Hot House: 206 Chancery Road, Guilford, Baltimore 21218
L-shaped brick Georgian style house, circa 1920, with slate roof. Six bedrooms, 3.5 baths over three stories and 3,080 sq. ft. Hardwood floors throughout, 9-ft. ceilings, three fireplaces. Good condition but needs updating. Main floor living, dining, kitchen, den, sunroom. Three second-floor bedrooms, ensuite master with fireplace and French doors to covered porch on second floor. Three further bedrooms on third floor. Unfinished basement, central a/c, .22 acre lot: $615,000
What: A formal city house with a reserved, English look, that needs some work to make it family friendly. It has nice bones, with tall chimneys, peaked gables and arched windows. Inside, there are elegant, high-ceilinged rooms and original architectural details in trims and moldings. There is a pretty glassed-in sunroom, but it’s not insulated, and feels cold. A cozy den at the back of the house has a fireplace, and would make a nice family room. The kitchen has been updated, but not well. A pantry feels tacked on, and there is cheap cabinetry. A back stairway is very strangely accessed through a powder room, where awkward encounters seem guaranteed. Upstairs, the bedrooms are large with high-ceilings. The master has a fireplace and French doors to a large, covered porch with railings. The master bath has two doors – one into the bedroom and one into the hall. The bathrooms are not luxurious, but perfectly fine. One has a walk-in bathtub. The third floor bedrooms are roomy and charming , with slanted ceilings and window nooks. There is a storage room on the third floor, too.
Where: Chancery Road is a quiet street in Guilford, off Greenway. The houses — small city mansions, really — are fairly close together, in a comfortable way that doesn’t feel crowded. The beautiful Sherwood Park is just around the corner, and Wyman Park is across University Parkway. Johns Hopkins University and Charles Village are an easy walk from here, as is the nearby Calvert School. The realtor’s listing suggests walking to Waverly Farmer’s Market, but it’s more than a half mile, which is a long walk back with a sack of vegetables. Easy to get downtown via Charles Street — avoiding highway traffic.
Why: Distinguished street presence. Morning coffee on second floor porch.
Why Not: Kids running “accidentally” down the back stairs into bathroom while sibling is using the toilet – ensuing screams.
Would Suit: Family rich in large armoires – tiny closets in every bedroom.
NB: The yard would be small for active children — no room for a swing set or ballgame – but it has some nice old trees and plantings.