Hot House: 13800 Falls Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Farm style house, circa 1967, well and recently renovated. Features 5,662 sq. ft. over 3 stories with finished basement. Brick and stone exterior with hardiplank siding. Geothermal heating and cooling. Four bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths. First floor master bedroom suite, gourmet country kitchen off family room, with Wolf and Sub-zero appliances, granite counters. Living/dining area with fireplace, den with fireplace and floor to ceiling bookshelves, 3 further bedroom suites upstairs. Carriage house with loft apartment, workshops and 3 car garage, large parking pad. Pool w/pastoral views on 9.3 acres: CPOUFS $2,895,000
What: This house was purchased in 2012 by Barry Udoff, COO of Fred W. Frank Bail Bonds (also known as Lexington National Insurance Corp. the largest bail bond company in Maryland), lobbyist and president of Maryland Bail Bonds Association. He bought it for $1,065,000, and with its current price of $2,850,000, it’s safe to assume he did the geothermal and the high-end renovation. The listing unusually specifies CPOUF, which means Commission Payable Only Upon Full Settlement (and not, as one commenter suggested, Come Pay Our Unrealistic, Frightening Sum). The renovation, by any measure, is impressive. It’s hard to think of anything that could still be done, or done better, in the interior of the home. It is an informal house, and for the price, many people will want a bigger architectural presence. That said, it’s tasteful and luxurious. The master bedroom has a custom walk-in closet, a gas fireplace and nice tumbled marble bath. The great room has high beamed ceilings, views of the countryside and a cozy feeling for such a big room. The carriage house is equally comfortable, so mom can live next door.
Where: Falls Road, north of Shawan, with good access to I-83 and points north and south. About a half mile from John Brown’s General Store and Butchery, a mile from the Oregon Grill, about 10 minutes to Wegmans. Sparks Elementary, Dulaney Valley High School are the local schools.
Why: Geothermal. Understated luxury with pastoral views.
Why Not: It’s not that far off Falls Road, you’ll hear some road noise.
NB: Stay friends. You never know when you’ll need a bail bondsman.