343 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, Baltimore County, 21117

Hot House: Blend of the old and new in the Greenspring Valley. Five bedrooms and seven baths. 5,290 square feet. Asking price: $1.375 million.

What: The early 20th century Baltimore architecture firm of E.H. Glidden was responsible for some of Baltimore’s most beautiful buildings, including the Washington Apartments in Mount Vernon, Furness House on South Street, the late, lamented Rochambeau Apartments, and the completely charming Calvert Court apartments on Calvert Street. The firm was also responsible for this house in the Greenspring Valley, reminiscent of the oast houses in England, and echoing that country’s Norman-style architecture.

The unusual Monk-bond brick on the large steeply pitched roofed wing at the front of the house lets you know that the architecture of the house has been carefully considered. Built in 1948, the house is the work of E.H. Glidden, Jr., a student of his father’s. While this house has been sympathetically updated, it retains much of its original charm. The updates include a custom quartz kitchen, new bathrooms, new windows in the same style as the originals, copper gutters, and a finished lower level. Many of these updates increase the energy efficiency of the house. 

The level lot, which is just over two-and-a-half acres just off of Garrison Forest Road, features beautiful spring plantings, including azaleas and daffodils (if you buy the house right now, they’ll be blooming when you move in), as well as mature specimen trees. 

The circular drive, parking area, and attached two-car garage give you plenty of space for your cars and your friends’ cars when we can safely have friends over again.

Where: Set in the beautiful Greenspring Valley in Baltimore County, this house is convenient to so much. It’s close to Reisterstown Road, and Wegman’s, assorted restaurants, and numerous other stores are close by. I-795 to the Beltway will get you where you want to go. 

Final Appraisal: This is another house with a lot of space. Five bedrooms and seven bathrooms will give the entire family the private space we all crave nearly a year into the pandemic shut-down. The large grounds leave ample room to run around and burn off energy. There is even space for a pool and a tennis or pickle court if you wish. The listing for the house is here. 

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Meg Fielding

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.