Picture a house magnificently perched on a hill in Cockeysville with windows overlooking a garden oasis in the foreground and, beyond, a rippling one-acre lake. There is not another house as far as the eye can see from the top of a stone staircase leading off the home's large deck and winding along an alpine garden path to a swimming pool and gazebo. The path continues onto a stone bridge over a cascading stream with a 17-foot drop over waterfalls sliding toward a pond.
Beyond the pebble path, a fanciful teahouse rises up from a grassy plain. The path around the lake reveals an island on which sits a massive 110-year-old threadleaf Japanese maple tree and continues through an arboretum weaving in and out of cherry trees. The trip around the lake ends in a wisteria-covered arbor and a boardwalk over the shallow part of the lake where water-loving plants flourish. The path has come full circle back to the main house. The word "Shangri-la" with all its palpable beauty comes to mind.
"We found the home [style] we were looking for featured in a book called 'Alpine Country Homes' in [Garmisch-Partenkirchen], Bavaria, Germany," said David Hungerford, who owns the house and recently placed it on the market.
Construction on the custom-built home began in 1984 using material imported from Germany and France. "In 1991, we started thinking of a second vacation home, but working long hours as a surgeon, the travel to and from a vacation home posed a barrier.
"We decided to short-circuit the travel by converting the back of our 14 acres into its own vacation property. This has been our little paradise for 27 years."
A 29-foot wooden balcony can be accessed from three of the four second-story bedrooms, while the master suite on the first level features a private hall entry, sliding doors to a hot tub deck and chestnut French doors that open onto a sitting room featuring a back-lit, interior stained glass window. The first level also boasts an oversized arch entry door of mahogany that has been hand-carved in a tree of life design.
Three more archways access the living room with a step-up to the dining room where two double atrium doors access an exterior deck. From the dining room there is access to the family room with a cedar ceiling and hand-hewn, 19th-century chestnut beams, as well as to the large kitchen with beamed ceilings and custom oak cabinetry.
A crafts/sewing room and laundry room also occupy the first level, along with a family room and a study with oak wainscoting, crown molding and a triple window with an arched transom.
The home's lower level showcases a walk-in wine closet with shelving and wine racks, a recreation room with cedar paneled walls, a fireplace with a raised hearth and a hand-hewn,19th-century beam mantel. There is also a darkroom here which includes a photo lab sink. An exercise room, a full-sized bath and a utility/storage room complete the lower level.
A two-car finished garage contains storage shelving. The grounds include a lighted tennis court and a circular drive at the main entry and parking areas. The home sits on 14.4 scenic acres in the gated Pot Spring community.
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Address: 10715 Pot Spring Road, Cockeysville 21030
Asking price: $2,399,000
Size: 6,419 square feet
Listing Agent: Nancy Hubble, Hubble Bisbee Group, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 443-841-1235