206 W. Seminary Avenue, Lutherville.

Hot House: The real deal farmhouse in Lutherville. Cedar shake siding; enclosed
sunporch; 4 beds/3 baths; 2200 square feet. Asking price: $574,900.

What: When you see newly-built farmhouse-style homes, this is what they aspire to be. But they frequently miss the mark because the fine craftsmanship and original details in old farmhouses are missing. But this farmhouse is the real deal, built in 1910 in the historic village of Lutherville.

Situated on Seminary Avenue, this brown cedar-shake shingle house with its cheery red shutters and covered front porch welcomes anyone who appreciates a historic home. You enter immediately into the sunny living room with a gas fireplace (so convenient!) and beautiful inlaid hardwood floors. The dining room features a sparkling crystal chandelier to
add some elegance to the space, as well as a bay window with space for a window seat, and inlaid hardwood floors.

The kitchen, with its adjacent butler’s pantry, features new flooring, appliances, and a gas cooking range. The pantry is filled with glass-fronted cabinets and plenty of storage for your collection of grandma’s best china. There is also a covered porch off the kitchen, which leads to the back yard.

The staircase to the second floor has three lovely little leaded glass windows on the landing. There are three light-filled bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor. A back staircase leads to the third floor with another bedroom or office space, and a walk-in cedar closet and a walk-in attic.

The house sits on a half-acre and is perfect for someone who wants to create their own sustainable vegetable garden or have plenty of room for children to play. There is a private driveway from Seminary Avenue and plenty of surfaced parking friends and family. Although this house is in the middle of everything, it’s also surrounded by trees and hedges and is quite private.

Where: This stretch of Seminary Avenue in Lutherville is home to numerous Victorian farmhouses and historic homes which make up the historic district of the neighborhood. It’s just off Bellona Avenue, with easy access to Charles Street, York Road and the Beltway. Historic Lutherville is an active neighborhood which takes pride in its history.

Final Appraisal: If you’re looking for a farmhouse, buy the real deal, not some faux farm version! With Baltimore County lowering the bar for owning chickens, you can exercise your farming muscles and grow your own organic chickens and vegetables. 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.