In a world of luxuriously appointed estate homes, one stone-fronted dwelling that expands to four levels stands out from the crowd.
The 12,000-square-foot Cockeysville home not only offers the elegant extras one expects in such estates, but has an individual flair.

“The exterior stonework is lovely and gives the home charm and uniqueness,” said listing agent Georgeanna Garceau, Garceau Realty, Bel Air.

The rich interior full of high-end features and large, private lot makes the home ideal for a host of discerning buyers, said owner Craig Reich. Plus the home allows easy access to Baltimore and other urban areas.

“You feel like you’re a million miles away from Baltimore but you’re downtown in 15 minutes,” said area business owner John Liberatore.

Highlights of this energy-friendly home, which has a geothermal system, include a first floor with a curved wooden staircase, two-story foyer and master suite with spacious bedroom, sitting room and airy marble-floored bathroom with cherry cabinets.

Appliances in the hardwood-floored kitchen, with granite countertops, custom cabinetry and tray ceiling, are top-of-the-line: A six-burner island Wolf cooktop, Sub-Zero fridge with separate chilling trays and Miele dishwasher.

The new owner and visitors will relax in style in a two-story great room with stone fireplace (one of five) that soars to a coffered ceiling. Palladian windows overlook the patio, pool and backyard.

The separate in-law suite with elevator adds two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, living room and private balcony. An au-pair apartment with bedroom, bath and laundry room extends off the kitchen.

Those who frequently entertain may especially enjoy the lower level which contains a movie theater with 120-inch screen, rec room, wet bar, exercise room and full bath. Steps descend to a rubber-floored indoor sport court where the Reichs’ kids play basketball and roller hockey. They stash their go-carts in an adjacent garage, one of five.

Sitting on a corner of the property is a renovated 100-year-old tenant or guest house.

The many features and options of the home ensure that it will work well for any one of a host of discerning buyers said Reich.

“People who keep horses, a car collectors needing multiple garages and those who don’t want to be far away from anything” are among those who would live well in this house, he said.

  • Property: 1730 Gardiner Road, Cockeysville (Baltimore County)
  • Description: This seven-bedroom stone home with nine full baths and two powder rooms on four levels sits on 40 acres in Cockeysville. It has five fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen and a pool off one of two patios. An indoor sport court is on one of two lower levels. 
  • List Price: $3.475 million
  • Contact: Listing agent Georgeanna Garceau, Garceau Realty, 303 S. Main St., Bel Air 21014. Phones: 410-803-0714 (office); 410-227-5738 (cell). Web site: E-mail: