HOT HOUSE: 1107 Poplar Hill Road, Baltimore, 21210.
Brick early-Victorian farmhouse, circa 1840, completely renovated, on 3.41 private wooded acres in North Roland Park. Five bedrooms, three and a half baths, with glass walled kitchen, large deck and carriage porch: $879,000
What: A cool house and an interesting historic property. In 1922, a Baltimore social worker named Hortense Eliasberg established the Happy Hills Children’s Convalescent Home here, to care for “children recovering from illness or surgery.” Charging the rock bottom price of $1.28 a day (compared to Johns Hopkins at $4.25 a day), it was nevertheless highly-regarded medically, and operated here until the early 1960’s, when it moved across Falls Road and became the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. No institutional traces remain however, and this is a unique and livable house, full of charm, that sits proudly on its three-plus acres of prime Poplar Hill real estate. The rooms are high-ceilinged and unexpectedly large, many with crown molding. The floors are hardwood, with the original random width boards in some rooms. There’s a covered porch that looks into the trees, with a drive-through for your car underneath. A wide expanse of deck adds to the treehouse aspect. Big master bedroom with modern bath. Cute third floor bath as well. Central air, zoned. Seven fireplaces, all work. Finished basement has natural light and looks like a great playroom. Detached garage with remote control doors. Very private, a little offbeat, but a find.
Where: At the tail end of Poplar Hill Road, as it meanders down towards Falls Road, almost into Mt. Washington. Heading south on Roland Avenue from Lake, take a right onto Bellemore, and the first left onto Poplar Hill Road. The house at 1107 is about a half mile down on your left. The house sits high up, a couple of streets below is Joe’s Bike Shop on Falls Road — which you do not see, but occasionally hear through the trees. The street has a claim to being the steepest hill in Baltimore, so think about that before getting out the longboard. Less than a mile from Whole Foods and Mt. Washington Village.
Why: Large, wooded property, new old house.
Why Not: City snow plows might take a while to make it through. It’s not really difficult to access, but the road gets narrow and steep here.
NB: Sources report that residents of Poplar Hill Road are well connected, and the snow always gets plowed (!)
Would Suit: Shade gardener. Self-sufficient family. Moody recluse – no one will bother you here.