HOT HOUSE: 721 Gladstone Avenue, Tuxedo Park, Baltimore, 21210
Shingle-style Victorian, circa 1897, with six bedrooms, two and a half baths on .33 acres in Tuxedo Park. 3,357 square feet, with two sleeping porches and side porte–cochere (carriage porch ): $459,000
What: Mansion-sized house with a cottage feel. Peaked gables, front wrap-around porch, balcony with keyhole windows, and best of all a real carriage porch – both romantic-looking and totally practical for unpacking groceries on a rainy day. There’s a new roof, a dry basement, two working fireplaces and a finished attic. There are crown moldings, tall ceilings, hardwood floors and built-in bookcases. It does need a new kitchen, and the back yard could use sprucing up. It’s a little short on bathrooms, too. But the yard is big enough for a game of football, and there are a lot of children around. As a house to grow up in, it would more than do the job.
Where: Gladstone Avenue is a quiet, leafy street with a small town feel, just off Roland Avenue. In the morning, there are kids and families walking to school, Starbucks, the library and the post office. Driving south on Roland Avenue from Northern Parkway, Gladstone is two streets past Eddie’s grocery store, on the left. At the other end of Gladstone, kids can cross the Stony Run stream and be at the Roland Park pool ($500 a year for residents) – in two minutes by bike. Tuxedo Park is the part of Roland Park that is “behind Eddie’s,” but actually includes Eddie’s, the post office and naturally, the Tuxedo Pharmacy. In the past ten years, improvements to the local public school have made it a real neighborhood school, with good marks for parent involvement and academics. As word gets out, houses within walking distance are becoming highly prized.
Why: A lot of house for the money. Near Schneider’s Hardware.
Why Not: Perfectionist will be frustrated in a house like this – something always needs work.
Would Suit: Family who want to live in a city and a small town at the same time.
NB: No A/C
Contact: Carol Taylor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. (410) 235-4100
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