714 Western Run Road, Cockeysville

Hot House: Williamsburg-style brick house on 10 acres in the Western Run Valley. 6 beds/7 baths. 5,278 square feet. Asking price: $1,950,000

Editor’s note: This Hot House on Western Run Road was actually built in 1749, not 1965 as this column previously stated. (The column has since been corrected.) It is the Dr. David Ross house, originally on Annapolis Road in PG County. It was moved in the late 1950s and reconstructed on the “Preservation Hill” site in Cockeysville, with the renovation/modernization in the 1960s by the architect Bryden Bordley Hyde.

What: This brick house is perched on a hill overlooking the Western Run Valley, just west of Hunt Valley, and sits on 10 acres of beautiful land. The Williamsburg/Tidewater style, with its distinctive nine-over-nine arched windows and cedar-shake roof, takes its cues from the houses in Williamsburg, which imparts a classic look and is more casual than the town’s Georgian architecture.

This house was built in 1749 and has been thoughtfully updated over the years as not to appear cliché. With its beautiful wood millwork and 11 fireplaces, it presents a cozy atmosphere. Many of the windows throughout the house feature window-seats which could be used as a place to display special pieces or curl up with a great book. Many of the windows also have interior shutters.

The living room has a huge colonial-style fireplace and French doors which lead to a covered terrace. The dining room also has a large fireplace as well as a corner cabinet for china and glassware. The kitchen retains a classic colonial look with a brick floor, beamed ceiling and large fireplace with a bread oven. It’s been updated with top range appliances and a porcelain Belfast sink. Adjacent to the kitchen is a butler’s pantry and a breakfast room. A cozy brick-floored covered patio with a beautiful wisteria overlooks the landscaped gardens, and a rill with a waterfall leading to the pool.

Each of the second-floor bedrooms has a fireplace and a dormer window or two, and the bathrooms have been updated to suit modern needs. Conveniently, there is also a second-floor laundry room, with long counters for folding clothes.

Also included on this property is a guest cottage with two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths, perched at the top of a hill with a porch which would be perfect for a few rocking chairs. The guest house features beautiful millwork, several fireplaces, wide plank flooring and updated appliances.

Where: This house is located on the I-83 end of Western Run Road (as opposed to the Falls Road end) so it’s just a quick jaunt over to all of the stores and restaurants at Hunt Valley and I-83 into the city or up to Pennsylvania.

Final Appraisal: If you are a fan of Tidewater or Williamsburg-style architecture, this is the closest you’re going to get and still stay in Maryland! The 10-acre provides all of the privacy you’re looking for, all while being close to the conveniences, including the huge Wegmans, that Hunt Valley offers. The listing for the house is here.

All images from the listing.

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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.