimen trees. Additional buildings include a bank barn with three stalls, and a workshop with a guest suite.

Where: Serendipity is part of the original “Land of Promose” 2,000 acre, 1683 land grant on the Gunpowder River in the Long Green Valley. It is one of a number of historic properties in the area. The house is about a 10-minute drive to the Beltway, and about 20 minutes into Towson.

Final Appraisal: Many of us are still not ready to be around crowds of people and prefer to do our socializing with family and friends at home. Serendipity has all you need for that – a great screened-in porch for the summer, or a cozy library for the winter; acreage for walks; stables for horses; a pool and hot tub for relaxing; and a wet bar for cocktail-making.

The link to the listing is here.

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.