Hot House: 208 Saint Dunstan’s Road, Baltimore, 21212
English Tudor Revival, circa 1929, half stone, half timbered, slate roof. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, over four levels and 3,000 sq. ft. Entrance hall, updated kitchen, family room, second floor office, third floor loft. Large rooms, hardwood floors throughout. Private landscaped yard with gardens, stone patio, two car garage, unfinished basement, central a/c: $710,000
What: An evocative re-creation of an English country house, and the perfect setting for a murder mystery/dinner party — “Colonel Mustard in the library ….” etc. An architecture style that originated in 16th century England, Tudor’s are beloved around the world. The Tudor Revivals of this era are often called stockbroker Tudors, because they were extremely popular with Wall Streeters in the 1920s, with their implications of conservatism and old money. This one is solid and soulful, with 18 inch thick stone walls and beautiful leaded-glass windows overlooking lush perennial beds. A grand, overscale front door opens into an intimate alcove, which is the perfect, cottage-style entrance for the place.
The house has been well-loved. Owners have totally embraced its Englishness — the furniture, the wallpaper, the printed fabrics. It’s a lot to take in. All the ground floor rooms — formal dining room, a big living room with fireplace and a warm sunroom with stone floor — show off those beautiful mullioned windows. The kitchen is not modern, but it is updated, with a center island and fun blue and white checkerboard floor. It’s cozy and comfortable, and it’s one way to go with decorating a Tudor. But there are other ways, too, and it will be interesting to see what the new owners will do. In Australia, Tudors are called “storybook homes.” This one lives up to that name.
Where: Saint Dunstan’s is off Charles Street, across from the School of the Cathedral. The house is several blocks east of Charles, in a quiet location just a few doors from the picturesque ‘lakes’ of Homeland. There are stately houses, wide sidewalks and tall trees. Alleys run behind most of the streets offering views into well-kept gardens and tidy hedges. Belvedere Square is a mile to the east, the Roland Park shops and schools are a mile to the west.
Why: Love the look.
Why Not: Kind of dark inside.
Would Suit: Anglophiles of all sorts. It’s plenty big for a family, but not so big that a couple would feel lost.
NB: Need to keep a close eye on the Boston Ivy.
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