Hot House: 1230 Greenspring Valley Road, Lutherville, MD 21093
Wood frame, cottage-style country estate, circa 1902, with shingle roof. Seven bedrooms, four full, two half baths over 6,489 sq. ft. in good condition. Hilltop setting, with full-length sunroom and wrap around porch offering spectacular views of the Greenspring Valley. Grand entrance hall with fireplace and views through to porch. Large living room, sitting room, dining room and kitchen with butler’s pantry. Library with fireplace and built in bookshelves. Original carved mantles, moldings, wainscoting, parquet floors. Central a/c, security system. Tree-lined drive with carriage house. Porte cochere and parking for several cars. On 6.03 acres total, w/2.47 acres in conservation. $1.8 million
What: Just a little summer place, built in 1902 by one Fannie Winchester, wife of Henry Carroll. The land it sits on was part of the huge parcel of land called Cockey’s Delight, owned by Samuel Cockey. It seems to have passed through the female line of several Baltimore families in the 19th century (Emily Cockey, Annie Angus, Fannie Winchester, Emma Fulton) until Lucy C. Iglehart bought it in 1913. The Iglehart family lived here from 1913 to 1945, and one member of the family recalls that “it was the summer house, where they would go until they went up to Maine.” Sandy Glover, it’s current owner, has lavished it with love. The roof is new, there’s three-zoned a/c, and it’s been decorated in a style that goes well beyond “summer house.” The kitchen is a little dated if you’re looking for granite and stainless, but it’s big and comfortable. There’s a cozy office/family room off the kitchen, where the sun pours in. Bedrooms and baths are up to date and roomy. There’s plenty of storage. You’ll have some famous neighbors, who you’ll run into at the steeplechase.
Where: At the corner of Greenspring Valley Road and Greenspring Avenue, look up. There it is among the trees, it’s long windows gleaming in the sunshine. A tree-lined, winding drive leads up to the house from Greenspring Valley Road. At one time, the driveway went down to an entrance on Greenspring Avenue, which is the address still used by Baltimore County. It’s a great Valley location, not too close to Reisterstown Road, not too far from Greenspring Station. Close to Falls Road and I-83. St. Paul’s School and Meadowood Park are just down the road. You can furnish the whole place at Halcyon House Antiques on Greenspring Avenue.
Would Suit: Active family, landed gentry, people close to tradition.
Why: The sunporch. The entrance hall.
Why Not: You’re more the new custom home type.
NB: A historic old tenant (probably slave) house is still visible behind the carriage house. It predates Ivy Hill by about 100 years and is listed in records as the Russell Morris house.