Hot House: 1817 South Road, Baltimore, 21209
Arts and Crafts style bungalow in cedar shake and stone, architect designed, circa 1979. Three bedrooms, two and a half baths, with cathedral ceilings, gourmet kitchen, fireplace, landscaped garden, central air. 2,800 sq. ft. on two stories, .35 acre lot: $525,000
What: Nestled into the hillside, in an idyllic setting, a house that has the charm of a bungalow outside, but sleek lines and open spaces on the inside. The floor plan is a reverse layout: bedrooms are at street level, where you enter, along with a generous foyer and stairs leading down to the main living area. The property drops off from the street, so the downstairs is still above grade, and there is lots of light. The wide slash of stairs runs right down the middle of the living area, bringing light from above, and serving as a design focus in the overall open-plan of the downstairs. Everything well and recently rennovated — bathrooms are new, kitchen is new, nothing needs to be done. The back garden is lovely, with low maintenance natural plantings and a large deck for entertaining. Sun filters in through tall trees…and you with your gin and tonic.
Where: South Road is a little past St. John’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Washington. From Falls Road and Northern Parkway, head north on Falls and take a left over the Kelly Avenue Bridge. Just over the bridge, at the church, bear left onto South Road. Number 1817 is on the left. From here, it’s a half mile to Mt. Washington Village, with Light Rail station, funky shops, spas galore, and the new Mt. Washington Tavern. Rt. 83 is less than a mile away at Northern Parkway. The leafy Mt. Washington neighborhood is both upscale and diverse. Its public elementary school won a national Blue Ribbon award last year, and gets rave reviews from parents.
Would Suit: Mini-Cooper driver – someone who want the looks without the size. This is by no means a small home (average new built American home is 2,200 sq. ft.) but it has a low profile, democratic-yet-stylish feeling that many people will respond to.
Why: According to a well known U.K. survey, bungalow dwellers rate their “home happiness level” at 8.5 on a scale on 1-10. This one offers all the charm of bungalow living with many high end touches, (and way more light) than you would find in a period piece.
Why Not: No garage, just a parking pad.
NB: Bedrooms on ground floor might take some getting used to.
Contact: Prudential PenFed Realty
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