List Price: $183,900
3 BR, 2 BA
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th
This turn-of-the-century home blends the charms of yesterday with the modern features of today, all in the comforts of a welcoming community convenient to everything.
Background: A reaction to the architectural excesses of the Victorian era, the American Foursquare was a house style popular in this country from about 1890 to 1930. Homes built in this style quickly became loved for their open and sunny interior layouts, large and welcoming front porches, and handcrafted, “honest” workmanship.
This home respects such traditions with its lovely inlaid wood floors, high tin ceilings, an airy covered porch that wraps around three sides of the house, and a first-floor library in addition to large living and dining spaces.
Large, airy rooms with unique touches and plenty of windows for natural light.
Other items that give the home a wonderful sense of place include:
• Sturdy, locally-sourced foundation stone quarried from what later became the Loch Raven Reservoir.
• Original land cost and deed meticulously researched and framed—terms to purchase the land at the time of construction were $5.00 down and 58 cents per week!
• Historic liquor bottles found on site (perhaps, in an era where everything was built by hand, the workers needed some fuel).
• House is the second-oldest on the street, constructed in 1900 when Cedmont was still part of rural Baltimore County. As late as 1902, Bel Air Road was unpaved and the single-track streetcar ran but four times a day. The neighborhood took off when the road was macadamized and regular car service was extended to Overlea shortly thereafter.
Updates: Modern conveniences include a fully updated kitchen with granite countertops and stylish wooden cabinetry, a cozy pellet stove ideal for foiling polar vortexes, a spacious landscaped yard with parking and plenty of entertaining space, replacement windows, and a brand-new roof.
Neighborhood: Not everyone has heard of Cedmont, but the community at large drew the attention of the Urban Land Institute, a national urban-planning organization, in a recent study it conducted of the Bel Air Road corridor. Among its findings was that the community enjoyed “solid household incomes, steady home prices, [and] high rates of homeownership . . . in addition to a rich housing stock, diverse housing types, and housing affordability in line with resident incomes.” What’s more, Live Baltimore, a local nonprofit that helps homebuyers learn more about Baltimore’s 225 distinct neighborhoods, calls Cedmont “a quiet, friendly neighborhood with a suburban feel [and] large, reasonably priced historic homes with big yards. . . .” Other neighborhood attractions include the nearby Natural History Society of Maryland, well known to local cognoscenti for its historic and cultural artifacts.
For more information: Please contact Stephen Sattler, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., 6080 Falls Road, Suite 107, Baltimore, MD 21209; [email protected]; 443/904-1352 c; 410/377-2270 o.
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