Hot House: 2402 Kentucky Avenue, Baltimore, 21213
Stucco house circa 1930 with slate roof, in good condition and recently remodeled. Three bedrooms, two full baths over 2,304 sq. ft. with finished basement. Nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace in living room, arched doorways, stained glass. Modern kitchen with granite countertops. Central air, radiator and radiant heat. Heated sun porch with wood ceiling. One-car detached garage on .12 acres: $199,900
What: With lots of character and a nice paint job, this house practically sells itself. It actually has, after just a few weeks on the market, but the contract has a contingency clause, so the lucky buyer will have to sell their current home to close the deal. It’s not big, with 700 of its 2,300 sq ft. in the basement, but there’s plenty of room for a family and the layout is practical. A good-sized breakfast room has a kitchen cut-out that’s strangely small — it could easily be widened to become a breakfast bar. The bedrooms upstairs are nothing special, but have decent closets. Bathrooms are updated and everything is it move in-condition. Keep an eye on it.
Where: Mayfield is a small neighborhood of well-kept homes, whose architectural quality and variety has earned it historic preservation status. Squeezed between two large parks — Herring Run Park and Lake Montebello — it’s a family-friendly place. Kids attend Montebello Elementary Middle or St. Francis of Assisi schools. Block parties and community projects are spearheaded by a strong Mayfield Improvement Association. The track around Lake Montebello is awesome for walkers, runners, and bikers, with nesting herons and amazing sunset views. Two miles from the Waverly Farmer’s market, Mayfield is a 10-minute drive to both Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Why: Small town feel in the heart of town.
Why Not: Back yard could use some lawn work.
Would Suit: City family that wants good access but a little distance from downtown.
NB: Wouldn’t come to Mayfield for the night life, though Hamilton Tavern’s just over on Harford Road.