4 Charlcote Place, Guilford, Baltimore

Hot House:  Classic center hall Georgian on a beautiful street in Guilford. Seven beds, six baths, 6,500 square feet. Includes a squash court. Asking price: $1.85 million

What: Charlcote Place is one of the most beautiful streets in Baltimore. Located on the north end of Guilford, which has a range of stunningly gorgeous homes including Spanish, Colonial, Tudor, French and Georgian, as well as incredible gardens and old-growth trees. 

The architecture in this house reflects the craftsmanship of the time that it was built, in the early 1920s. Although the exact architect is not known, it might be the work of Mottu & White, who designed many similar houses in Guilford at that time. This house is full of beautiful details, generously sized rooms, hand-milled woodwork, elegant fireplaces, and much more. The living room, dining room, wood-paneled library, and club basement all have individual fireplaces. 

The kitchen, which has been updated, also has some of what looks to be the original pantry cabinets and other details. It also has a commercial Garland eight-burner range and hood, backed by the original curved-edge tilework. 

The seven light-filled bedrooms are spacious, each with its own fireplace and beautiful original hardwood floors. Many of the doors in the house retain their original rim locks. 

The owners of this house have been good stewards of it. There are a number of the original architectural details in many of the rooms, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, which are usually the first to be torn out and updated. Those are the things that make a house like this so special and unique.

The square footage of this house does not reflect the space in the basement level. The basement is completely updated and usable, with a club room, a wine cellar and most interestingly, a squash court. Given its tongue and groove ceiling, it may be original to the house. It is currently used as an indoor golf training room. 

In addition to everything else that this house offers, there is also a separate garage, beautifully landscaped grounds, several brick terraces, and a built-in barbeque grill.

Where: While this house is on Charlcote Place, it’s actually on a cul de sac tucked away off of the main Charlcote Place. It’s about a 15-minute drive straight down St. Paul Street to downtown and about ten minutes to the JFX via Cold Spring Lane. It is also convenient to the Rotunda, the shops and restaurants on Roland Avenue, and the glorious Sherwood Gardens, Charles Village, Hampden and more.

Final Appraisal: This is an elegant house with so many of the architectural details and design elements that are missing in contemporary homes. If you love classical, gracious architecture, combined with the convenience of city living, this house might be the one for you. The listing for the house is here. 

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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.