Hot House: 8 Bowen Mill Road, Ruxton, MD 21212
Contemporary-style, Charles Richter designed house in painted brick, circa 1989. Three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over 5,572 square feet and three levels, with gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, family room, multiple fireplaces, master bedroom suite w/walk in closet, built-ins, home office/in-law suite w/separate entrance, custom designed wine cellar in finished basement, attached garage. Forced air heat, central a/c. Bluestone patios, swimming pool, on 9.5 + landscaped acres: $2,100,000
What: A luxury home which, somewhat mysteriously, appears on many websites as “Address Unavailable.” No “for sale” sign in front of the house either. Still, it seems to be, however reluctantly, for sale. Recently reduced by $200K to $2.1 million, it’s one of six or seven houses priced over $2 million currently on the market in Ruxton, and the only contemporary of the lot. Custom designed in 1989 by Baltimore architect Charles Richter, the house takes full advantage of its pretty, 9.5 + acre wooded property, with a glass-walled backside that overlooks the pool and the trees. Light fills the house and draws you through. Though not exactly open-plan, there’s a nice flow to the living space, and it all feels very serene. These woods, just off Bellona Avenue, were the site of an 18th century grist mill owned and operated by the three Bowen brothers, and part of a larger, 200 acre tract called Samuel’s Hope. They are still pristine, and the nearly 10 acres that come with this house have been professionally landscaped by Kurt Bluemel with paths for woodland walking.
Where: The end of Bowen Mill Road, a private feeling cul-de-sac with a convenient circular turn around, just off of Bellona as you head down the hill from Charles Street to Graul’s Market. Behind the few, well-spaced homes lies the densely wooded tract once owned by the Bowen brothers. It’s a great location — not far from downtown, but lots of nature (and county taxes).
Would Suit: Nature lovers who’re not going to get spooked by a few geese in the swimming pool.
Why: Morning birdsong.
Why Not: Morning birdsong.
NB: Skinny dipping and off-lead dog walking here a real possibility.