Hot House: 112 Ridgewood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210

Shingle-style colonial, circa 1907, recently renovated. Three stories with slate roof, multiple back porches, large finished basement/rec with bedroom and full bath. Five bedrooms, five baths over 4,387 sq. ft. Grand entrance hall, living room with gas fireplace, French doors to sun porch. Dining room with breakfast nook opens to  gourmet kitchen. Second floor has master suite with marble bath, walk in closet, office, laundry room, second bedroom with full bath. Central air. Landscaped .55 acre level lot with basketball court and 2-car detached garage: $1,195,000.

What: A stately, shingle style house — not quite a mansion by the standard of its neighbors, but a majestic presence from its south-facing back, with multiple porches and a long expanse of lawn. In summer the trees create a haven for birds. Winters feature dramatic sunsets over the ridge. A high-quality renovation a few years back retained lots of architectural detail–wide moldings and baseboards, arched entrance, oversize windows–all in mint condition. Inside, it’s warm and comfortable with lots of sun. Generous proportions and high ceilings keep the traditional layout feeling open and modern. The second floor master has a nice office, with doors opening onto, yes, a porch.

Where: Heading south on Roland Avenue, Ridgewood Road is just before Cold Spring Lane. It’s a tranquil one way street which runs west and ends at Oakdale Road. Some of Roland Park’s finest homes are here, including the former Stieff mansion “Chrogi” next door. It’s a nice walk along wide, tree-lined sidewalks over to St. David’s Church and Nursery School, Petit Louis and Johnny’s restaurants, and another half mile to Eddie’s Market, the shops of Roland Park, the public library and schools. Head the other way and you can walk to Miss Shirley’s, or down into Hampden.

Why: Way classier than a county McMansion.

Why Not: You’ll get some traffic noise from Cold Spring Lane

Would Suit: Summer porch parties, music drifting over the back yard, clinking glasses …

NB: There are lots of young families in the neighborhood, and this place feels like a kid magnet.

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