Set on more than 8 acres and with more than 11,000 square feet, this house is the place for a party.
That's one of the things that appealed to homeowners Tim and Meg Evankovich, who bought this Howard County estate a little more than two years ago.
"Tim is an entertainer," Meg says. "We've had 100 to 150 people [over] and you don't get the sardine effect. It's a party house."
The main hallway with its marble squares inset into oak floors and multidimensional framework and moldings connects sprawling wings that provide perfect gathering spaces.
On one side, a large kitchen with an open eating/dining area and a marble-surround, wood-burning fireplace, seems perfect for drawing guests together. Near the center, two separate living rooms - his and hers as the owners see it - offer more space for visitors and lively discussions.
On the far end, a media room with several entertainment options - including a full bar with plentiful seating, a drop-down screen and projector for viewing football games and scattered tables for playing games - is where the family does most of its entertaining. There's even spillover space for partygoers on the cedar deck and brick patio just off the media room.
When the Evankoviches are done entertaining people, they move on to their next best friends: horses.
The couple are selling the house to make way for more of their four-legged companions.
"We are starting a horse training and breeding business," says Meg, adding that they will be moving just up the road to Ellicott City.
About this house --Built in 1993, the house has a two-story atrium that opens onto double spiral staircases leading to the second floor and its five oversized bedrooms. There are many architectural elements, including alcoves on both ends of the main hallway that offer display areas for art collections and a pair of etched glass panels that light up and frame the top of the stairs.
Address --13037 Hall Shop Road, Highland, 20777
Asking price --$2,999,900
Size --The home has about 11,200 square feet and has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-baths. It sits behind an electronic gate on 8.44 acres, including a pond.
Features --For the wine enthusiast, the lower level includes a temperature-controlled wine cellar that holds about 750 bottles. For the sports enthusiast, there's an exercise room inside and a sport court outside for tennis or basketball games. The huge master bathroom offers Italian marble floors and tiles. An in-law suite is on the lower level. There are also four fireplaces and two laundry rooms.
Listing agent --Creig Northrop, Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., 410-531-0321 or 443-535-8000.