The 8,000-square-foot mansion at Folly Quarter is the centerpiece of the 10-acre property that’s listed for $10 million. (HomeVisit)
Ellicott City estate has ties to a founding father and Pimlico

Folly Quarter, a 54-acre compound with an 8,000-square-foot mansion in Ellicott City, is on the market for $10 million.

The main house, at 3925 Folly Quarter Rd., was built by the owners of the Pimlico Race Track in 1936.

The property — once owned by Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence — includes the manor home, an 1,800-square-foot guest cottage, a caretaker cottage, a 10-stall horse barn, an in-ground pool, a tennis court, a pond, assorted outbuildings, grazing pastures and a trout stream.

The entire property is fenced and has an electronic gate entrance that lead to a brick paving stone driveway lined with Japanese cherry trees. The grounds of the main house include a terrace overlooking the pool and pond, with views of the lawns, gardens and nearby hills.

The Folly Quarter manor house has six bedrooms, five full baths, three half baths and six fireplaces. The home has been designed for entertaining with a gallery hall for receptions, a banquet-size dining room that has hand-milled mahogany walls, and a formal living room with hand-painted canvas walls and pocket doors to a library with floor-to-ceiling wood paneled walls and built-in bookcases.

The mansion’s main level also has a den with a custom-designed media console, a kitchen and breakfast room with skylights, granite counters, a butler’s pantry and high-end appliances. The lower level has a family room with a bar, a fitness room and a guest bedroom.

The master suite includes walls of built-in closets, a walk-in closet, glass paneled doors that open onto a private balcony, a sitting room, a dressing room and a sumptuous bath with polished Carrera marble floors, a jetted tub and a Tiffany glass chandelier.

The estate is listed by Creig Northrop of Long & Foster Real Estate. For more information visit .

Development above I-395 will fill the gap in NW D.C.

Jeffrey Sussman, president of Property Group Partners (PGP), says the new Capitol Crossing project in Northwest Washington will transform the city and reignite neighborhood development in an area that’s been scarred for decades by Interstate 395 cutting through it.

Capitol Crossing, a 2.2 million square foot, multiuse development with office, retail and residential space, will be built above the recessed freeway between Second and Third streets, and E Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Plans for the residential component are not complete.

The development will help reconnect the Capitol Hill and East End neighborhoods, reopen F Street as a through street and incorporate part of G Street to the west of the building site.

PGP is working with the Jewish Historical Society to move its old building onto the site and develop a new museum as part of Capitol Crossing. PGP is also moving the rectory for Holy Rosary Catholic Church onto the property.

“We’ve been negotiating for the air rights and a little bit of land in this location for six years,” says Sussman. “Now we’re doing all the design, development and engineering to build the infrastructure for this project and moving the utilities around. We expect to have occupants in the first building in 2017.”

Sussman says filling in the gap between the neighborhoods will make the area more closely replicate Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for the city.

“We’ll have four office buildings with flexible space that works for larger tenants along with incubator space for small start-ups,” Sussman said. “We want to have multiple restaurants, retail space with sidewalk accessibility, outdoor space for vendors, a farmer’s market on the weekends and a child-care center. This whole project will bring life to a dead zone in the city.”

Online app helps you master your to-do list

If you can’t keep track of when you changed your furnace filter or remember whether you fertilized your lawn, HomeZada, an online home organization application, may be your new best friend.

HomeZada, available also as a mobile app for Apple and Android devices, helps users to manage home maintenance projects by selecting them from a list of more than 150 tasks. The tasks are then added to your to-do calendar with reminder dates.

You can even assign tasks to family members, so instead of nagging your spouse, you can get HomeZada to do it for you via e-mail.

HomeZada also has a library about improvement projects that you can use to create lists of materials needed, a timeline and a budget.

The app can also be used to develop a home inventory, complete with photos, receipts and warranties in case of theft or fire. The database can be downloaded as a PDF for your homeowners insurance policy.

The basic version of HomeZada is free; a premium version with more features is free for the first 30 days and then $5.95 per month. For more information, visit .

Home buyer patterns getting back to normal

Speaking at a 2013 economic summit held by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, said that on a national basis, buyers historically spend about three times their annual income to purchase a home.

But at the peak of the most-recent housing boom, buyers were spending approximately five times their income, and in some high-cost markets, such as California, buyers were spending as much as 10 times their income, Crowe said.

Now, he says, buyer patterns are returning to normal and the historical average.

— Michele Lerner

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