Fine views abound in wooded setting

Desirable Spaces

June 22, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun reporter

In 1973, Anita Kaplan knew what she wanted in a custom home on an Owings Mills hillside: "I wanted a lot of open space, not a typical house."

She wanted lots of natural light. And she wanted to take advantage of the wooded lot, allowing it to provide soothing views from indoors and outdoors, as well as provide privacy. She wanted comfortable flow among the rooms for kids as well as for parties. And she wanted it done "in a functional way," she says.

What she got was a contemporary three-bedroom, 2 1/2 -bathroom home designed by architect Alan Glass with floor-to-ceiling glass, sliders to outdoor spaces, views of greenery from every room and built-in conveniences. She also got a house turned sideways so that the most-used areas have the views she wanted and the front door doesn't face the street.

Now, she says, with her children grown, it's time to downsize.

About the house : The 35-year-old house has redwood siding to blend in with the wooded surroundings and rain chains in lieu of gutters.

Upper floors have vaulted ceilings that slope from a height of 16 feet.

A modified split foyer, the home has an eat-in kitchen with a wall of pantry space. Unusual are the cabinets above the eye-level windows that are above the sink. A second, bar-style sink is across the room. The kitchen and dining room have two sets of sliders that open onto a two-level deck.

Half a flight up is the living room, where one wall's centerpiece is a brick wood-burning fireplace flanked by tall windows; another wall's open area overlooks the dining room; and yet another wall has sliders that open onto a porch. Three bedrooms, ceiling-high built-in bookshelves and two full bathrooms are upstairs, and a family room that opens onto the patio is on the lower level.

Address : 6 Bucksway Road, Owings Mills 21117

Asking price : $485,000

Taxes: $4,074

Size : The lot is 0.80 acre. The house has 2,980 square feet of finished space.

Features: Main-level floors are quarry tile, which the owner laid. The living room has an oak floor; floors elsewhere are tiled and carpeted. Lighting throughout is recessed.

The master suite is unusual, in that it has an interior window overlooking the living room and the outdoors, plus a loft that is currently set up as a study. The other two bedrooms form a separate suite that includes two bedrooms, a bathroom and sitting or play room.

The gardens around the home were designed by Wolfgang Ohme. They feature gravel and stone, with devil's walking stick, ornamental grasses and hosta among the greenery. The slope has remained natural, with towering oak, cherry, beech and other trees.

Listing agent : Lorraine C. Treger, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Lutherville, 443-621-7448.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send photos and a description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Questions may be sent to homes@baltsun.com.

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