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Sunset Hill: An English Style Country House, Wisteria And All, In Ruxton

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Hot House: ‘Sunset Hill’ 7900 Ruxwood Road, Ruxton, MD 21204

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English country style estate, circa 1931, in stucco and stone with slate roof.  5,775 sq. ft., with 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, 3 fireplaces, recently updated and in virtually perfect condition. Gourmet kitchen/breakfast room/family room with fireplace. Formal living, dining rooms, study, large master suite with spa bath and glass shower, dressing rooms, den, guest suite. Pergola overlooks stone patio, large pool. Poolhouse w his/hers baths. Terraces, sweeping lawn, stonework, specimen trees. Unfinished basement, central a/c, attached two-car garage: $3,495,000

Massive Coastal Hunting Estate: Bohemia Manor Farm

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HOT HOUSE: Bohemia Manor Farm, Chesapeake City, Md.  21915

A 1661 land grant property from Lord Baltimore, Cecil Calvert. Three hundred and sixty-eight tillable acres, waterfowl impoundments, miles of river frontage and stables, brick Georgian manor house built in 1920 and extensively modernized, with 11 bedrooms, five full and three half baths: $11,300,000

 What:  Augustine Herman, noted Czech cartographer, was deeded this property by Lord Baltimore in exchange for creating the first map of the entire Chesapeake Bay coastline. It was part of a larger parcel that included most of the Delmarva Peninsula, and he named it after his homeland of Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia. Herman’s grave is on the property. The farm stayed in the family (Bayard) for many generations, and figures prominently in Maryland history. In 2003 it went out of the family for the first time in 350 years, to Shane Flynn, former vice chairman of MBNA.

A Greenspring Valley Estate That Will Steal Your Heart (and Your Wallet)

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Hot House:  2217 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, 21153

Greenspring Punch — country manor house and estate, circa 1885, with 98 acres and gardens: $4,995,000 

What: The Real Deal. English country house, in cream stucco, with major views, stables, barns and tenant houses in the heart of the Greenspring Valley. Owned since the 1920’s by several generations of the Baetjer family, this is a house you could lose your heart to. Stunning spiral staircase leads to an oval skylight, nine fireplaces, five, six or seven bedrooms (who can count?) , seven full baths, a servant’s wing (!) and every window has a view. Ancient trees, wonderful gardens, vistas, not another house in sight.  Best of all ….”potential for horses, sheep, poultry and other”! 

Where: Greenspring Valley Road – just five minutes from the shops at Greenspring Station and Rt.83– twenty minutes to downtown, but feels like you’re deep in horse country.  

Why: Grand but not grandiose. Your friends will give you credit for more taste than you actually possess. Also, perfect place to channel the ghost of Harvey LaDew.

Why not: Don’t order the racehorses unless you’ve got another million or so to spend. It all needs updating. Kitchen, bathrooms, pool, systems, everything.  Once that’s done, the house is a dream.

Would suit: George Washington, or similar.


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