Hot House: 14 Blythewood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210
Architect-designed, modern style house, circa 1965, in cedar and stone, with seamed copper roof. 3,379 square feet over two levels. Three bedrooms, three and a half baths, with 11’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen, bluestone flooring and patio, multiple skylights. Landscaped gardens with reflecting pond on private 1.58 acre lot, extensive custom lighting, two car garage: $1,285,000
What: Like many modern and contemporary homes, 14 Blythewood saves much of its charm for the enlightened — those willing to forgo the obvious appeal of an impressive stone mansion or a welcoming Victorian in favor of low rooflines, natural materials and an arguably more ‘honest’ aesthetic that tends toward less being more. Here, the interiors are like interlinking boxes, free of unnecessary ornamentation, keeping the focus on the use of space, light and the green theater behind the house, where trees and pond draw owls and herons, foxes and the occasional deer. Designed by noted architect Charles DeMarco, the house is actually oriented front-to-back, with walls of glass drawing you toward the lush nature behind, rather than the street views in front. Behind the double front door, the entrance hall, with walls of Butler stone, and the large living room with a dramatic tray ceiling, both have floor-to-ceiling glass looking out to the beautifully planted garden. On the other side of the house, the kitchen is partially original, it’s stainless steel island exuding a kind of Jetsons-like retro cool. The first Sub-Zero refrigerator designed for residential use was an original built-in here (since carted off to the Sub-Zero museum in Wisconsin — no lie — and replaced by a newer model). The storage in the kitchen and throughout the house is extraordinary: Walls of beautifully designed drawers and cabinets line the kitchen, the dining room, the office and the master bathroom. No excuse for clutter. Down a few stairs, but still offering windows on the garden, is a long rectangle of office space with generous storage cabinets, which could easily be another bedroom. All the bathrooms are new, floors on the main floor are natural bluestone. The bedrooms are in the third ‘module’ of the house, accessed through a long glass corridor with wooden slats for privacy. All bedrooms have garden views, the first two share a bathroom. The master suite is light and bright, surrounded by the garden, with a large ensuite bathroom, glass shower and dressing room. Forced air heat, three-zoned central air, remote control window shading.
Where: Blythewood Road boasts some of Baltimore city’s most beautiful homes and largest lots – 1.5 to 6 acres, non- subdividable. This is the most recently built (1965) property on Blythewood, the last of just 18 houses on a long, winding, tree-lined road with a beautiful home around every bend. Blythewood runs from Wyndhurst Avenue in Roland Park over to Charles Street, with limited access from Charles Street during high traffic hours. Jog along the Stony Run trail just across Blythedale Road. It’s a nice walk over to the shops at Wyndhurst Station, a mile or so to Eddie’s of Roland Park and even less to Petit Louis and Johnny’s on Roland Avenue. About 20 minutes downtown via Charles Street.
Why: Like the pared down aesthetic, living in the garden.
Why Not: Nah, we’re traditionalists.
Would Suit: Forward thinker.
NB: Room out back for pool or tennis court.
Hot House is sponsored by Cindy Conklin and Bob Merbler of Prudential YWGC Realty
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