Hot property: Custom built Sparks home sits on acres of rolling hills in Baltimore County

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Address: 1000 Cold Bottom Road, Sparks

List Price: $1,289,000


Year Built: 1990

Real estate agent: Larry Snyder of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.


Last sold date: The lot was purchased in 1988 for $91,000.

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Property size: 6 bedrooms with 4 full and 1 half bathrooms and an attached two-car garage plus a detached 4-car carriage house.

Unique features: This custom-built New England-style colonial home with cedar siding, known as “Redbud Ridge” was formerly part of the Bacon Hall farm and overlooks three unrestricted and partially wooded acres amid the rolling hills of northern Baltimore County.

The main house was built in 1990 by its current owners, who expanded their home in 1990 and added the carriage house.

The 6,200-square-foot home includes vintage features like random-width walnut floors, exposed wooden beams, native stone and a handcrafted stairway. There’s an expansive, two-story foyer, while the lodge-style great room and kitchen feature a cathedral ceilings with exposed vintage pine beams that slope down at a dramatic angle, a fireplace made from Butler Stone and oversized windows on three sides.

The master bedroom suite on the main level includes a sitting room with a fireplace, master bath with a separate soaking tub and walk-in shower and tons of closet space. A guest bedroom, one of five additional bedrooms, also has a fireplace. Guests can be housed in the au pair suite with its convenient separate entrance.

The home includes plenty of spaces for outdoor entertaining. The exterior features a large covered porch and deck in addition to spacious brick patios at the rear and side. An upper-level exposed wooden deck connects the main home to the carriage house, which has been outfitted with offices and a full bathroom on the second level.

The landscaping includes a small, pretty fountain nestled in shrubbery and surrounded with stone.