A nat­u­ral beauty in Sparks

Open de­sign with lots of glass brings the charm of the out­doors in­side

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Lisa McLean

Horse barns and coun­try liv­ing on 6.9 acres meld to­gether nicely with a con­tem­po­rary house in Sparks that is on the mar­ket for $995,000.

This two-level mid­cen­tury house with three bed­rooms and two baths was de­signed by lo­cal ar­chi­tect Jim Grieves. It was de­signed to let the beauty of the out­side be en­joyed on the in­side, and the ex­ten­sive use of glass with an open de­sign gives an air of seren­ity to the house.

Dou­ble en­try doors lead to a slate foyer. A nearby slid­ing glass door gives ac­cess to an open atrium with a sunken gar­den that can be seen from the other rooms in the house. Ad­ja­cent to the foyer is the liv­ing room fea­tur­ing a cedar tongue ceil­ing with beam trusses and tri­an­gu­lar lunette win­dows. These ceil­ings are re­peated in nearly ev­ery room of the home.

There are three fire­places, in the liv­ing room, family room and the kitchen. Hard­wood floors are found through­out the main level.

The din­ing room ad­joins the liv­ing room and has the same vaulted wood ceil­ings and beams, and doors to the atrium. The kitchen has hard­wood cab­i­nets, gran­ite coun­ter­tops and a break­fast bar. A sky­light al­lows for even more out­door light into the area. The kitchen also has stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances.

A stone chim­ney fea­tures promi­nently in the family room. Slid­ing doors lead to an ex­te­rior deck. A small den off the foyer has a brick fire­place, as well as a beamed ceil­ing with a ceil­ing fan.

The three bed­rooms are on the main floor. The mas­ter bed­room suite has cream­col­ored car­pet­ing, a slanted roof, a large pic­ture win­dow and a glazed door to the pa­tio. The bath­room has tile floors, a glass shower door, a heated towel rack and a mar­ble tile wall that sep­a­rates the shower from the toi­let. The two other bed­rooms have the wood-beam vaulted ceil­ings and share a full bath­room.

The lower level has a car­peted recre­ation room, and a laun­dry room with washer and dryer.

The prop­erty has an in-ground pool de­signed to look like a nat­u­ral pond. Boul­ders and a rock gar­den sur­round the pool and fea­tures blue­stone deck­ing.

“I’ll never for­get the first time I saw the pool,” said J.L. Polovoy, list­ing agent for Hub­ble Bis­bee Group, Christie’s In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tate, Long and Fos­ter. “It was a true oa­sis.”

The land­scap­ing is sim­ple but el­e­gant. On the prop­erty is a four-stall barn for horses with a tack room, wash stall and a nearby large fenced-in rid­ing ring with a run-in shed, as well as ad­di­tional pas­tures and a pad­dock. Other ameni­ties in­clude a gar­den and trac­tor shed and a heated garage bay.


A fire­place of­fers com­fort in the liv­ing room. There are also fire­places in the family room and kitchen.

A four-stall barn in­cludes a tack room and wash stall.

An in-ground pool has been de­signed to look like a nat­u­ral pond.

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