Hot House: 6137 Barroll Road, Baltimore County, MD 21209
Shingle-style farmhouse, circa 1931, well and completely renovated. Seven bedrooms, four full, two half baths over three stories and 6,274 sq. ft. Original farmhouse with seamless addition. Open eat-in kitchen with wide plank oak floors, large family room with stone fireplace (four total), mudroom with custom built-ins, screened porch, views. Formal living room and dining room, reading room, sitting room. Upstairs bedrooms, en-suite master with soaking tub, glass shower and custom closet room. Two-car garage with second-floor loft, kitchenette, bath. Central AC, extensive bluestone hardscaping, salt water pool, 7.3-acre lot: $2,495,000
What: It’s the dream. Old trees, rolling lawns, a pretty vegetable garden, bee hives, and rope swings. In 1931, this house was converted from a large barn on the Barroll farm to its main residence. By 2000, when Tony and Sorrell King bought it after a single viewing, the house was dilapidated but retained a charm that reminded them of their farm in Manakin, Virginia.
With the help of architect Henry Warfield, they built an addition with copper-seamed roofing, large rooms, high ceilings and creature comforts, but left the front intact, keeping the character of the old house–the leaded windows, the old oak floors, the asymmetrical front windows and the graciousness of an old Virginia estate.
Seven bedrooms sounds like a lot, but some are large and gabled, some are small and quirky, and the house does not overwhelm with its size. They added beautiful bluestone paths and walls but kept the herringbone brick terrace and the evergreen magnolia–good calls on both. The shingled two-car garage has an awesome kid room/guest suite/studio upstairs. There is no kitchenette or bath in the garage loft. There is an outdoor shower.
Where: Barroll Road feels like a private drive leading off of Hollins Road in Brooklandville. Green lawns stretch down to the woods bordering Lake Roland. A map of the park’s hiking and running trails can be found here. It’s completely private, and yet there are neighbors just out of sight. It’s minutes from Lake Falls Village, with the Ivy Bookshop, the Corner Pantry, and Yoga Village. Schools, public and private, both in Baltimore City and county are a short drive.
Why: Unique property in idyllic setting.
Why Not: [email protected]#$ing deer. (But vegetable garden is enclosed).
Would Suit: Family with children, dogs, chickens, ponies.
NB: The entire property is in preservation land trusts, and cannot be developed.
Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that there is a buildable lot on the 7.3 acres. The entire property is in historic preservation and there are no buildable lots.