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

4 replies on “Big, Old, Friendly Victorian in Tuxedo Park”

    1. because it’s a different neighbourhood than roland park. the old phone exchange in the area, if you remember that sort of thing, was TU9…

      the area down by cold spring/keswick/wilmslow is called evergreen. there are 250+ neighbourhoods in baltimore, some quite small. Live Baltimore has an on-line map of the neighbourhoods and it’s quite fascinating to see some of them. I live in a little place called “Hoes Heights” but most people would just call it Hampden.

    2. Note that at one point (and it still may be the case, you would have to check), because these houses were in Tuxedo Park, they were not part of the Roland Park Association, and residents of Tuxedo Park couldn’t join the Roland Park pool.

    3. Not true about the pool – we lived in Tuxedo Park and joined the pool, as did many others I know. Swim, away!

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