Hot House: 7 St. Martins Road, Baltimore 21218
Mediterranean style, center hall colonial, circa 1923, stucco with Spanish tile roof, sun porch and covered entrance, in good condition. Five bedrooms, 4.5 baths, over 3 stories and 4.517 sq. ft. with unfinished basement. Formal living and dining room with French doors, library, three fireplaces, open-plan gourmet kitchen with granite counters, Viking appliances, heated travertine floors. Family room off kitchen. Second floor ensuite master bedroom, two further bedrooms, laundry room. Original architectural details, crown moldings, arched doorways, hardwood floors throughout. Central a/c zoned. Landscaped .3 acre lot with detached two car garage and covered patio: $889,000
What: Distinctive and elegant, a Pinterest-worthy city house of Mediterranean extraction. The red tile Spanish roof gives it away, and the creamy stucco adds to the effect, as do the arched windows and doors. But basically, this is a colonial house, and it fits in well with neighboring stone tudors and Georgians to the north on St. Martins Road. The interiors have been decorated with a Spanish feeling –certainly one way to go — but it would be interesting to see what a lighter touch might do for this place. The large and welcoming kitchen is the best room in the house, with custom cabinetry and a half wall separating it from the breakfast room, nice views and light coming from French doors and the large back garden. South facing, the back is flat enough for a swingset, bright enough for roses.
Where: St. Martins is a quiet tree-lined street just off of Charles Street in Guilford. It forms a U turn leading back to Charles Street, and as a result, it gets very little traffic. Neighbors are doctors, bankers and professors — a particularly diverse and interesting group, ‘always up for a drinks party’. You can walk into Charles Village from here, to the BMA and Gertrudes, to Johns Hopkins University or to the Waverly Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. Calvert School, (grades K-8) is an easy had mile, and it’s just a mile or two north to Roland Park schools and shopping. Nicely positioned between the city and the suburbs. The Cathedral of the Incarnation, the Episcopal Cathedral in Baltimore, is just around the corner, and sets a dignified tone to the neighborhood.
Why: Grand but not grandiose.
Why Not: A little dark, like all Mediterranean style homes. You might be glad, in the glaring heat of a Baltimore summer.
Would Suit: Calvert family, downsizers, county folk who want to be a little more social.
NB: The roof is in fine condition — BUT, should it ever need work, even just a couple of tiles — read the following article about the Spanish tile roof at the Roland Park Public School very carefully, and think long and hard about your contractor.