HOT HOUSE: 307 Somerset Road, Baltimore, MD 21210

Brick Georgian-style house in Flemish bond, built in 1914, in top condition on a double lot (.66 acres).  Slate roof, greenhouse, detached garage, several porches.  Six bedrooms, four full baths, three half baths on four stories: $2,500,000

What: A classic brick Georgian, symmetrical and orderly, with high-end construction and a formal air, more attractive than many similar because of a wonderful south-facing porch overlooking the park-like back garden. In fact, the back of the house is prettier than the front, although the marble stairs and imposing door make an impressive entrance. The front hallway and main rooms are high ceilinged and gracious, southern in feeling, with crown moldings, hardwood floors, a traditional layout and a kitchen down the hall to the right. Kitchen has an industrial range with hood and was probably state of the art when put in in the ‘90s. Upstairs rooms are large, some with fireplaces, and one or two large new bathrooms. Large master suite. All looks solid and well cared for. The most delightful feature is the large covered second floor porch, with columns, railings and a large ceiling fan – on a hot Baltimore day it feels like a wealthy Colonial outpost. From here, you look down on a lovely expanse of garden and lawn.

Where: Roland Park, south of Coldspring Lane, “close, but not actually in” Alonso-ville .  Driving south on University Parkway, take a left onto Somerset Road, across from the Roland Park water tower.  There are great sidewalks for walking in this neighborhood, and it’s just a few blocks to Cold Spring Lane – not exactly the village green, but Miss Shirley’s…Video American…and Alonso’s.

Why:  Porch and back garden.

Why not:  “House too formal for our lifestyle.”

Would Suit:  Subscribers to Traditional Home, Veranda magazines.

 NB: Neighbor claims this house was on the market for a lot less just a year or so ago.  No realtor would verify this.