Seclusion and privacy coupled with
the delight of nature with easy access to civilization. Exotic birds, bald eagles and egret complement the view. Immediate view and direct access to Patapsco Valley State Park make this a special and safe place for the entire family. With a great community at arms length, and within minutes to all major highways, this treasured site was the winner of the 2008 Landmark Preservation award through Baltimore County. A remarkable, one of a kind, custom built, estate park property, it is seated on a granite and quartz cliff, located in the historic Avalon area of southwest Baltimore County. History buffs can claim a lone Civil War gun battery that sits along the drive. With hundred year old trees, overlooking 15,000 acres of parkland along the Patapsco River Valley, it is comprised of self sustaining low maintenance gardens, terraces, trails, with a fruit-bearing orchard. This is a true treehouse! Within minutes of all major thoroughfares, BWI airport and AMTRAK station, the home has incredible access. Surrounded by water on three sides: the Patapsco River in front, and a private stream that wraps around the back. The main property is supported by a series of repurposed handmade brick and granite walls (appraised >$1M value in masonary) surrounded by forest and gardens. Flagstone and concrete walkways modernize the exterior. A pergola flanked grape arbor shades blueberries and four season gardens designed by the owner (a master gardener and award winning vintner) offer both formal and naturalscapes that require little work. Reviewed by internationally renowned feng shui expert, Hope Gerecht, Avalon Cliff was noted to be a 'wonderful place to live'. The front main entrance is West facing for view of amazing sunsets.
Granite steps and an iron gate welcome you to the restored property which boasts a three floor granite and cedar shake main house with a full footprint cellar; a two story au pair/guesthouse; a 1½ story boathouse; a heated potting shed; a single story summerhouse, open air loggia, and below ground barn. There is a bonus ground level 2nd laundry, and 1/2 bath/changing room off a heated double car garage suited perfectly for use after a swim in the spa.
Ideal for entertaining, there are abundant open and covered outdoor spaces and a parking lot that accommodates 10+ cars. The property is located on a private lane at the very end of the road. Great neighborhood! Perfect compound for multigenerational living!!
The builder, Sylvan Clayton repurposed the granite, brick and timber from the ruins of the 18th century town of Avalon specifically the church and school to build the main house for his family. As a result of these unique and repurposed materials, the property is deemed historic by Baltimore County.
"The estate at 309 Gun Road designated as 'Avalon' by the Baltimore County Final Landmarks List original No. 230 (228) by vote of the County Council (Bill No. 116-03) is comprised of several buildings on the historic approximately four–acre property. This estate was delineated as an historic environmental setting in County Council District #3."
Note: this property holds its own URL, and Twitter accounts which can convey to the new owners.
This property is a Baltimore County Landmark. This designation protects the integrity of the property as well as offers owners tax relief when approved repairs are required. Interior changes may also qualify for tax credits if they meet the approval of the county.
Total Acreage: 3.64
More than 6000 square feet of enclosed space; 10+ ft ceilings