HOT HOUSE: 1500 Old Orchard Lane, Ruxton, MD 21204
Wood frame farmhouse, circa 1902, encasing a much older log home. Six bedrooms, four and a half baths on two acres in Ruxton with fenced paddock area and small barn: $1,195,000
This house is like an eccentric old uncle, handsome in a ramshackle way, loaded with charm and full of wacky ideas. You will need to accept him as he his, however, because Bill Nighy will never be George Clooney. From the outside, this is classic old Ruxton — a rambling house with several additions on a very pretty lot. From the top of a sunny rise, it overlooks a large lawn and lower meadow, well landscaped but not manicured. Looks like someone owned a pony here once.
There are many unique features. A second story sun porch is also the master bedroom. The kitchen and room above form an actual log cabin, which was the original house – with giant wooden-beams in the ceiling, log walls and a stone fireplace. Fireplace currently contains a pellet stove, which could (not to say, should) be removed.