Hot House: 43 Waterview Road, Dundalk, Baltimore County, MD 21222 Wood frame bungalow, circa 1953, with asphalt shingle roof. Three bedrooms, 2 full baths over 1,222 sq. ft. Two levels with unfinished basement. Updated kitchen with granite counter, new appliances. Living room with gas fireplace, sliding doors to deck with water views. New heating system and central a/c. Street parking. Deep water dock and mooring on Bear Creek, with concrete bulkhead and ramp on .15 acre lot: $259,000
What: The next big thing, maybe. The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation has just launched a new advertising campaign designed to attract homebuyers to Dundalk’s 43 miles of waterfront property. The slogan, “Live The Unexpected” is a bit mysterious, but whatever, there are real reasons that Dundalk may be an attractive real estate option in the years to come. There’s the affordability, life on the water, sense of community, and new jobs on the horizon (Amazon warehouses a few miles away) …. The water’s not the cleanest, but “plans are underway.” An empty quarter acre lot, on the water, with nice views and a dock is $140K. This house is $259K. The prices are hard to beat, and if you’re not too fussy about the industrial surround, the nearness of neighbors, or the dubious water quality, it just might work.
Number 43 Waterview Road is not exactly a beauty, but it could easily be cute. It’s in a tidy neighborhood of small homes, very near the Sparrows Point Country Club, where Bethlehem Steel executives used to romp. In fact, just across the water is the country club golf course. From the back deck, looking out over your own dock at the wide expanse of water, feeling the warm sun on your face and thinking about crabs, it’s pretty attractive. Entrance is on the side of the house, through a little porch to a kitchen/living combo. New Pergo floors, updated kitchen, fresh paint. Also on the main level are two bedrooms and the full bath. One bedroom is on the second floor. The second full bath is in the unfinished basement, which has a walkout under the deck into the back yard.
Where: From north Baltimore, take 695E to exit 40/North Point Blvd., which is the main drag in Dundalk (MD-151). After three miles take a right onto Wise Avenue, and in .7 miles, a left onto Waterview Road. Perry Point is the name of the subdivision. Dundalk, especially since the loss of the steel business, has been plagued with crime, drugs and an industrial wasteland image — not to mention an accent. But maybe it’s time has come.
Why: Because living on the water is your dream, and Bethany isn’t going to happen for you anytime soon.
Why Not: There’s a lot grim industrial landscape out here. Dundalk may not be quite ready for prime time…
Would Suit: Not Ready For Prime Time players
NB: House is being sold “as is.” Realtor says this refers to “just little odds and ends” that seller doesn’t want to take care of himself.