Hot House: 3711 Clipper Road, Baltimore, 21211
Stone mill house, attached, circa 1846, with front porch, well and completely renovated. About 2,230 sq. ft. over three stories, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 fireplaces, hardwood floors. Kitchen with soapstone counters and sink, stainless steel appliances. Master bedroom with large walk-in closet and dressing room. Unfinished basement. House is wired and cable ready. Professional landscaping, pond, fenced back yard, parking pad for 3 cars: $385,000 (ask about Homestead Tax Credit).
What: This is the largest house in Woodberry, once the home of the Woodberry Mill overseer, who lived here with his 12 children. At some point, the house was divided, and this is the larger part (so probably 7 children, max… ). A nice renovation has made the most of the place. It was appraised this year at 415K, so the ask is actually below appraisal. Downstairs are living room, dining room and kitchen, plus a comfortable family room with fireplace and south-facing windows. There is a full bath on each floor. The master bedroom has a dressing room and a large walk-in closet. The back deck looks out over a pretty yard, narrow and deep. In the evening, Woodberry feels like its back in the 19th century — except for the parking lot over at Spike’s place.
Where: Woodberry is comprised of five tiny neighborhoods: Woodberry/TV Hill, Park Hill, Greenspring Trails, Brick Hill and Clipper Mill (the Woodberry Kitchen enclave). It pre-dates Hampden by about 40 years, and is geographically isolated enough that there is still a rural feeling here. The beautiful Shiloh Church, built in 1850, and still visible from I-83, was once the community house of worship. A small, shady 13-acre park with a small jogging track, benches, a community garden and a lovely children’s playground is just behind this house, which is the last house on the road. You can walk the dogs right out the back door, through the woods to the Jones Falls trail and on into Druid Hill Park. To get there, take Union Avenue west from Falls Road in Hampden. Follow Union under the underpass, over the railroad tracks and make an immediate right onto Clipper Road. Drive right past the ‘do not enter sign’. It’s a short walk to Woodberry Kitchen and the Woodberry Light Rail station.
Why: Great character, cool neighborhood, country living with city convenience.
Why Not: House is hard by the Light Rail tracks and the Rt. 83 overpass, but surprisingly neither one is very noticeable and kind of adds to the offbeat charm.
Would Suit: Buyer, maybe an artist, looking for historic interest but not a fixer-upper.
NB: The back garden has a 200 year old grapevine, with a claim to being the oldest grapevine in Baltimore
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