Whether through skylights or multi-paned windows, sunlight streams into this Monkton home. Nearly every window has a view of Baltimore County's hunt country, and the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club events run through or behind the property every fall.
The house and its setting offer a respite from the city. Yet, "it's definitely a home, it's not an estate," said owner Susan Boone.
"We use every single room," she said. That includes a two-bathroom master suite, an office with a semicircle of window seats, an expansive dining room with deep molding and a kitchen-family room area where all parties seem to hover.
For 14 years, she and her husband, Gordon, raised their children there. As the boys near their high-school graduations, the couple want to downsize.
"It's just the right time. They're going off to college," she said.
On one side, the house has a patio convenient to the kitchen. On the other, it overlooks a 1.25-acre pond with a floating dock as well as a patio with a kidney-shaped pool. The water draws wildlife, including geese and ducks that nest on the island, and a visiting heron.
About the house --Built in 1938, the house has been modernized. The Boones turned the attic into a rec room with five skylights and transformed the space above the garage into a carpeted gym. Downstairs, they remodeled the kitchen, including removing a wall so that the kitchen opens into a beaded pine-paneled family room. They moved the laundry room from the basement to the second floor, updated plumbing and added zoned central air-conditioning.
Topping the breezeway that connects the house to the two-car garage is a deck, making it a quick walk from the master bedroom directly into the gym above the garage.
On the property is a five-stall barn, though the Boones don't keep horses. "We used to find horseshoes everywhere out there," Gordon Boone said.
Address --15345 Manor Road, Monkton, 21111
Asking price --$2,399,000
Size --The house has more than 8,000 square feet of living space and sits on about 11 acres.
Features --The house has six bedrooms and four full bathrooms. Built when servants quarters were a consideration in large houses, it has two staircases from the main to second floor, one from the foyer and the other from the kitchen. Floors are heart of pine and oak. The kitchen includes maple cabinetry and pantries, Corian countertops and upgraded appliances. The island, topped with marble, has breakfast seating and a beverage center.
Warming the house is zoned, oil-fired, radiant heat; the gym has separate electric baseboard heating. The stove, pool and hot water are heated by propane. Wood-burning fireplaces are in the family room and living room.
Listing agent --Karen Hubble Bisbee, Hubble Bisbee Real Estate Group of Coldwell Banker, 443-838-0438.
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