Hot House: 213 Goodale Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
English village-style house in brick, circa 1930, with slate roof and copper trim. Six bedrooms, four full and two half baths over over four levels. 4,850 sq. feet with finished basement. Entrance hall, living room with french doors, fireplace and window seat, paneled library, sunroom with doors to double patio. Hardwood floors throughout. Renovated master bath with custom desk and cabinetry. Bathrooms remodeled. Bedroom closets added. New central air, two-car garage, extensive professional landscaping, on a .26-acre lot: $1,350,000
What: When the current owner moved here from London with her three children, Homeland’s English-inspired architecture and landscaping immediately struck a chord. This house, with its Norman roof, copper-trimmed bay window and solid brick-and-slate construction, felt at once cozy and distinguished.
But inside, the look is edgy London in its use of color and design — virtually a poster for the cool possibilities of a traditional home. First, the owner addressed all the basic, remedial improvements that don’t show, but cost a lot: A new sewer line. Galvanized pipes replaced with copper. Complete upgrades to electrical and plumbing. Repairs and replacements for roof slates and copper gutters. French drains installed in the basement. Landscaping. Closets. These are the things that will, and should, most appeal to a buyer.
The deep brown dining room, turquoise library and checkerboard kitchen tile lend the house a sense of fun that makes it feel way younger than its years.
Where: Goodale Road runs off of Charles Street and ends in the pretty cul-de-sac of Goodale Place. It’s a quiet street with wide sidewalks that make walking with dogs and strollers a pleasure. Many schools are within a walkable distance from here, including Friends School, School of the Cathedral, Roland Park Public, Roland Park Country, Bryn Mawr and Gilman. Minutes away are Belvedere Square to the east and Roland Park to the west for coffee and groceries. It’s a very popular neighborhood for young families.
Why: Aside from the obvious, this house has the possibility — a rare one in Homeland houses — of having a very large kitchen without a time-and-money-consuming build-out. Two pantries and a mudroom off the kitchen could very easily be combined into the open-plan, eat-in kitchen many buyers want. And renovating within the home’s original footprint generally costs 50 percent less.
Why Not: If you absolutely need a big backyard (for lacrosse practice and such), this may not do it. Most of the acreage here is in the front, although the back is perfect for entertaining.
Would Suit: Young family who wants city amenities, classy surroundings and “super nice neighbors.”
NB: A linen closet on the grand second-floor landing has a wall of labeled keys for various bedrooms and cabinets in the house, each with the names of a prior generation’s occupants (i.e. “Dickie’s bedroom,” “Libby’s closet,” etc.).