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Nepenthe Homebrew Moving from Woodberry to Hampden, Expanding to Serve Beer and Food

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The planned new location for Nepenthe Brewing Co. on Falls Road.

After experiencing two floods in four years, the owners of Nepenthe Homebrew are changing locations and expanding.

On The Market In Cockeysville: Bulldog Creek, The House That Bail Bonds Built, Or At Least Renovated

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Hot House: 13800 Falls Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030

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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

Landmark For Sale: Stone Mill Worker House In Rockland Village

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Hot House: 10110 Falls Road, Rockland Village, Brooklandville, MD. 21093

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Historic stone house, attached, circa 1820, with new cedar shake roof. Recent renovation. One bedroom, two baths over 1,488 sq. ft. Large living room with custom built-ins, hardwood floors, and Butler stone fireplace. Custom kitchen. Skylight loft bedroom with luxury master bath, walk-in closet, dressing room. Landscaped perennial garden with irrigation system: $339,000

Found, In Lutherville: What Everybody Wants In A House Lately

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Hot House: 11207 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD 21093

 Traditional style brick and wood frame house on private road, circa 1957, all systems updated and well maintained. 4 bedrooms, 5 baths over three levels, 5,322 sq. feet plus 1,300 sq. ft. partially-finished basement. First floor master suite, large kitchen with breakfast room, granite counters, s/s appliances, dining room, large living room and family room both with fireplace, den, wine cellars. Swimming pool and hot tub with bluestone surround, mature plantings, English boxwood garden, stone hardscaping, on six private acres. 8’ deer fence. Two-car attached garage with separate garage/studio: $1,600,000

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What: According to realtors, the number one most-sought-after item for home buyers lately is a first floor master suite. Nine out of 10 best-selling house plans for 2013 have a FFMS, according to Builder magazine online. In East Hampton NY, where they know a thing or two about home buying trends, realtor Bruce Pellman pointed out in January that “If a seller wants to get close to the asking price, he better have a first-floor master suite. Unless they are very young buyers, people with money are thinking ‘I don’t want to be climbing stairs in 10 years’.”

In this house, you won’t need to climb the stairs. Down a long quiet hall to the right of the entrance foyer, well away from the main house, is an enviable  first floor master suite. Spacious and light, it’s big windows look over the rolling back lawn. There are huge closets and a luxurious master bath with separate shower and toilet. Laundry is down here too, accessible but hidden. In fact, the whole house is designed for easy living, and the FFMS is just part of it.

Big, sunny rooms flow sensibly in to other big, sunny rooms, and most have a view out the back to distant woods or pool garden. The grounds are beautiful, and beautifully maintained. Really nice stonework. There’s a covered back porch for watching the sunset. Large as the house is, it doesn’t ramble. It feels tight and tidy – a good house for travelers who want minimal house worries while they’re away in Palm Beach.

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Where: Although the address is Falls Road, 11207 is at least a quarter mile from Falls, down a winding private road — a sign says Woodward, and the entrance is across Falls Road from St. Paul’s School. It’s a pretty enclave of houses, just glimpsed through the tall trees, all with acres of landscaped ground. An air of quiet luxury reigns, there’s no noise other than the birds. And yet, Greenspring Station is a half-mile down the hill, and from there, access to I83 goes south into the city or north to PA. Joppa Road takes you over to Towson. Hard to improve on this location if you want a private country setting.

Why: FFMB gives lots of living options for a luxury home. Guests, adult children, in-laws, disabilities can all be gracefully accommodated with no inconvenience.

Why Not: You’re going to need a ride-on lawn mower ….

Would Suit: Active family — but equally early retirees and people with more than one house.

NB: Famous Oriole lives nearby.

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3,000 Miles Off Course: Icelandic Pink Footed Geese On Falls Road. Looking For Ruxton?

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The Pink Footed Goose lives and mates in Iceland and winters in northern Europe, so Baltimore bird watchers on Sunday were delighted and amazed to see two pink footed geese joining their Canadian cousins grazing in a field on the old Johnson estate on Falls Road. “An awesome regional rarity” said a post on Maryland and DC Birding.

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Spotted earlier at Quarry Lake, the pink footed geese were attracting a crowd of bird watchers Sunday afternoon on Falls Road, getting a first hand glimpse before the approaching snowstorm threatened to scare them off. One birder explained that their presence here is an example of “mirror migration,” in which the birds make a navigational mistake, heading the right number of miles — say 3,000 — in the wrong direction. Happens to the best of us.

There’s a New Mill in Town: Living On the Jones Falls

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Hot House: Mill No. 1, 3000 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211

Repurposed brick cotton mill, circa 1873, with views over the Jones Falls.  Eighty-four luxury apartments,  850-1,500 sq. ft.   Studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms – some with lofts – and two 3 bedroom penthouses. Includes fitness center, infinity pool overlooking the river, two restaurants, office space, garage parking, building manager in residence:  $1,200 to $3,000/mo.

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What: David Tufaro’s team at Terra Nova Ventures has (mostly) completed its much-anticipated renovation of historic Mill No. 1, and it’s now open for business. One of several textile-producing mills built along the Jones Falls in the nineteenth century, Mill No.1 spans the river, two buildings connected by an enclosed bridge. A second, open ironwork bridge has been added.  It’s a dramatic setting, and Tufaro, together with Ellicott City architects Alexander Design Studio (who designed the Roland Park Library addition) has taken full advantage of it.  The design makes the most of every inch of river frontage.  The restaurants, one of which is likely to be Donna’s, will have outdoor terraces above the Jones Falls. There’s a plan for an environmental classroom, to make use of the Falls as a teaching tool for school children.  Residents have prime water views from public areas, including the infinity pool, as well as from many of the apartments.  The river itself has been cleaned up and replanted for several hundred feet along the shoreline, with a $100,000 grant from Baltimore City  –part of an effort to improve the Jones Falls basin. A great blue heron makes his home here.

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Inside the factory, the industrial aesthetic as been nicely done and ‘locally sourced’. The old pine floors are polished, but scars and burns from factory equipment remain.  Huge wooden beams crisscross the ceilings, and many of the wooden surfaces — shelving, countertops and furniture – have been crafted from heavy building timbers. Local artisans were used whenever possible.  Each of the 84 apartments is a little different, because builders had to work around the iron support columns used in the factory. The quirkiness of the building includes some lovely architectural details  — like the extra-deep window sills throughout. Although the apartments are not large considering the scale of the building, they feel luxurious, with dark woods and high grade finishes. There is a large and beautiful third floor common room, with a kitchen, farm tables and television, for larger gatherings.  Currently the building is 60% leased and occupied, with tenants moving in ‘every day’.

Where: Mill No. 1 is on the west side of Falls Road, about a half mile south of Birroteca, across from the Mill Centre. There’s an entrance directly into the parking garage from Falls Road, and a driveway behind the building, accessed though a second entrance. A crosswalk across Falls Road will soon make it safer to take a stroll up Chestnut Street into Hampden.  You can hear the waterfall through the trees, but tempting as it is to get out and hike the river, there are no walking trails here. Bicycle’s sweep down Falls Road, though — residents  can and do bike to work downtown, and there’s also a trail entrance nearby at the Steiff Silver building on Wyman Park Drive. Your nearest grocery shopping here is at the 41st Street Giant, just 1. 2 miles away. The Avenue in Hampden is even closer.

Why: Historic charm. Industrial river valley makes for a unique setting. Not everyone wants to be in Canton.

Why Not: Parking has potential to be a problem. But you’ll have your free spot – why worry?

Would Suit: Young and fancy free – average age of the tenants is 34.

NB: Other than a great-looking sign on I83, Mill No. 1 is not doing much advertising. Information and photos are on their Facebook page.

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Former CEO’s Country Estate on Falls Road in Idyllic Setting

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Hot House: 11530 Falls Road, Sparks, MD.

Colonial style wood frame over brick farm house, circa 1853, wrapped with porches, set on a slight rise. 5,642 sq. ft. over three stories with finished basement.  6 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, with swimming pool, veranda, three car garage, 9’ ceilings, mudroom, hardwood floors, fireplaces: $1,795,000

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