Hot House: 5413 Grindon Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21214
Wood frame bungalow, circa 1926, with front porch and back deck, in excellent condition. Four bedrooms, two full baths over two stories and 1,313 sq. ft., with full, unfinished basement. Many recent updates in 2017-2018 including new roof, new furnace, remodeled bathroom, french drain and sump pump, large fenced garden with raised beds. Tool shed, above-ground pool, fully fenced yard. .25 acre lot: $224,900
Open House: Sunday, June 24, 12-2PM
What: Hamilton, like Hampden and other mid-priced Baltimore neighborhoods, is full of recently-flipped houses. Pieced together from Lumber Liquidators, Home Depot and Craig’s List, their surface bling sometimes hides low-grade flooring, mismatched hardware, a leaky roof. This house is not one of them. Its recent upgrades have been done, thoughtfully and well, by the owners for themselves. The garden, with its raised beds and pretty fencing, will tempt even the most committed Whole Foods customer to scatter a few seeds. The pool is nicely maintained and, (no above-ground pool snobs, please) looks like a ton of fun. You can keep an eye on things from the covered and terraced back deck, or the kitchen window. The house is small but doesn’t feel cramped. A family room and office on the main floor could be third and fourth bedrooms. The closets in the upstairs bedrooms are surprisingly large, and the newly updated bath feels luxurious. A few window units, and the pool, keep it cool.
Where: Grindon Avenue is on the northern border of Hamilton-Lauraville, a block or two from the Mt. Pleasant (public) Golf Course and the Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena. It’s a six-minute drive to the neighborhood’s main street, Harford Road, where charming local institutions like the Tuesday Farmer’s Market (opens at 4 p.m.), the Hamilton Tavern, the Red Canoe coffee and bookshop and the Silver Queen restaurant bump up against Safeway and Pep Boys. This video by Live Baltimore will get you psyched to live in the neighborhood. Hamilton Elementary Middle School has been climbing steadily in school ratings. Also, lots of people use The Green School on Kentucky Avenue in nearby Mayfield.
Why: Awesome garden, super-cute house.
Why Not: No original wood floors, no garage.
Would Suit: Young professionals, urban homesteaders.
NB: Owners “never have to buy fresh vegetables in the summer,” thanks to the raised-bed garden.