Hot House: 4014 Deepwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21218

Brick Colonial with slate roof, copper gutters, circa 1942. Semi-detached, recently renovated, on a .2 acre lot.  1,530 sq. ft. over two stories, with finished basement, floored attic, three bedrooms, one full, one half bath. Hardwood floors, built-ins, custom kitchen. Separate, brick, one car garage: $224,900

What: A nice house for a small family. Current owners, now with a second child, are moving to a larger house in the same neighborhood. But they made some expensive upgrades, like the custom designed Stuart kitchen and central air. A covered porch at the front of the house leads into the  good-sized living room with fireplace. Separate dining room leads into the  kitchen, upgraded with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a built-in breakfast nook. Upstairs, two large, one quite small bedroom. No master suite, one bathroom serves all the bedrooms, but it’s largish and up to date. Backyard has tall trees, room for a garden, and a brick garage with slate roof.

Where: The well kept, historic and under-the-radar neighborhood of Original Northwood, located between the Alameda and Loch Raven Boulevard, near Herring Run Park, a couple miles from Belvedere Square and three miles from Lauraville.  The neighborhood was built in the late 1930’s by the Roland Park Company, to accommodate Baltimore’s rising class of executives from companies like Westinghouse. During the war, building stopped and was never resumed.  There are 374 homes in Original Northwood, so it’s roughly a third the size of Homeland. Houses are both detached and semi-detached, several are historic and many are real beauties.  Grocery shop on York Road or Belevedere Square, and head to Lauraville — Hamilton Street Tavern, Clementine and more for a night out.  This is a close, friendly, youngish neighborhood, racially mixed, with lots of professionals of all ages. Many who buy here, planning to move on, decide to stay. Easy commute to Hopkins, Morgan, downtown, Towson. Driving east on Cold Spring Lane, cross over York Road, and take a right onto the Alameda. After .4 miles, take a left onto Argonne, and the first right onto Deepwood. 4014 is on the right.

Why: Charming, friendly, safe, affordable city living.

 Why Not: House really needs a half bath on the first floor, although there is one in downstairs family room. There’s space.

NB: Original Northwood feels a little more urban than some north Baltimore neighborhoods, but it’s protected by not having any through streets. Crimewise, it’s about the same as Rodgers Forge, Homeland, Guilford:  mostly car break-ins. No really good local public school though. Many people use The GreenMount School or other parochial or private schools.

Would Suit: Young Hopkins professor whose children will be smart enough to teach themselves.

Contact: Long & Foster Real Estate

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