Not Fancy, But Easy To Love: An American Foursquare in Towson

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Hot House: 12 Maryland Avenue, Towson, MD 21286


American Foursquare house circa 1930, wood frame with painted siding, recent architectural shingle roof. Five bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2,512 sq. ft. over 3 levels with partly finished basement. Hardwood floors throughout, wood burning fireplace, first floor in-law suite, large deck, central a/c, detached 1-car garage: $575,000

 maryland:livingWhat: The American Foursquare was a style that originated in the 1890s as a reaction to the ornate embellishment of Victorian architecture. Deliberately plain and workmanlike, many of these houses were catalog houses, whose simple design made them easy to assemble. The boxy shape maximized interior space on small city lots, although this one has a big half acre yard and there’s no sense of being squeezed in. While the square footage is not huge, it nicely accommodates a big family as long as they’re comfortable being together. The big flat, sunny yard will easily entertain multiple games of soccer, lacrosse, baseball – or a large vegetable patch. A good-sized living room to the left of the front door opens to a large informal dining area at the back of the house. Leading off the dining area is a bedroom with a half bath  and also a sunny office area — great as a homework room.  Dining area is open to the kitchen — not a gourmet kitchen, but pleasant and roomy. The four bedrooms upstairs are comfortable, with some cute built-ins,  and there is a nice little dressing room/nursery off the master bedroom. Master bedroom bath is shared, although there is another full bath up here as well.



Where: Maryland Avenue is in Aigburth, a quiet, family neighborhood that runs between Burke Avenue and Aigburth Road in Southeast Towson. There are three highly ranked public schools within a mile of here – West Towson Elementary, Dumbarton Middle, and Towson High School. Towson University is just on the other side of York Road. It is convenient to downtown, “old Towson,” as well as the Towson Town Center, and the York Road shopping corridor.

 Why: Nice family feeling. Layout encourages togetherness without being cramped.

 Why Not: Burke Avenue, just off of Maryland Avenue, is a busy road and not great for walking – but you will need to cross it to get anywhere on foot.

 Would Suit: Just plain folks.

 NB: Comes with a 30 year exterior paint warranty.



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  1. I love this neighborhood! It is a secret gem of Towson. We have young children and there are many playmates on this street. If you want a sense of community that harkens back to the old days, you’ll find it here.

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