Skylit retreat has indoor pool

Desirable Spaces

June 01, 2008|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,Sun reporter

Pools are a popular feature of summertime, but what if you could swim year-round in 80-degree temperatures in your own home?

Paul and Mary Clark can.

Their house in Monkton has a 40-foot indoor pool with a waterfall, all in a climate-controlled environment.

A wall of large, picture-glass windows and four skylights bathe the room in a combination of sunlight and sky. The first-floor master bedroom suite opens onto the pool area.

"You can hear that waterfall all night," says Paul Clark who, along with his wife, bought the house about five years ago from the original owners, who custom-built the house in 2001 as a Tuscan-style retreat.

Mary Clark decorated the entire house on her own, using the Southwestern influences of her upbringing, but she says the space's open-floor plan makes it suitable for a variety of styles.

"It can be anything you want it to be," she says.

For the Clarks, it has been a quiet retreat from the city without being too far away. Although it has a rural setting with views of horse farms, the couple has found the commute quite reasonable.

"We can get to the airport in 44 minutes - we timed it," Paul Clark says. "To the train station in 23 minutes." And to Wegmans in 10 minutes, adds Mary Clark.

The Clarks, who are relocating to Connecticut for work, will miss the house. "It's so quiet out here," says Mary Clark.

About the house --The wide plank oak floors throughout the main floor give it a rustic feel. The oak door trim and millwork match the floors.

The great room has a large stone fireplace with a mantel made of reclaimed wood from a Civil War-era property.

The kitchen is modern with tumbled marble countertops, maple cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances. A large breakfast bar adds seating and an alcove holds a built-in desk. A butler's pantry in the dining area has glass-front maple cabinets and unique wooden plank countertops.

The Clarks say it's a great place to have over their friends and family.

"We do a lot of entertaining. We've had sit-down dinners for 25 people here," says Mary Clark.

Address --3026 Shepperd Road, Monkton 21111

Asking price --$869,907

Taxes --$9,966

Size --The house is 4,675 square feet and sits on 1.47 acres.

Features --The house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master bedroom features a room-sized closet that is large enough to serve as a dressing or sewing area. The master bathroom is a large, octagonal shape with dual sinks and tumbled marble counters.

An oak and wrought-iron stairway leads to a second-floor area with two bedrooms and a bathroom and a reading nook on the landing.

The Clarks have finished the lower level, which the previous owner used for a business. When they bought the house, the only way to enter the basement was through the garage. The Clarks added a wooden spiral staircase off the foyer to give access to the lower level from the main floor of the home.

The lower level has a family room, office and guest bedroom with a full bath.

Listing agent --Heidi Krauss, Krauss Real Property Brokerage, Hunt Valley, 410-329-9898,

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