Hot House: 216 Oakdale Road, Baltimore, MD 21210
Stone and shingle, English style cottage, circa 1894, in need of full renovation. Three bedrooms, two baths over 1,588 sq. ft. Semi-circular stone front porch, 50-year architectural shingle roof, unfinished full basement, and attic. Hardwood floors throughout, living room with fireplace and French doors to sunroom, separate dining room, kitchen. Extra room on second floor with potential for master bath or office. Landscaped front garden with stone walkway. Flat, sunny backyard with driveway and garage foundation: $335,000
What: A small house in Roland Park is a hot commodity these days, and there were a lot of interested parties at the open house on Sunday. It’s had a recent electrical updating, there’s new HVAC and central air, and the roof and ceilings are good. Otherwise, this house is a completely blank slate, and a buyer will be doing some demolition and starting from scratch. The house has had only two owners in the past century, and it was owned for most of that time by Alice Davis, who moved here with her husband in the late 1940s. They raised four children here, with their in-laws living across the street. The children went to the Roland Park Public School — still a highly ranked public school within easy walking distance. The house used to have a two-car garage. It was demolished years ago, but the foundation is there, under the grass, and you could build on top of it. Mrs. Davis is a Master Gardener, and the front garden shows her touch. At 93, she was “too tired to finish the back.”
Where: 216 Oakdale Road lies a few blocks south of Wyndhurst Station, between Roland Avenue and the Stony Run trail. Walk to Eddie’s, all local schools, Petit Louis and Johnny’s restaurants, the Roland Park library, banks, post office, churches, synagogue. Also the Roland Park Pool, which is open to all Roland Park residents.
Why: Nice neighbors. And … small house means smaller costs, more free time – you could paint a room in a day.
Why Not: Still, several months of work on the front end.
Would Suit: Buyer looking for a charm on a budget.
NB: Assume about $100K in renovation costs.