Tucked into the mountainside – just outside Frederick, Maryland – this extraordinary home is one in a million!

I, like so many of you these days, have been dreaming of an isolated escape from the crowds, the city, even life in general sometimes. When my sister, realtor Margaret Koogle, called me about one coming on the market, I almost leapt with excitement!

The entrance to the driveway of this hidden gem is almost invisible – just a humble black mailbox tucked discreetly along a break in the guardrail along US40/West Patrick Street extended. The winding, rustic drive leads you up, through the woods, till you see the stunning peak of this custom A-frame log home. The architect-designed, custom home has graced magazine pages, and requires almost zero maintenance – just unlock the impressive front door, and be immersed in the warmth and beauty of this wooded home.

Here’s a tour. Have fun dreaming (or planning…). Katherine and I had a blast staging this one. I’ll post some before and afters soon.

The entryway makes you feel like you’re entering a Tyrolean chalet. Extraordinary craftsmanship in the stone and wood work.
The scale of the main living space is breathtaking! The pictures don’t do justice to the sense of BEING in the woods. This photo was taken looking out from the immense stone fireplace that spans from the finished basement straight up through the house. In fact the fireplace was built first, and then the house constructed around it.
Here’s a shot of the back of the immense, hand-built stone fireplace – I love how it creates a complete stone wall in the dining room. This photo is taken from the dining area which opens onto the rear deck, the kitchen, and steps down into the main living area. I love that this home is a genuine open plan, yet still retains the sense of purposeful spaces. Also, don’t miss the railings above the kitchen area – that the mezzanine, which connects to every living space in the home. It’s wood-planked ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the rear of the house make it the perfect hang out space.
There are 5 bedrooms (and 4 bathrooms) in this generous home. The master is tucked under the slanted roof of the log chalet side of the home – it’s a comfortable distance from all the activity of the home, and spans the entire depth of the house – about 30′ wide. It’s the largest bedroom in the house, but the others all have stunning views like this one does. Plus one of the first floor bedrooms has a wood-planked ceiling and direct access to the rear deck. I’d be tempted to choose that one – or maybe it’s the ultimate home office. Hmmm…..
There’s sweeping decks on the front and rear of the house. This is the front deck, which is accessed directly from the main living room with it’s massive stone fireplace on one end, and this wall of custom doors on the opposite side. Wouldn’t you just love to spend your winter here – sipping cocoa by the fire, watching the leaves, and then the snow fall on your deck? Heaven.

Here’ s the link to the full listing. It’s a steal at $595,000! So jump on it quickly if you’re interested.

Thanks for reading,