Nice Little Starter Home In Lauraville: $215K, Includes Barn

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Hot House: 2807 Goodwood Road, Baltimore, 21214

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Wood shingle, bungalow-style house, circa 1925, with front and back porches, slate and asphalt roof. Three bedrooms, one full and one half-bath over 1,561 sq. ft. Entrance foyer, open living/dining area, large kitchen, powder room on main floor. Hardwood floors throughout, wide moldings and baseboards, original leaded glass sidelights and transom in front door.  Three upstairs bedrooms, each with large closet, updated hall bath. Partially finished basement with family room, laundry room, storage. Wood shingle barn/outbuilding in back, 22’x36′, insulated, with sink and toilet. Backyard with garden. New boiler, central a/c, on .18 acre lot: $215,000

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What: A cute, old-fashioned house at a decent price. It’s been well maintained, had some updates, and there are some nice architectural features. It was a high-end home in its day and has the quality of materials and a patina that you won’t find in new construction. Kitchen is big and bright, the bathrooms are presentable and there’s a heated marble floor in the main bath. Upstairs, there are three large bedrooms with good size closets. It would be interesting to know why this house has a barn — an early car collection? A couple of cows?  There seems to be no record and no clues. But definitely a lot of possibilities.

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Where: Lauraville is a peaceful, leafy neighborhood in northeast Baltimore, with historic designation and a variety of attractive single-family homes. It is bounded on the east by Harford Road and on the west by Mount Pleasant Park and Morgan State University. It adjoins 300 acre Herring Run Park, which offers big playing fields and beautiful running trails connecting to Lake Montebello. Despite the fact that in 1918 Lauraville residents fought hard against the building of a “negro college” (Morgan State),  the neighborhood is now happily diverse, with a growing number of young families finding it a comfortable place to live. The Hamilton Tavern is a popular gastro pub, Maggie’s Farm and Zeke’s coffee are just down the street, and there’s a great farmer’s market on Tuesdays. That said, this is not a neighborhood for those looking to make money on a quick “flip.” Property values here have been stable for a long time, but do not have dramatic increases or decreases. Best to enjoy the good value for money, and settle in for a while.

Why: Price and barn.

Why Not: No master suite.

Would Suit: Artist, mechanic, home business owner, hoarder — looking for extra space.

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  1. I live down the street in a 3 BR house with husband & 2 kids. It’s been 15 years, so more of a ‘family home’ than a starter house. This house is a nice size for a small fam.

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