312 Meadowcroft Lane, Lutherville.
Hot House: The original Meadowcroft manor house located in Lutherville. Six bedrooms and 4.5 baths; garage; carriage house/barn with additional living quarters; central heating and cooling; lots of Old World charm and details; 2+ acres; fireplaces; pool. 7,300 square feet. Asking price: $1.399 million.
Hot House: The 1920s were great years for architecture, and this house certainly reflects that era. From the utterly charming front entrance, with the sundial above the front door, the beautiful lantern and the 12-over-12 windows, and the beautiful plantings along the front and the driveway, this house has it all: great location, beautiful setting, historic house, guest house and more. While it looks to be in the heart of the country, it’s convenient to everything.
What: Meadowcroft is the original “manor” house on what was a large piece of property, just off Dulaney Valley Road. It has now been surrounded by more modern houses, mostly Georgian style from the 1990s, built before wildly overbuilt McMansions became the norm. But the home is completely private, surrounded by more than two acres. The house rambles on, in telescope style – each addition getting a bit smaller and smaller – but it holds together in an orderly way. There are fireplaces in the living room, dining room, billiards room, and library, as well as enough millwork to make each room distinctive. Because the house is only one room deep, it’s full of light from large windows and multiple sets of French doors.
The master bedroom is separate from the rest of the bedrooms and has two dressing rooms as well as a large master bath. The second floor also has four bedrooms, two full baths, a study/office, and a back staircase, something I always appreciated when I was a kid!
In addition to the main house, there is also a 2,000 square foot guest house/barn on the property that was recently renovated. It contains a family room, living room, dining room, full kitchen, bathrooms, and two bedrooms. A golf simulator on the top floor of the barn conveys with the house, as does a billiard table, large screen TV, and sound system.
Where: Meadowcroft is just off Dulaney Valley Road, right outside of the Beltway. It’s very convenient to everything Towson has to offer, as well as numerous public and private schools. It’s just a short hop north on Dulaney Valley to the hiking and kayaking at Loch Raven.
Final Appraisal: A country home close to the city. You will still be close enough to the city as you take advantage of all this historic home has to offer. Your in-laws can live on your property, but not in your house. Charm and elegance are two words that I probably overuse, but they really fit the bill. The listing is here.