Hot House: 509 Hawthorn Road, Baltimore, 21210

Victorian-style cedar shingle house, circa 1900, complete and recent renovation inside and out. Four to five bedrooms, three full and one half bath over 3,326 sq. ft. with a semi-finished basement. New asphalt shingle roof 2011, new mains water line, all new Marvin windows, exterior and interior paint.  Open living dining room with built-in office. New kitchen with Silestone island and counters, main floor laundry room off kitchen.  Large master suite with custom dressing room. All new bathrooms with glass showers, separate tub. Central air, whole house security system, generator.  Fenced backyard with 2-car parking pad on .25 acre property: $899,000

What: The elusive dream of old house charm with a new interior. There actually have been too many upgrades to list here, but the owner has them documented, with an impressive four-page list of improvements over the past few years. The galley-style kitchen has been moved from the back of the house, to span the entire side. It is accessible from the open living and dining rooms as well as the sunny laundry room. Where the kitchen was, there’s now a cozy family room and a corner office. The magic continues upstairs, with a luxurious master suite — separate marble sinks, glass shower, big closet/dressing room. Across the hall, a child’s bedroom with separate playroom and bath. The third floor has a few more bedrooms with potential to be a serious workspace, and a third full, new bath. Pin It.

Where: Hawthorn Road is just east of Roland Avenue and south of Wyndhurst Avenue. It is a wide, attractive street with big trees, highly walkable to the public and private schools of Roland Park, as well as the shops, restaurants, library and popular community swimming pool. The street is located in Plat 1, the first part of Roland Park to be built, in the late 1890s (401 Hawthorn was the very first lot, according to this Baltimore Sun photo). The walking path along the stream at Stony Run is a block or so east.

Would Suit: GenXers with iGeners.

Why: A lot of money spent on it — so you don’t have to.

Why Not: No garage.

NB: Hawthorn is a quiet street, but #509 is one house in from Wyndhurst Avenue, which can get busy at school drop-off time.

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