Hot House: 3432 Keswick Road, Baltimore, 21211

Light-filled end-of-group with open floor plan. Great first floor with sweet front porch, bright living room, separate dining room, spacious white kitchen with ample cabinet space, luxury counters, subway tile backsplash, and gray herringbone floor. Lower level has 7+ foot ceilings, bonus family room with natural light, and a large full bathroom. Second and third floors have three bedrooms, large renovated full bathroom, and second-floor laundry room. Rear deck leads to yard and parking pad. Many upgrades throughout.  $269,900

What: All of the fun, but none of the hard work of living on 34th Street! This house is literally just around the corner from the Miracle on 34th Street, perfect for entertaining friends who want to see Baltimore’s holiday lights extravaganza known internationally for its decorations and festive atmosphere. 

This end-of-group three-bedroom, two-bath rowhouse has been entirely renovated by the former owners, with a brand new kitchen, newly renovated bathrooms, and a second-floor laundry room. The south-facing windows brighten this house. It’s a typical Hampden rowhouse with bedrooms on the second and third floors, but it also has a bedroom below grade, making it perfect for a small family or a young couple. There is no lawn to mow, freeing up time to spend in the fun shops, bars and restaurants all within easy walking distance. The front has a lovely tree, providing shade and privacy, and the back has a deck and a parking pad. There is plenty of room for entertaining family and friends who come to see 34th Street, or the annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade, which ends a few blocks away.

Where: The house is on the east side of Hampden, on Keswick Road, catty-corner to The Castle, the former Northern District/Hampden Police Station built in 1899, just a half a block from the Miracle on 34th Street and convenient to the shops, bars, and restaurants in Hampden, as well as the Rotunda. Walking distance to Johns Hopkins University. Many public and private schools are nearby. A short drive south on Keswick to I-83 to downtown. A block away from the Stony Run Trail for running, or walking the dog.

Final Appraisal: You have to love the spirit of the Miracle on 34th Street to live in this house as there will be crowds every evening from just after Thanksgiving until early January. And since you’re not on 34th Street, you can enjoy the lights but have none of the work of outfitting your house nor the expense of paying the BGE bill. With the location and the upgrades made by the seller, this one checks all the boxes. View the listing here.

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.