Hot House: 12306 Michaelsford Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Contemporary style house, circa 1990, fully renovated, in stone with cedar siding and shingle roof. Tiered back deck, stone patio, balcony off master bedroom. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths over 3,253 sq. ft and four levels, including finished walk-out basement. Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, living room with fireplace, custom gourmet kitchen with limestone countertops, cherry cabinets, high-end s/s appliances. Family room w/stone fireplace adjacent to kitchen and doors to deck, heated sunroom with woodland views. Large master suite with walk in closets, luxury bathroom. 3 further bedrooms on top floor, one on lower level. Zoned heat and central a/c. Two-car attached garage on side. Heated driveway. Stone hardscaping on landscaped 1.5 acre lot: $845,500
Open house: Sunday, Dec. 4, 12-3pm
What: Like many houses in Laurelford, the architectural style of this home is hard to pinpoint. The low and wide rooflines and overhanging eaves have a passing resemblance to Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic house, Taliesin. On the other hand, there is a modern cottage aspect to it’s stone front and woodland setting. In this case it’s a happy mix, and it gives a distinctive character to this comfortable contemporary house, with lots of well-placed glass to let in the sun. The kitchen island functions as command central, and the captain can keep a close eye on the table, the big family room and out onto the huge back deck with a nice vista through the trees. There are separate living and dining rooms, but chances are that most of the living will be done right here (see photo above). At least until its time to retreat to the master suite, on its own level of the house, with vaulted wooden ceiling, enviable walk in closet, soaking tub, separate glass shower and walk-out private balcony. The basement rec room is finished and partially windowed, and provides good overflow for play dates, teenagers or casual entertaining. Definitely worth a look on Sunday afternoon.
Where: Laurelford is a popular and high-end development between Falls Road and I-83, just north of Padonia Road in Cockeysville. Luxurious custom homes and well-designed spec houses are spaced well apart, and tall trees lend a restful air to the whole place. Former Raven’s owner, the late Art Model, lived in a Laurelford mansion until his death in 2012, and many homes here sell for well over a million, though not all have the charm of this one.
Laurelford is a safe, easy place for families. Highly rated Dulaney Valley High is your public high school option (mean SAT scores @1600), as well as Mays Chapel Elementary and Ridgely Middle School. St. Paul’s and Garrison Forest Schools, as well as the McDonough School are the closest private schools. It’s 25 minutes to downtown, via 83S. 83N to the Hunt Valley Wegman’s, about 10 minutes. Oregon Ridge State Park is just a few miles away.
Why: Beautiful and manageable house, pretty grounds. County taxes.
Why Not: You’ll need to drive everywhere.
Would Suit: Young family to enjoy the fire pit.
NB: Heated driveway will be a joy on an icy morning.