A sprawling wooded property on the market in Bowie has enough space for the new owners to bring their horses along. The 26-acre property off Central Avenue offers a brick ranch-style home complete with a horse farm.
Loftmar Stables is an established business started by the property's original owners 25 years ago. An aerial view shows the expansive, private grounds surrounding the main residence, including riding trails and streams as well as amenities for humans and horses.
The home and business are on the market for $1,500,000. They are situated at 17620 Central Ave. and reached via a long private driveway. While it's easy to feel that you're far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life when on the property, city conveniences including shopping, dining and entertainment are just a short drive away.
This income-producing horse farm features an oversized cinderblock barn, an indoor arena with a viewing room, more than two dozen fully matted stalls with windows and skylights, a hay loft, a heated tack room and high-tensile fencing. The horses on the property do not convey with the business.
In addition to offering riding and horse-care lessons, the stables currently host winter equestrian teams and a summer camp and offer pony rides for birthdays and company gatherings.
The owners live in an all-brick 2,400-square-foot ranch home on the grounds. It is nestled among mature trees and highlighted by professional landscaping.
Guests can be greeted in the main entrance or through a side entry door. The house features neutral-color Berber carpeting and several rooms suitable for entertaining, including a sun-drenched family room filled with windows. The family room is large enough to accommodate the owner's billiards table and arcade-size video game and still have plenty of room to enjoy a comfortable sitting area.
The family room also features a wet bar and has access to the outdoor patio through sliding glass doors.
Cozier and more formal gatherings can be had in the living room, where the focal point is a floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace made of brick with an indoor grill and mantel. This room also has sliding glass doors to usher in the sunshine and allows for easy access to the outdoors.
The dining area, which can double for casual and more formal meals, sits between the family room and kitchen. The open kitchen has wood cabinetry that offers a great contrast to the white ceramic tile floors. The cabinetry lines the walls and there is ample counter space.
Four comfortably sized bedrooms and three full baths are spread throughout the home. Newer, updated features include energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, a water heater and updated appliances.
Horses aren't the only ones that enjoy the property's features. Also on the grounds is a large in-ground swimming pool, just in time for use during the summer months. The fenced-in pool is surrounded by an impressive flagstone patio, making it the perfect place for outdoor entertaining.
In addition there's a hot tub, a nicely landscaped fish pond, and fenced areas with streams. There are several outbuildings on the property that can be used as storage. If desired, there is the potential for multiple subdividable lots.
For more equestrian fun, the home is only 10 minutes from the Prince George's Equestrian Center/Show Place Arena off Route 4. The home is a 15-minute drive to Annapolis, 20 minutes from the District and 40 minutes to Baltimore.
Address: 17620 Central Ave., Bowie, MD 20716
Community: Loftmar Stables
Age: Built in 1985
Size: 2,400 square feet in the main house on a lot of 26 acres
Taxes: Not available
Exterior features: All-brick ranch-style home, in-ground pool, flagstone patio, fenced yard, hot tub, fish pond, trails, streams, horse farm with barns, indoor and outdoor arenas, horse stalls with hay racks, heated tack room
Interior features: Four bedrooms, three baths, open floor plan, Berber carpeting, ceramic tile, family room with wet bar and sliding glass doors, updated kitchen appliances
Amenities: Brick-walled fireplace, energy-efficient heating and cooling
Schools: Pointer Ridge Elementary, Tasker Middle, Bowie High
Close by: Bowie Town Center mall, Prince George's Stadium, Six Flags America amusement park, Show Place Arena and Prince George's Equestrian Center, shopping, dining
Open house: 1 to 4 p.m. April 17
Contact: Kimberly Wolfe with RE/MAX Leading Edge, 240-423-3262
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