Happy almost-Independence Day, Baltimore! With the holiday on the horizon and many vacations scheduled, some local restaurants are laying low this week. But not all of them! Here’s a look at what’s happening in the restaurant world over the next few days:
Hot House: 3624 Malden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211
Brick townhouse, circa 1920, with black mansard roof, all new and completely renovated in 2017. Four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over three stories and 2,145 sq. ft. End-of-group, southern exposure, high ceilings, long windows, hardwood floors, open-plan main level. Kitchen with granite island/breakfast bar, gas fireplace. Large mudroom off kitchen with closet and half-bath. Finished lower level with full bath and storage closets. Third-floor master suite with views. Fenced rear yard, parking for two cars: $417,000
Hot House: The Lydia and Robert Hamill House, 5607 Roland Avenue, Baltimore 21210
Queen Anne-style Victorian, circa 1897, designed by George Franklin Barber. Nine bedrooms, six full, two half-baths over 4,516 sq. ft. Five fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout. Original architectural details include multiple porches, cupolas, keyhole windows, carved balustrades and wood trim. Complete high-end renovation and restoration. Elevator, gourmet kitchen with marble counters and island, custom cabinetry. Luxury master suite with balcony and marble bath with separate glass shower. Third-floor apartment has three bedrooms, two fireplaces, separate entrance and kitchen. Central a/c, two-car garage, on .56 acres: $1,295,000.
Hot House: 919 Rolandvue Road, Towson, MD 21204
Mid-century, modern style house in cedar shake, circa 1967, designed by noted architect Walter Ramberg. 4,842 sq. ft. with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large deck overlooking woods. Bi-level living room with granite fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and two-story built-in bookcases. Curved glass wall in dining room and kitchen (updated in 2015). Thirteen-foot ceilings. Master bedroom and family room with three walls of windows. Central a/c, hydronic radiant floors. Two-story, two-bedroom guest house, woodshed, heated pool, natural landscaping on four private acres: $1,295,000.
Hot House: 2110 Cambridge Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 (second entrance at 2117 Fleet Street)
Brick rowhouse, circa 1840, and former warehouse combined into 3,100 sq. ft. single-family home. Complete modern renovation, 2014. Two stories with 1,200 sq. ft. roof deck and fully finished lower level. Four bedrooms, four full baths, gourmet kitchen with marble island and breakfast bar, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf range. Large master suite with walk-in closet and glass shower. Upstairs office with wet bar and entrance to roof deck. Lower-level living area with game room, bedroom and storage. Home audio and automation system, central a/c, attached two-car garage: $849,000 (ask about CHAP tax credits)
Hot House: 213 Goodale Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
English village-style house in brick, circa 1930, with slate roof and copper trim. Six bedrooms, four full and two half baths over over four levels. 4,850 sq. feet with finished basement. Entrance hall, living room with french doors, fireplace and window seat, paneled library, sunroom with doors to double patio. Hardwood floors throughout. Renovated master bath with custom desk and cabinetry. Bathrooms remodeled. Bedroom closets added. New central air, two-car garage, extensive professional landscaping, on a .26-acre lot: $1,350,000
Hot House: 13 Elmwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210
Arts and Crafts-style cottage, circa 1922, stucco with slate roof and brick trim. Four bedrooms and 3.5 baths over 2,432 sq. ft. Original architectural details include oak paneling and trimwork. Large rooms with natural light, central a/c. Living room with fireplace, sunroom off dining room. Kitchen with island breakfast bar, custom cabinets, copper range-hood. Finished lower-level family room. Ensuite master with french doors to deck, connecting to study. Large third-floor guest room. Patio, extensive stonework, landscaped garden, one-car detached garage, 0.3 acres: $625,000
What: On the market for just over a week, this house already has an offer and a sale is pending. But as they say in real estate, “there’s many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip.” Things happen, and a backup offer is always possible. It is certainly a house worth going out on a limb for — cozy and adorable, with updates done well and respectfully. Bigger than it looks from the photo, and more open that you would expect from a cottage, it is a house that could work as well for a family as for a couple or a single person. The buyer will, however, be faced with a common Roland Park dilemma regarding the fine old original oak paneling and trim — an issue that divides neighbors, couples and even entire families: To paint, or not to paint?
Where: Elmwood Road runs east from Longwood Road, which runs off Roland Avenue. It is a long gentle downhill slope, which passes this house, crosses Edgevale and winds its way down to Falls Road.This house is about a 5-10 minute walk up to Eddie’s, the Roland Park Library and the schools that help make the neighborhood such a popular destination.
Why: Nice, long driveway in stone block.
Why Not: The one-car garage will not fit your GMC Yukon.
Would Suit: Architectural anglophiles looking for style, rather than size.
NB: The gardens have been lovingly created by a native plant specialist, and will be low-maintenance as well as beautiful.