1701 Western Run Road, Cockeysville.
Hot House: 1806 stone farmhouse on Western Run Road. 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms, 4500 square feet, plus several tenant houses and a barn and over 26 acres. Asking price: $2.45 million.
What: I love a good old stone house and this historic house on Western Run Road in Cockeysville ticks all the boxes. Like many houses of this era, it was built in spurts. The first section dates from 1806, an additional section was added in 1850, and another wooden section was added at a much later date. For two hundred years, until 1995, it was a working farm, the owners tending to agriculture. The acreage is currently farmed by sharecroppers, so the property is taxed at the lower agricultural rate.
Fortunately, the previous owners of the house have been respectful of its history, and have mostly left it alone, neither adding nor subtracting elements that would ruin its integrity. We hope the new owners will show the same respect!
As you enter the home, you notice the random width wood floors that have stood the test of time and are found throughout the home. The house may have served as a Quaker meeting place and may also have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. There is a living room with one of the house’s four working fireplaces on one side of the entrance hall, and on the other side a dining room with another fireplace. The large kitchen, which could be updated, also has a fireplace and an adjoining veranda.
The second floor features a large master suite, as well as three additional bedrooms. The third floor has two rooms that can be used as bedrooms. But don’t worry about not being able to accommodate all your family and friends in the main house, there are several additional guest or tenant houses.
One of the tenant houses is the old smoking room, which has been converted into a small guest house and is closer to the main house. The other has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a private entrance off Western Run Road. It is located away from the main house and could be used as an income rental property. Scattered over the 26 acres is a large barn, a two car garage which is attached to the barn and a fresh water pond.
Or: Although the zip code is for Cockeysville, it is really closer to Butler. However, all of Hunt Valley’s shops and restaurants are about a 15 minute drive away, as is I-83 into town or into Pennsylvania. There are several small shops in Butler Village, including a delicious cafe!
Final rating: Obviously a property like this does not come on the market very often, in fact the last time it changed hands was in 1995. This is a home for generations who want to leave a inheritance in Maryland. There are myriad opportunities for this property, except perhaps to turn it into a housing estate. The house list is here.