Big Cottage or Little Mansion? Pretty Tudor on Guilford Cul-de-Sac

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Hot House: 4407 Bedford Place, Baltimore 21218

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Stone and stucco Palmer-Lamdin house, well-maintained, circa 1928 with slate roof. Four bedrooms, 3 full, 2 half baths over 3,129 sq. ft. Architectural details incl. carved doors, timbered ceiling in den, wrought iron, stonework, canopy arches. Living room with large fireplace, den, family room with French doors to garden, gourmet kitchen w/built-in, en suite master, separate teen suite, finished basement, central a/c, whole house generator, stone patio, extensive hardscaping: $639,000

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What: It must have been tricky to price this house. On the one hand, it has the aristocratic, expensive look of an English-style manor. On the other, neither the house or yard is that big. The realtor managed to hit the sweet spot, though, because last Sunday’s Open House had lots of interested families. The room, shown above, in the wood-timbered den, has a cozy Tudor feel, as does the entrance foyer and hall. The rest of the house is lighter and brighter, and it’s a nice contrast.  Good-sized living and family rooms both have French doors out to the garden. Gourmet Kenwood kitchen has stainless appliances, a center granite island with cooktop, and a hard-to-resist seating booth with a window at the end. All the bedrooms are upstairs, two are en suite including the master. The basement is so clean it sparkles. White built-in storage cupboards line the walls, a laundry area has generous counter space and there’s plenty of lighting. The house has been beautifully maintained, so there is not a thing to be done.

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Where:  Bedford Place is a charming cul-de-sac off of Charles Street, the first left south of Cold Spring Lane. It is slightly separate from the rest of Guilford — a location that has the nice feature of no access from York Road, but you can still walk to Sherwood Gardens. It is very convenient to both Loyola University and the Johns Hopkins campus. Calvert School (grades 1-8) is a few blocks away. There are many private schools within a mile radius, including the GreenMount School (grades 1-8).

Would Suit: Family with an eye for quality, who doesn’t need an acre of land.

Why: Tons o’ curb appeal.

Why Not: Air conditioning unit is located right at the end of the driveway, so it’s the first thing you see pulling in.

NB: Backyard is flat, and you could easily remove a flowerbed to get more usable space (for swings, ball playing, etc.). 

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