Roland Park House on the Hill: Fancy on the Outside, Friendly on the Inside

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14 Edgevale Road, Baltimore, 21210
Brick, plantation-style house in Roland Park, circa 1905, with views over the Baltimore Country Club property. Five bedrooms, three and a half baths, 4,504 square feet, on four stories. 1.2 acre lot: $995,000
 
What: A great looking-house, high on a hill, with a dramatic front yard that slopes down to the grounds of the old Baltimore Country Club golf course and “Suicide Hill,” where generations of Baltimoreans grew up sledding. Formerly owned by Baltimore lawyer Michael Hodes, the current owners have completely re-landscaped the front, removing hundreds of planted Christmas pines that hid the house, replacing them with lawn. Happily, they have kept the large beech trees and a bluestone path that winds up from the garage, and added a stone retaining wall – a total transformation. They’ve also spend a fair amount of money in the back of the house, creating a tiered garden with hardscaping, and solving a drainage issue. Inside, the layout is classic and symmetrical: big entrance hall, Living room and sunporch on the left, dining room and sunporch on the right. Kitchen is nice, probably state-of-the-art ten years ago. There’s a very pretty three-story staircase, and the third floor bathroom is new. Current owners are using the second story sunroom as the bedroom, which is a little tight, but it must be nice to wake up in the trees. There is also a larger master bedroom, walk-in closet and bath. Central air.   
 
Where: Edgevale Road is in the heart of Roland Park, connecting Club Road to Falls. Live here, and you can walk along wide, shady sidewalks to Petit Louis, Eddie Jacobs and Foreman-Wolf’s new restaurant (almost finished) in the historic shops on Roland Avenue. You can walk a little further to Eddie’s of Roland Park, the library, the post office and the Starbucks.  To get there from Falls Road, head south from Northern Parkway and take a left at Harvest Road. Follow Harvest up the hill – it becomes Edgevale just past the intersection with Beechdale.  Look up and to the left. You can’t miss the house, although the number sign is a little hard to spot. The country club property is across the street, on the right.
 
Would Suit: Nocturnal sledders. The country club hill is off limits now, but people still sneak on at night.
 
Why:  Imposing from the front, but friendly and comfortable inside.
 
Why Not: No driveway. You park the car on the street behind the house, for convenience, or in the very cool garage at street level down below the house. On the other hand, walking from the garage up the lovely path to the house is not exactly a hardship.
 
NB:  Baltimore Country Club property ownership might change. Hopefully, it will stay green space, but no guarantees.


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