1013 Poplar Hill Road, Poplar Hill, Baltimore
Hot House: Lawrence Hall Fowler-designed house in popular Poplar Hill. 5 bedrooms/5 baths on 4,000 square feet. Asking price: $1.15 million.
What: Lawrence Hall Fowler is one of Baltimore’s many significant early 20th century architects, known for works such as the War Memorial Building, Calvert School and the Hall of Records in Annapolis, as well as several of the most beautiful homes in Guilford and Roland Park. This beautiful Normandy-style stucco house, tucked away in Poplar Hill, is a stellar example of his residential work.
Built in 1928, a time when homes exuded craftsmanship and style, this house is basically a right angle with its axis formed by the entrance. As you enter the house, the staircase sweeps around you, rising to the second floor. A beautiful living room, enhanced by a working fireplace and several sets of French doors, is to your right. From there, head to the elegant dining room, and then into the eat-in kitchen, complete with heated floors and a new window wall with a balcony, all overlooking the mature woods and the terraced lawns.
The second floor contains the main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom featuring a heated marble floor. Two other bedrooms and baths are adjacent to the main bedroom. A suite with a bedroom and bath can either be accessed through the main hallway, or a separate entrance from the driveway.
The lower level holds an additional bedroom or sitting room, with an entrance from one of several patios. There is also a large laundry room and another room which could be used as a workout room or a studio. A two-car garage completes the lower level space.
The property features many, many mature plantings, including trees and shrubbery, on terraced lawns. Additionally, there is a garden folly where you can sit and enjoy your surroundings, and there are no worries about parking due to the circular driveway.
Where: Poplar Hill is just north of Roland Park, south of Lake Avenue and between Roland Avenue and Falls Road. Most of the houses were built in the 1920s and represent some of the best in the city. Poplar Hill is convenient to the Whole Foods and Starbucks at Mount Washington Mill, and to the shops and library on Roland Avenue. Several public and private schools are within a ten-minute drive.
Final Appraisal: Every house that Lawrence Hall Fowler designed is a gem. The details, the features and the timelessness all combine to make these houses treasures. There are not loads of LHF houses still in existence, and when they come on the market, discerning buyers snap them up. This house is a classic. The listing for the house is here.