The house that ranks as the Baltimore region's priciest sale in August is, in the words of the sellers' real estate agent, "understated" — the sort of home that doesn't smack you in the eye with its high-end glitz.
The four-bedroom home on Golf Course Road West in Owings Mills, which sits on 2 acres near Green Spring Valley Hunt Club's golf course, changed hands for just over $3.1 million.
"It wasn't a McMansion," said Linda Corbin of Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty, the listing agent. "It was an absolutely beautiful, charming, warm, wonderful house that you could feel like you could put your feet up in every room … and be comfortable."
The house had three offers in less than two weeks on the market. Sellers Jeffrey and Natalie Durkee, who built the home in 2006, got $18,000 more than their asking price as a result.
Part of the home's not-in-your-face style comes from its U shape, which makes its 5,700 square feet look less enormous from the outside. But there's a lot packed inside. Besides four bedrooms, the home's features include four full bathrooms, three half-baths, two laundry rooms (one upstairs, one downstairs), a gourmet kitchen, a butler's pantry and a movie theater.
A separate building paired with the in-ground pool has its own living room, bathroom and second-floor space intended for an exercise room or guest bedroom.
Prices for the high-end Green Spring Valley market remain well below their peak in the middle of the last decade, but sales have picked up, Corbin said. That worked out for her clients.
"There were a lot of people looking and wanting to be here, and we were just lucky that our timing was right," Corbin said. "The Green Spring Valley all of a sudden had a surge, and everything had sold. … When we brought it on the market, there was very little competition."