Ultra-Modern Hideaway in the Greenspring Valley

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HOT HOUSE: 8101 Greenspring Avenue, Pikesville, MD 21208

Uber-stylish contemporary in stone and stucco, on 5+ wooded acres in the Greenspring Valley. Geothermal heating and cooling, heated infinity pool, sophisticated security, lighting music and electrical systems. Five bedrooms, 5 and a half baths, 7,200 sq. ft.. 2-car attached garage, 2-4 car detached garage, fire pit, multilevel outdoor entertaining areas, rain curtain, and extensive rare plantings: $3.35 million

What: Silo Point developer Pat Turner and his wife Jeanine built this house from 2004 to 2007, with all the funds, style and expertise at their disposal. It has been featured in Home and Design Magazine, local glossy magazines and many television commercials. Now they’re leaving for a new project in St. Thomas and it’s for sale, an ultra-modern classic that evokes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, both in siting and in incorporation of natural materials.

It’s hard to know where to start. The waterfall with a bridge? The long, sleek, deeply stylish kitchen? The master dressing room closet and bath – with custom-designed drawers for every conceivable need, all hidden by seamless maple panels?  How about the dog-washing room, with custom sink, ramp and spray attachment? Indoor and outdoor fire pits?  Maybe the butt glazed windows?  (Whatever they are…couldn’t resist.)

Every appliance, every industrial railing, every retractable window screen, every natural wood element is top grade – count on it. The downstairs media lounge, with drop-down projection screen, 12 foot long bar, the giant Viking grill and wet bar outside, the screened in porch,  the rain curtain, it’s all of a piece: high-end design and high-end materials. Architect Christopher Pfaeffle , who works with Turner on all his projects, including Silo Point, has created a sculptural house with an organic nature that perfectly suits its setting.

Fun Fact: The Turners bought the property at auction from the widow of William Van Dersal, former Chief Botanist at the Federal Department of Agriculture and author of many gardening books, including the classic “ Why Does Your Garden Grow?” Mr. Dersal personally planted many acres of this land, and according to Jeanine Turner, “arborists go crazy when they see what’s here.”

Why: Because you can jump from the deck to the pool.

Why Not:  Too scary — you’re low-tech, under-the-radar types who might feel like the house was running you.

Who:  Confident, tech-savvy, environmentally-sensitive hedonist. The lower level equipment room, command central for house systems (including geothermal) is like the bridge of the starship Enterprise – a manly operation.

Where: 695W to Exit 22, Greenspring Avenue. Left off the ramp onto Greenspring Avenue. House is about .4 miles on the right. About 15 minutes from downtown.

Contact: Heidi Krauss Real Property. [email protected]. 401.329.9898


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