Pretty Architecture presents: Glass houses S2E4

Leroy M. Merritt, a Maryland native and real estate developer, built this waterfront home in Pasadena, Md., in 1986. Mr. Merritt, who founded a chain of gyms in Baltimore called Merritt Athletic Clubs, passed away in January 2010 at the age of 79. The home, which now belongs to members of Mr. Merritt’s family, was built as a weekend retreat.

It is called the ‘Glass House’ and has walls of windows offering views of the Magothy River, Broad Creek and Sillery Bay. The 9,700-square-foot home sits on 3½ acres and has four bedrooms. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling with recessed lighting.

Following his death, Mr. Merritt’s family decided to auction the home. ‘I decided the house needed a broader market than the regular real-estate industry can do,’ Ms. Stettinius says of her decision to introduce the auction option to the owners.