Imagine you have $599,000 to spend on a house and you can’t decide between living in Baltimore City or Baltimore County. These two houses are a snapshot of what the market looks like right now. Have a look, there are more photos online. Tell us what you think, and what your considerations would be. Only one can win …
Hot House #1: 314 Northfield Place, Baltimore 21210
French Provencal style home, circa 1929, in stucco with slate roof. Four bedrooms, three and a half baths over 3,015 sq. ft., in fair condition. Hardwood floors, fireplace, marble bath, master suite, basement bar. Landscaped .3 acre lot with detached two-car garage: $599,000
What: A Pinterest worthy mini-chateau, with lots of style and a great patina. It needs new paint and some updating but is not decrepit.
Where: Keswick, the Roland Park neighborhood south of Cold Spring Lane (Roland Park Elementary/ Middle School district). Walk to Miss Shirley’s, Evergreen Cafe, Loyola University.
Why: Head turning.
Why Not: Needs work, no a/c.
A few miles up Charles Street, for the same price (although recently reduced), a very different house is for sale in Ruxton. This Cape Cod house is bigger than it looks and has been recently renovated.
Hot House #2: 1502 Berwick Road, Ruxton, 21204
Cape Cod style house, circa 1933, wood frame with shingle roof. Four bedrooms, three full baths, 1,822 sq feet. Recently updated, with new windows, central air, whole house generator, irrigation system, one-car garage with an electric charging station, .4 acre lot: $569,500 (reduced from $599,000)
What: A light, airy practical house, in move-in condition. Three ground-floor bedrooms and large second-floor rec room, plus unfinished basement.
Where: In the heart of Ruxton, near the village center. Riderwood Elementary, Dumbarton Middle, Towson High public schools. Walk to Graul’s.
Why: A good choice for downsizers because much of it is on one level.
Why Not: Street is narrow.