A brick Colonial in Monkton set on 160 acres with an historic stone guest house sold for $3.1 million in June.
The nearly 7,000-square-foot main house, built in the 1970s but renovated over the years, has four bedrooms, 51/2 baths, five fireplaces, a four-person sleeping porch, a paneled breakfast room, a swimming pool and a five-car garage.
"They did it right when they built it in the 1970s," said Susan Knott, of O'Conor & Mooney Realtors in Lutherville, who was the selling agent for a house that she also owned. She noted that rooms are spacious, with high ceilings, plaster walls and hardwood flooring.
The property, at 2801 Houcks Mill Road, was listed in May for $4.5 million and sold June 1.
Knott and her family purchased the house with a center hall entrance and traditional floorplan in 2001 and completed renovations in 2005. They installed central air conditioning and added several porches, a breakfast room, a mudroom and a courtyard outside.
The master bedroom has been expanded, and all baths were upgraded. The breakfast room has custom-made paneling with secret compartments.
"It was a labor of love," Knott said. "We just kind of brought it up to date."
The house overlooks a spring-fed pond and a meadow, and it features riding trails. The property, like many of the neighboring properties in the heart of Baltimore County's fox hunt country, is protected by a land preservation easement.
A stream runs through the grounds, where an 1830s stone farmhouse has been converted into a three-bedroom guest house.
"Members of our family used that, and two grandchildren were born there," Knott said. "It was a very special place for us and our family."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun