5400 Springlake Way, Homeland, Baltimore

Hot House:  Charming English Country-style House, four Beds/three Baths, in the heart of Homeland. Asking price: $709,900

What: This charming house has echoes of a cottage in an English village, and influences of the early 20th century local architects, Palmer & Lamdin. With steeply pitched rooflines, and delightful details including multiple sets of French doors, casement windows, mixed building materials, and more this house combines the best of timeless architecture and 21st century living.  

Located in the heart of Homeland, fronting on Taplow Road (although the address is Springlake Way) and just a block-and-a-half from the beloved Homeland Lakes, this house is a great size for a small family. Its corner lot provides lots of space for a garden or a play area for children. 

The interior of the house retains much of its original details, including a beautiful staircase, arched doorways, full-size wood shutters, and an attached garage. Updates include a custom kitchen, custom laundry room, updated bathrooms and a sympathetic addition off the kitchen and sun-filled breakfast room. Adjacent to the living room is a small space, which may have been the original dining room, but is now used as a music room.

The four bedrooms reflect the quirky roofline of the house, with slightly sloped ceilings and alcoves, and the original hardwood floors are in great condition. There is ample closet space in this house, including a hallway lined with them. 

The basement has been finished and is currently used as an exercise/work-out room, and laundry area. The rear of the house features a bluestone terrace, shaded by a row of pine trees for privacy. The current owners have a fire pit surrounded by comfortable chairs, which is a great idea for year-round outdoor entertaining. 

Where: The house is in the middle of Homeland, a neighbor north of the city with winding roads, beautiful and varied architecture, and gorgeous old-growth trees and plantings. Homeland in the spring is one of Baltimore’s best scenic walks. Homeland is central to the shopping and dining areas on York Road, Charles Street and Roland Avenue. 

Final Appraisal: Homeland features a wide range of houses from grand brick Georgians to charming English cottages. It is perfect for a young family who doesn’t want a cookie-cutter home in the suburbs. This house has enough personality to elevate it out of the ordinary and into something special. The price is in that sweet spot that ensures that it won’t on the market for long. The listing for the house is here

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.