Former CEO’s Country Estate on Falls Road in Idyllic Setting

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Hot House: 11530 Falls Road, Sparks, MD.

Colonial style wood frame over brick farm house, circa 1853, wrapped with porches, set on a slight rise. 5,642 sq. ft. over three stories with finished basement.  6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, with swimming pool, veranda, three car garage, 9’ ceilings, mudroom, hardwood floors, fireplaces: $1,795,000

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What: Not the most grand, not the most expensive, not the most bathrooms per square foot, but nevertheless, this is a house that many people who’ve visited call their “favorite house in Baltimore.” (It’s not actually in Baltimore, but in Baltimore County.) Number 11530 Falls Road is a Victorian farmhouse that sits on five acres at the end of a long, long driveway. It’s been the home to a former CEO’s family since 1997, and before that it was the home of developer Donald Manekin. It looks like what it is — a much loved family home, and its simplicity hides a lot of very nice features: pool out back, near the house, overlooked by the veranda; basketball court hidden behind the pretty, stable-like garage; stone outdoor fireplace; baseball backstop and field down below; a little hill, perfect for sledding  — it clearly has been, and will be, a magnet for kids and friends.

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Inside, the entrance hall is huge and welcoming, with an arched transom over the door, a wide, graceful staircase, and glimpses of bookcases, a window seat on the landing, and views through the French doors to the pool. Nothing overdone, everything in proportion, all top drawer. Gourmet kitchen, with gourmet appliances, soapstone counters, built-in mom’s desk.  All bedrooms are upstairs, all bathrooms are modern, glass showers and more. The master suite is light and airy with marble bath, walk-in closets, and adjoining sitting room with fireplace. Zoned central air, central music system, security system. On the way home, car radio plays Three Dog Night –“Out in the country, before the breathing air is gone…before the sun is just a bright spot in the nighttime…out where the rivers like to run.” That says it all.

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Where: About a quarter mile down a private road off of Falls, on the left driving north — past St. Paul’s School, but before Padonia Road. Very private, peaceful and no noise from Falls Road. Lush lawns, trees. Shop Greenspring Station, Whole Foods, Graul’s, and more. The location has great access to Baltimore north and south.

Why: Magical setting, top shape, great flow. Unusually happy vibe.

Why Not: We need at least nine bathrooms.

Would Suit: Becks, Posh, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz.  

NB: Plenty of room, but obviously, you can’t really go for a walk from here.

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Hot House is sponsored by Cindy Conklin and Bob Merbler of Prudential YWGC Realty

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