HOT HOUSE: 3 Devon Hill Road, Unit #3D, Baltimore, 21210

Two bedroom, two and a half baths, 3,400 square foot luxury condo in Devon Hill, with private garden, cook’s kitchen, wine cellar: $845,000

What: In the world of Baltimore condominiums, this is the 1%.  And this particular condo is the glamour girl of Devon Hill.  Originally part of the legendary Windy Gates estate, owned by the Jenkins family, Devon Hill was developed in the early 80’s by Tony and Martin Azola, local developers much admired for their style and historic sensitivity. They turned the main building (Queen Anne, single style) into five modern condos, leaving intact many of the period details. Each condo has unique features that were part of the old house. The stone home at the entrance to the property was the gatehouse.

Unit 3D is the centerpiece of the main building, and an outstanding one at that.  It is built out in the back, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking stunning gardens, gazebo, fountains and picturesque hills of the former cow pasture. The house has a private garden that leads onto communal gardens. The unit has two levels, both beautifully decorated. The first floor has a large living and dining room area with wood-burning fireplace. It flows nicely into a family room (another fireplace)  with built-in bookcases and gourmet kitchen with top grade appliances, granite countertops, the works.  The luxurious master bedroom suite is also on the main level. Upstairs is a second bedroom and bath, plus deep closets. There is tremendous storage everywhere and a separate laundry room, 10’ ceilings, hardwood floors throughout, new heating and air conditioning – this is a true gem.

Where: Devon Hill is a quiet community of high end condos off of Lake Avenue in Baltimore. As you drive down Lake towards Falls Road, Devon Hill Road is the next left after the Boys’ Latin School.  Down on Falls Road, you have Pepe’s, the Ivy Bookshop, and Whole Foods just minutes away, plus access to both I-83 and Charles Street.

Why: Ease and convenience. Baltimore County taxes.  No yard maintenance, no security issues, just turn the key and head for the south of France. Unusually beautiful grounds. Posh atmosphere.

Why Not: Because you’d miss the lawn and gutter guys.

Would Suit: Sophisticated retirees.

NB:  Two bedrooms is not a lot of rooms for people planning on visitors — say returning children (with boyfriends) or grandchildren.