Sweet 1920s cottage stands out in contemporary neighborhood

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Hot House: 18 Merry Hill Court, Pikesville 21208

Hot House: Shingle-style cottage with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. New siding and trim, new sliding French-style doors. Two-car garage. Pool. Two-story foyer. Two-story wood-burning fireplace. Private grounds, with a 1.8-acre lot included.   Asking price: $1,295,000

Hot House: Although the listing says that this house is “French Provincial” it’s actually more of a shingle-style house from the early 1900s, in the manner of McKim, Mead & White’s houses in Newport. The shingle- and brick-work on “The Cottage” really elevates the design and makes it special. Although it doesn’t look huge, the house has four bedrooms and a huge kitchen, plus a large deck on the rear, accessed by sliding glass doors.

What: I admit a fondness for cedar-shake shingle houses, especially when they have decorative elements like this one. The low brick walls entering the driveway, and the white picket fence make the approach to this house even more delightful.

This house was built in the 1920s, possibly as a caretaker’s cottage. Most of the surrounding houses were built within the past 20-30 years and range in style from very contemporary to mini-mansions. This house is nestled into its setting, unlike other houses in the area, which look like they’ve been dropped out of the sky onto the landscape. The gardens and trees on this property are mature and will only need maintenance.

The huge kitchen/dining room is perfect for entertaining, and in good weather, guests can spill out onto the back deck overlooking the woods. A large living room with a fireplace and Palladian windows is perfect for more formal entertaining. The master bedroom has an adjacent marble bathroom with a tub and shower, and a walk-out deck. The other three bedrooms are well-sized and would be great for children or guests.

Where: This house is off of Park Heights Avenue, just outside the Beltway in Anton North. It is in the Pikesville School District in Baltimore County, but is close to several private schools. It’s a quick hop to the Pikesville Trader Joe’s, as well as everything else along Reisterstown Road.

Final Appraisal: In a neighborhood full of McMansions, this house is an anomaly. Its small stature and age make it a little gem. It is private, but not isolated, and is close to almost everything you need. The listing is here.

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