Hot House: 214 Longwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210
Edward Palmer designed cottage, “Hillside”, circa 1905, in cedar shake with stone foundation in unique wooded setting. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,720 sq. ft. over three levels. Multiple screened porches, new roof, fireplace, original walnut built-ins, hardwood floors, finished basement on .3 acre lot: $432,500
What: An Adirondack type fixer-upper, with potential to be a real charmer. The property is set into a steep hill, thick with old beech and oak trees, high above Deepdene Road. There is no back yard except the woods, and hardly any front yard. No garage, no room for a swing set, no place to throw a ball. On the upside, no yard maintenance. There is a small ledge at back, just wide enough for grill and table, which could be much nicer than it is, and there’s a stone retaining wall to sit on in the front. House is sturdy, but it’s been neglected. Bathrooms, kitchen, porches all need freshening up, at a minimum. Best room is the large, screened-in porch overlooking the back. It has cedar trim and hardwood floors, and it’s positioned to catch a cool breeze on a hot night, accompanied by the call of owls. Kitchen is large, but old-fashioned. Upstairs are two large bedrooms, including the master, and there are two more bedrooms at the top of the house. It’s run down, but not decrepit, and a little imagination could go a long way. So would central air.
Where: The far end of Longwood Road, which begins just south of the Roland Park library and winds around, growing more and more wooded and hilly as it goes, and ending in a cul de sac. Toward the end, the houses on the left side are well up above street level. Number 214 is on the right hand side, below street level, accessible only by stone stairs leading down from the street. Many houses on Longwood are quite grand; 214 is one of the smaller, less formal houses, but they all fit together well. It’s about a quarter mile stroll from here to the shops, library, post office and schools on Roland Avenue, the beating heart of which is Eddie’s. The Roland Park public school gets a top rating. Easy access to I-83 at Northern Parkway – about 15 minutes to downtown.
Would Suit: Cliff-dweller. Falconer.
Why: Very picturesque. Surrounded by nature without having to actually be in it.
Why Not: Carrying groceries down stone stairs.
NB: Early morning is a symphony (cacophony) of bird song.
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