6109 Maywood Avenue, Dixon Hill, Baltimore, Maryland

Hot House: Updated Farmhouse, located in secluded and historic Dixon Hill, five beds, five baths, plus a small barn. 7,000 square feet. Asking price: $839,000

What: As you know, Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, a few of which are quite secluded, including the historic Dixon Hill, adjacent to Mount Washington. This beautiful farmhouse, which retains many of its original details, is located in Dixon Hill, developed in the 1870s by the architect, Thomas Dixon.

Before the Civil War, Dixon bought Clover Hill Farm and built houses for himself and his brother. After the war, the property was subdivided, and Dixon designed 35 houses along a winding road on the top of the hill. While many of the houses were just used in the summer and retain characteristics of a summer house, including large windows and wide porches. They soon became year-round homes.

The farmhouse, complete with its own barn, and more than an acre of land, is in the heart of Dixon Hill. The house has plenty of room for everyone in your family, whether working or schooling from home, as well as loads of outdoor space for your children and your free-range chickens. This house would suit either a large or small family, with five bedrooms and an attic that can be converted to an additional bedroom or office space.

With a six-burner range, three sinks, and a walk-in pantry, the new kitchen is the perfect spot to practice your newly acquired pandemic cooking skills. The first floor also has a living room, dining room, family room, a den, and a room currently used as an exercise space. The second floor includes four bedrooms and a separate in-law or au pair suite.

The 1.3-acre lot, mostly flat, has a small barn with a loft and a shed for mowers and gardening implements. The grounds are dotted with old-growth trees, and there is plenty of space for a vegetable garden or a lacrosse goal.

Where: Dixon Hill is a secluded North Baltimore neighborhood adjacent to Mount Washington, just off of Smith Avenue. The neighborhood is filled with houses mainly built during the late 1800s and is close to Mount Washington Village with its shops and restaurants and Whole Foods and Light Rail station.

Final Appraisal: If you’re looking for more space to work from home (or to entertain after the pandemic), this is a great house. There is plenty of space both inside and outside, as well as a friendly, close-knit neighborhood where the houses tend to stay in the family for decades (this house was last sold in 1998). It retains many of the original architectural details but has been updated with the most modern conveniences. The listing for the house is here.

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Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.