From the street, 707 Hillstead Drive in Lutherville appears as a lovely Swiss chalet.
Located on more than 2 acres of a tree-filled and manicured lawn, the entrance is lined with rounded evergreens, set at intervals along a flagstone path to a pair of heavy wood doors with multi-paned glass. The half-timber exterior and partial A-frame structure will not disappoint those desiring an Aspen-like mountain ambience.
"This home is like two houses," noted listing agent Cindy Conklin of Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty in Federal Hill. "Each of the two levels has a full kitchen, living area and multiple bedrooms."
Five bedrooms and five full baths are found in the impeccably kept 34-year-old home listed for $1,340,000.
The front entrance opens onto a great room with a centrally placed, three-sided stone fireplace climbing to the top of a beamed cathedral ceiling. The open layout of this main level includes a living and dining room area, a library, den, state-of-the-art kitchen with stainless appliances and ceramic-tile floor. There is also a sun-filled breakfast room.
The master bedroom on the main floor features a pink marble bathroom with heated floors. There are two staircases in the home and a second fireplace in the lower level. Decks off the dining room and master bedroom afford sweeping vistas of the landscaped property and rolling hills of northern Baltimore County.
"You don't feel overwhelmed by the [5,600-square-foot] space, because the proportions and layout are so nice," Conklin said. "The living spaces are clearly defined [and] the lower level is great for grown children."
And, in keeping with a vacation home, an added amenity to the chalet is a lower-level indoor pool, that, according to Conklin, is an "addition, beautifully executed and maintained — a heated room with heated water." Adjacent to the pool on the above-grade lower-level is a three-car garage. Exterior construction is stone, stucco and wood.
Additional amenities include built-in bookcases, steam shower, wood flooring and a security system. Exterior construction is stone, stucco and wood.
"This was the [prior] owners' dream house," Conklin said. "But for them, it was time to downsize and they are actually at the Ritz-Carlton."
Address: 707 Hillstead Drive, Lutherville 21093
Asking price: $1,340,000
Size: 5,600 square feet (interior)
Days on the market: 12
Listing agent: Cindy Conklin and Linda Fredeking, Prudential Homesale YWGC RealtyCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun