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The Baltimore Sun

A sweeping staircase leading to a ballroom and stage. A stone terrace overlooking a sparkling pool. Plus a billiards room, two family rooms and six fireplaces.

There's living large, and then there's living grand.

The 12,000-square-foot home of Dr. Donald E. Wilson and his wife, Patricia, is an excellent example of the latter. The couple live in Green Spring Valley, which is known for its estate-sized homes, but the Wilson house, which took two years to build, is significant for its features and design.

"Everything is like a mirror image," says Patricia, explaining that the two family rooms are duplicates of each other on different levels. Same for the opposite wing, where the exercise suite on the lower level mirrors the master suite above.

The Wilsons raised a family in the home during Donald's 15-year tenure as dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He recently retired and the couple is downsizing.

"When we built [the house], all three of our kids and my mother were here," Patricia says. "Every room was spoken for, but now it's just us."

Noting the tradition in the area of giving houses names, the couple call their home "Kawiya Manor," a reference to a Native American word.

About the house --Custom-built by Schultz Builders, the house is notable for its size and scale. Situated along a private, tree-lined driveway off Park Heights Avenue in Green Spring Valley, the home is on 3 acres. The front entry is elegant, but the rear of the home provides the most impressive view: an arching terrace that opens to a swimming pool in a private, wooded setting.

Inside, a marble-floored foyer leads to a living area, where a black-and-white marble mantel above a fireplace distinguishes the room.

On the main level, the white kitchen with its washed wood floors is complemented by a black leather sectional sofa in the open family room. An octagonal area leads to the library and the first-floor master suite, which has a television cleverly hidden behind a two-way mirror and French doors leading to a secluded patio.

The second level offers spacious bedrooms in two wings, each with its own bathroom and an upstairs entertainment area. The lower level includes a grand ballroom for entertaining, along with a catering kitchen and second family room.

Address --10515 Burnside Farm Road, Green Spring Valley area of Baltimore County

Asking price --$4.5 million

Taxes --$27,081

Size --The house has more than 12,000 square feet and features eight bedrooms, eight full baths and four half-baths. It sits on 3 acres.

Features --The house and property include a master suite with his-and-hers bathrooms; patio terrace and pool; ballroom with stage and parquet floors; billiards room; catering kitchen; sauna and walk-in steam shower; library; five wood-burning fireplaces and one gas fireplace; four laundry rooms; cedar-lined clothes closets; and a four-car garage.

Listing agent --Gayle Briscoe, 410-480-1314 (office) or 443-220-4003 (cell), Coldwell Banker

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