By By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun
May 14, 2014 | 6:25 PM
Sitting on a crest overlooking the Gunpowder Falls in northern Baltimore County, 1337 Blue Mount Road in Monkton is a contemporary beauty constructed of cedar.
"There's both a cleared area and woods sitting on 27 acres of land," said listing agent Lynn Plack with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "In the winter, you can see the river sparkling through the trees."
Within almost 8,000 square feet of living space, the home — with an understated, contemporary barn feel perfect for its country setting — has two levels with seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room.
Built for a more casual living style, the home's large yet traditionally designed areas are functional as well as grand.
"A lot of buyers complain about houses having all these rooms they are not going to use," Plack said . "People just don't need formal spaces anymore."
A large slate foyer opens to a 39-by-20-foot great room. At both ends of the room sit Rumford fireplaces, common in the late 18th century and the first part of the 19th century because their tall and shallow construction produces more heat.
A kitchen with attached dining room features a breakfast bar and an island, both with granite countertops and custom cherry cabinets. A Wolf commercial-grade range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a custom copper range hood are a few of the features found here.
Also on the main level — which has hardwood flooring throughout — is a spacious sunroom.
"I love the screened-in porch off of the master bedroom on the main level," Plack said. "People [who visit] say they would sleep out there."
Four more bedrooms are on the main level, while the lower level contains two bedrooms, a den and a recreation room.
The exterior of the property has been landscaped with blue stone steps, patio and walls. The same stones surround a built-in Lothorian lap pool. A hot tub and koi pond are adjacent to the pool. A full outdoor kitchen is just outside the lower level. The entire exterior package is perfect for entertaining.
"This is a real retreat, a bird-lover's paradise," Plack said. "It's also great for someone who works from home — it's just so peaceful."