Hot House: 620 Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21204
Victorian-style frame house circa 1928, with shingle roof and wide front veranda. 6,095 sq. feet over three stories, with unfinished basement. Five bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths. Large rooms with high ceilings, elevator, entry foyer with fireplace. Five fireplaces total. Double living room, formal dining room, sunroom, 2 master bedroom suites, each with sitting room. Central A/C. Heated pool, two story guesthouse, 2 car garage, off street circular driveway, brick patio, gardens: $1,345,000
What: A house so lovely it deserves a name. Chestnut Manor? Hilltop? Maybe something more whimsical…En Face de Pickersgill? According to a survey in the U.K.’s Telegraph a few years ago, one in 14 buyers claim they would be willing to pay more for a house with a name. A further 40 percent of buyers said they would be more interested in at least looking at a named house. In England, the tradition of naming your house or castle is centuries old. Here, it’s a relatively new phenomenon, likened by the WSJ to vanity license plates. Nevertheless, 620 Chestnut has the grace and dignity to carry off a distinguishing name. Sited nicely near the crest of a tree-lined hill, it has an elegant, unpretentious exterior. But a surprising lineup of luxury selling features await, inside and out. Elevator, heated pool, guest house, big windows, and a sunny, serene presence that is hard to put into words. Peace At The Last? Bear in mind that the last time this house was on the market it was 1973, and the price was $20K. Wall-to-wall carpet and knotty pine kitchens were all the rage. The house needs some updating after 40 years, mostly in the kitchen and bathrooms. But in its day it was a showplace, and it will be again, justifying the name ………..(your thoughts here). Need help? Here’s a guide.
Where: Chestnut Avenue is in West Towson in Baltimore County, connecting Charles Street to W. Joppa Road. It is just across Charles St. from Ruxton. With wide winding streets with fine old houses set well back from the road, and there is a Ruxton vibe here. It’s just a little further from Graul’s. Across the street, but hidden from view, is the Pickersgill Retirement Community. At the corner of Chestnut Avenue and Charles is the beautiful campus of Loyola Blakefield, a Jesuit- run middle and high school for boys.
Why: Guesthouse would make a great Airbnb
Why Not: Low walking score. There are no sidewalks on Chestnut, no walkable destinations, and cars can go a little too fast on their way up the hill.
Would Suit: Loyola Blakefield family with unexpected guests.
NB: The left turning stoplight at the corner of Chestnut and Charles, particularly during school times, takes forever.
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