1608 Ruxton Road, Baltimore, MD 21204

Hot House: Cottage in the heart of Ruxton, with three apartments. Eight bedrooms/six baths on one acre. Asking price: $945,000. 

What: This cottage, nestled in the heart of Ruxton is deceptive. It looks compact from the outside, but inside it has eight bedrooms and six baths. It has four separate living units, from the owner’s suite on the ground floor to two apartments on the second floor and one on the third floor. It sits on nearly an acre of land, just off of Ruxton Road.

Built in 1842, the cottage retains many of the original decorative details, including now-painted cedar-shake shingle and a Vermont slate roof, as well as custom mill-work throughout. A circular driveway, beautiful lawn and old-growth trees complete the picture.

The ground-floor owner’s suite includes a living room (with adjacent bar), dining room, two bedrooms, a den/bedroom, two full bathrooms, a country kitchen with an eating area, a screened porch and sunroom. The foyer provides access to all of the living spaces.  

The second floor contains two full apartments, which, along with the apartment on the third floor, can be re-assembled back into making the house one complete unit. Each apartment has its own kitchen, bathrooms, living space and bedrooms. The third bedroom, also accessed by the main foyer, has a two-bed/two-bath apartment. Please see the floorplan photo for the exact layout. 

Where: The cottage is on Ruxton Road, just a short walk from Graul’s Market and all of the shops in Ruxton Village. If you’re more of an Eddie’s or Giant person, it’s a seven-minute drive up Bellona Avenue to Charles Street, and just a little further to the Giant on York Road. The house is close to numerous private schools and is in the Riderwood/Dumbarton/Towson school district, as well as the county seat of Towson.  

Final Appraisal: Appearances can be deceiving. This cottage, which appears to be fairly small, actually is quite spacious. If you’re looking to live in a great area and garnish some income from your home, this cottage with three apartments might just be the house from you. The listing for the house is here. 

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.