Dreaming of a private sanctuary, water, woodlands, wildlife--serenity-- magically a stone's throw from work & civilization? Total privacy with accessibility. This is all that and more****L'Aquila Farms is a magnificent and truly unique, gated estate house and farm of 61 acres in a private park-like setting.****The original stone farmhouse was built in 1852. The house has been expanded and enlarged over the years by several creative and innovative owners and architects. Now over 8000 square ft. the present combination of rustic and modern styles is very compelling****Using old stone and vintage chestnut beams, floor to ceiling windows & three fully-lined stone fireplaces, the result is breathtaking and architecturally perfect. The enormous central hearth and chimney are fantastic features. using high ceilings and low, the effect is both grand & comfortable. The house is filled with light and warmth. There are high open spaces & dim secret areas, creating a sense of largeness & coziness in one spacious yet accessible house****It has recently been renovated to bring everything up to the highest standards. The house now has all new thermo-pane Anderson windows & skylights, new Hardie-plank siding, a new architectural grade shingle roof & a chef's kitchen.****A new spacious screened porch off the master bedroom looks out over the pond, paddocks, and forest. New systems, furnaces, pumps & water heaters etc. have been installed throughout the house. A new, stone pillared electronic gate at the entrance increases privacy with a sense of style. Fios & a large whole house generator help create the feeling of being away from it all, while still connected to the world at large****As you enter through the gate and wind down the long, long paved driveway, you can feel it right away. This property has been meticulously planned planted & maintained for 150 years. All manner of trees abound. Wildlife is everywhere. By the time you get to the house and outbuildings, it will take your breath away****There are 3 ponds & a stream, all nestled against the Liberty Reservoir Preserve.Step across your property line into 9200 acres of fishing, bird watching and trails to hike or horseback ride. Or just fish, hunt, ride & hike on your own property. It's hard to imagine that you are within 30 minutes of BWI, Hunt Valley or Downtown Baltimore. All this in a location where your security, tranquility & privacy are perfectly protected****This highly versatile estate is ideal for family entertaining & relaxing. Perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle and an extraordinary aesthetic. A Getaway, a Hideaway or a Showcase. It has a large swimming pool, a tennis court with pagoda & night lighting, a 4+ car garage, a guest cottage, an Amish built 4 stall post-and-beam bank barn, a 3800 square foot pole barn with cement flooring and drainage and nearly 20 acres of fenced pastures with 3 run-in-sheds, automatic watering & electricity****Car collector (bank barn)? Horse or alpaca lover? Organize event or want to throw a lot of parties? Want to grow your own crops? All with unparalleled privacy? This is your dream home!****The combination of rolling hills, views from high & low, forests, pastures, ponds and streams make this estate singularly exceptional. This home is neither a photo or a video. It's really not like any other property. It ia 3 dimensional experience that must be entered to be understood. Birdsong and wild turkeys, green hills & bubbling streams, grazing animals, free range pets, sledding, hiking, swimming, biking, tennis, soccer, fishing, whatever you love, all on your own gloriously private property.*************and, of course, they made a Tom Selleck movie here. But that's a story for another day...******************************************PLEASE VIEW THE BREATHTAKING AERIAL TOUR OF THE PROPERTY... under the movie camera icon above the photo in the upper left!!!*** or watch this link****** https://vimeo.com/270252477
Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.