Hot House: 115 Woodholme Avenue, Pikesville, MD 21208
Grand traditional home, formerly clapboard, now vinyl-sided, circa 1925, extensively modernized in the 80’s and richly finished in 2013. Four bedrooms, four and a half baths, 7,159 sq. ft. over 2 stories, with unfinished basement and attic. Renovations include polished marquetry floors, gold-filigree moldings, ornate painted Roman columns, walls and floors. Large gourmet kitchen with oversized granite island and wood-burning fireplace. Versailles-inspired master suite with two bathrooms. Landscaped grounds with mature trees, swimming pool, garage with studio/apt: $889,000
What: A distinguished old home with a lovely hilltop setting. Its original 8+ acre lot is being subdivided to make room for 7 additional custom homes (see photo at bottom), each with a 1-acre lot, which will make up a development called Woodholme Green. Heartbreaking in a way, but it’s a familiar story. Once owned by Lawrence Naylor, a Baltimore civic leader and Rouse company executive, the house was clearly designed for entertaining, with unusually large rooms for its style and era. A ballroom-size living room adjoins a ballroom-size family room with french doors running the full length and opening to a bluestone patio. A ballroom-sized kitchen with two of every appliance completes the picture. Some of the dramatic, recently added finishes seem more suited to Paris than Pikesville, but then again, maybe not. Upstairs bedrooms are all new, likewise the bathrooms. They feel opulent until you get to the master bedroom, which feels opulent until you get to the largest of the two master baths, where a decorator’s (Marie Antoinette?) French fantasy has been unleashed, with staggering results. Only the house’s original dining room and library remain as they were, quiet reminders of a former life.
Where: Woodholme Avenue is off Reisterstown Road, behind J. Brown Jewelers and the Men’s Warehouse (exit 20 on 695W). It leads to the Woodholme Country Club, less then a quarter mile from the house, so that you could conceivably keep a golf cart, and drive it back and forth from the club. The Reisterstown Road corridor is a shopping mecca. Garrison Forest and McDonough schools are just minutes away, as is the highly rated Woodholme Elementary.
Who: Entertainers – these rooms can accommodate hundreds at a time.
Why: A lot of luxury for the price.
Why Not: Some of the décor verges on the ridiculous.
NB: The noise barrier to 695 runs along one side of the property, (house pre-dates the Beltway) and you do hear the highway from the yard.