Hot House: 101 Stratford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
Spanish Colonial Revival house, circa 1925, designed by Laurence Hall Fowler in stucco with Spanish tile roof. Three bedrooms, 4.5 baths over two stories and 5,089 sq. ft. Partially finished basement. Hardwood floors, nine-foot ceilings, wood-paneled arched entry, crown moldings, three gas fireplaces. Large living and dining rooms, both with fireplace and french doors to private courtyard with swimming pool. Kitchen with butler’s pantry opens to family room. Main-floor library and bedroom with full bath. Large second-floor master suite with fireplace, dressing room, bath with separate tub. Sauna. Central a/c, two-car attached garage. One acre, landscaped grounds with rose garden: $1,150,000
What: Half the fun of this house will be deciding how to decorate. Stylish in its day and beautifully cared for, it is time for some major cosmetic work. Call Farrow and Ball! New exterior trim…Robin’s egg blue? Dove grey? Shiny black? Out with the wall-to-wall! Refinish the floors! Cool bathroom wallpaper! It’s all waiting for you. Here’s how Michelle Obama’s decorator did it in Majorca. When you’re done, you will have one of the prettiest houses in Guilford, and a full one-acre garden to play in (see money shot below). It has great bones, with architect Laurence Fowler’s signature restrained touch and quality build, designed in 1925 for a couple who wanted a copy of a house they had visited in the Mediterranean. The living room descends a few step from the entrance hall, and is very grand. There are many ways to go here. A piece of Majorca — or Beverly Hills — in Baltimore.
Where: In the heart of Guilford, Baltimore’s grandest neighborhood. A short walk from the lovely Sherwood Gardens, and just over a mile to Johns Hopkins Homewood campus and Charles Village.
Why: Warm and romantic. Potential to be a complete stunner.
Why Not: Some work involved to get there. Pool is not large.
Would Suit: Californians, pink house fanciers.