A private paradise nestled in the woods

The Baltimore Sun

One gaze from the back porch of this Owings Mills home toward a grove of trees is the clue to the property's name, Walnutwood. There are more than 2 acres of walnut trees where the ground slopes away from the house toward a spring-fed pond.

"The library was built from the walnut trees on this property," said Helen Rockwell, who, with husband Steven Rockwell, owns the home.

The room, part of a decades-old addition to the main house, features paneling, bookcases and beams hewn from walnut timber from the rolling property. A "secret" door from a walnut-paneled wall opens to a breezeway that leads to the pine-paneled den.

A clue to the main house's origins is embedded in the newel post on the staircase: A brass disk commemorates the 1927 centennial celebration of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The house, then new, was moved from the Linthicum area to Owings Mills in 1928 and was soon expanded, Helen Rockwell said.

Captivated 10 years ago by the view from the porches that run across the rear of the home, the couple bought the three-story house and they've been restoring and renovating it since.

In addition to the house, the property includes a five-car garage with a workshop and loft, a three-bedroom guest house, a heated in-ground pool with a bluestone deck and a fenced paddock for horses.

About the house : The house has eight wood-burning fireplaces, five bedrooms, five full baths, one powder room and a greenhouse. First-floor ceilings are just over 10 feet, and most floors are wood.

"It's very private back here," Helen Rockwell said of the cedar-sided house set back from the main road. Deer, foxes and wild turkeys can be spotted behind the house.

The kitchen features a floor with radiant heat, black granite counters over white wood cabinetry, a separate hot water boiler and upgraded appliances that include a two-drawer dishwasher in a mahogany island. Adjacent to the kitchen are a butler's pantry, laundry center and wet bar.

Address: 2919 Caves Road, Owings Mills, 21117

Asking price : $3,995,000

Taxes: $21,375

Size: The house has more than 4,600 square feet of living space. The property totals 42 acres and the Maryland Environmental Trust holds easements on some of the acreage, which prevents its development.

Features: The master suite includes a marble bathroom with a two-sink vanity and a dressing room with built-ins. Two other second-floor bathrooms were redone in honey onyx tile. Third-floor bathrooms are limestone tile.

The house, Helen Rockwell said, "does not lack for closet space." That includes everything from two coat closets near the front door to a wall of closets lining the butler's pantry to large closets in each bedroom.

Listing agent : Diane Donohue, Hubble Bisbee Group of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lutherville, 410-667-5591.

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