Alisa Goldsmith spent hours reading social media comments on his Glass House.
“I’ve been down the rabbit hole for the past 24 hours, reading some of the thousands of reviews, which is hilarious considering I’ve lived here, decorated and renovated it. It’s so funny to hear everyone’s feelings about it, ”says Goldsmith. “I take everything with humor. I must say I am very amused. I am tickled to see how tickled everyone is about this.
She is also the listing agent for the transparent house. On the market for $ 1.7 million, the home on Corbridge Lane sits on 4 acres on the banks of the Gunpowder River in Monkton, MD.
The striking residence is almost entirely made of glass and is topped with a distinctive red roof. The structure takes the form of a barn, but is decidedly different from the barn in all other respects. What looks like a silo from the outside is actually a spiral staircase.
“Everyone thinks it was a converted barn, but it isn’t,” says Goldsmith. “In fact, it was built like a house and we are the third owners. The original owners were a married couple of architects, so they had the vision.
The first owners built the house in 1990, then Alisa and her husband, Jason, emptied it in 2018. The previous owners had built the house using the principles used to build skyscrapers, so it was built with steel beams.
“Before renovating, they were covered with wood, but we took them apart, painted black and left them bare,” she says.
Goldsmith was showing the house to a client when it was on the market in 2017, and she fell in love with it.
She couldn’t get it out of her head, so she brought her husband back to see him.
“I didn’t think he would be willing to buy it,” she says. “Everyone wants to watch it, but certainly not everyone wants to live here. He’s a very specific buyer, and my husband was so interested. He just fell in love with it.
They bought it for $ 800,000 in March 2017, and the renovations have started.
“We haven’t changed anything on the outside,” she says, “but we’ve basically reduced the inside to the studs. “
The completely remodeled home now has five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms over 5,754 square feet of living space. All surrounded by glass.
“I laugh when people say it’s like a fish bowl,” Goldsmith says. “And I’m like, ‘Well, nobody’s looking at me, but I’m looking outside.’ And if it’s a fishbowl, it’s a bowl that I don’t mind being in.
She says there are houses on two sides that are only visible when the trees are bare, but they are far enough apart that she doesn’t care about privacy.
“Someone should be a mile and a half from me looking at me with a telescope and knowing what to look for and where to look to see,” she said. “I always thought that if someone wanted to work this hard, then God bless them.”
Lutron shades are in place on all windows, including blackout shades in all bedrooms and the movie theater.
“It definitely helps with privacy, and everything is controlled by the app. You can just walk in and say “Alexa, turn on the master bedroom shades”, and the shades go up or down. “
Smart technology is installed throughout the house. The kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances, two islands and quartz countertops. An outside terrace allows people to dine, with a view of the river.
On the lower level there is a guest suite with a separate entrance. There is also a detached two car garage with a greenhouse above.
Goldsmith says that while she was browsing the comments online and during the screenings, she found two things everyone wants to know.
First, how does she clean the windows? Second, how much does it cost to heat and cool the place?
The many windows in the house have for the most part been left in the care of Mother Nature.
“If you’re looking for a spotless home with spotless windows, this isn’t your home. You’re in the woods and basically live in a treehouse. You don’t even notice it, ”she explains.
As for the air conditioning, there are two heating systems, a geothermal system with five zones and a back-up boiler for back-up heating.
Goldsmith says geothermal heat is sufficient in the summer, but not in the colder part of the winter. The average monthly electric bill is around $ 700, reaching up to $ 1,100 per month, with an additional $ 800 per year for heating oil.
“I only owned two large houses, but they were comparable. Whether it’s glass or not, if you have a large home, heating and cooling doesn’t come cheap.
An often overlooked aspect of the house? There is very little wall space to hang artwork.
“You live here and realize that you don’t need artwork, because your environment is your artwork, and it’s constantly changing. It’s like every season is a new masterpiece. It’s really spectacular to live here, ”she says, adding that the winter snows are her favorite, because everything is bare and everything is white everywhere.
The silversmiths sell the house due to family circumstances. They are ready to tackle a new renovation project.
“We’re actually going to take over my childhood home and build an annex for my mom and do a complete renovation of that house,” Goldsmith said.
This means that the glass house needs new owners to love it as much as the goldsmiths.
“We’ve had a few showings, and my husband and I can tell right away if they’re not going to be in good shape. If they’re buttoned up and kind of conventional, then we’re like, ‘They’re not going to like this,’ ”she says. “He’ll be someone who literally hates convention.”