Close-knit despite the acreage

Local,Sarah E. Moran
To catch the holiday vibe, neighbors of Baldwin’s Kimberly subdivision hold an annual Christmas luncheon at a resident’s home.

It’s emblematic of what Natalie MacLean called her “close-knit community, even though houses sit on lots from two to 12 acres.”

MacLean lives at 42 Lauren Knoll Court in this Baltimore County neighborhood with husband Ken and their family in a brick home now listed for $1.6 million.

On a quiet cul-de-sac, the MacLeans’ 12-year-old house “is shielded from the street by mature trees,” she added.

Enter via a two-story foyer with gleaming maple floor (these floors continue throughout the house) and sparkling brass chandelier with convenient lowering switch for easy cleaning. Huge Andersen bay windows in both living and dining rooms face the front yard.

The kitchen beyond has a tile floor, granite countertops and 42-inch cherry cabinets as well as top-of-the-line stainless appliances – Thermador six-burner gas stove, Wolf microwave and convection oven, Sub-Zero frig and Asko dishwasher.

The kitchen opens onto a two-story family room with upstairs overlook and “a wall of Palladian windows opening onto the wooded backyard,” said Coldwell Banker listing agent Patricia Swain.

“The flow from one room to another makes the house perfect for parties and family living,” MacLean said.

The second floor contains five of the home’s six bedrooms plus a den/sitting room and walk-in cedar closet. A third-floor bonus room with comfy window seat could double as another bedroom, playroom or office.

The MacLeans redid the basement, turning it into a place where kids and adults alike congregate in the media/rec room, its wet bar adorned with granite counters. There’s also a wine room and spacious exercise room, all with nine-foot ceilings. A sixth bedroom and full bath exits onto a changing room for the in-ground pool and hot tub, surrounded by low-maintenance Trex decking.

A detached two-story brick carriage house with framed-in second story adds three stalls to the four in the attached garage.

Just down Sweet Air Road is what locals call “the four corners” of Jacksonville, a shopping area with a Safeway, shops and restaurants such as Bagelmeister and Strapasta -- popular for steaming bowls of linguine after kids’ sporting events, said neighborhood resident Joanne Hiss.

Then, of course, there’s Wegmans’ first Maryland store -- a mecca for foodies – further down Sweet Air Road in Hunt Valley.

“We waited a long time for Wegmans to finally get here,” Hiss said.

Property: 42 Lauren Knoll Court, Baldwin (Baltimore County)
Description: This 12-year-old brick home has six bedrooms on four floors and sits on four secluded and wooded acres. A heated pool and hot tub outside are surrounded by a huge deck.
List Price:    $1.6 million
Contact: Patricia Swain, Coldwell Banker, 14237 Jarrettsville Pike, Phoenix 21131
Phones: 410-329-2022 (office); 410-790-4272 (cell)
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