It’s the doldrums of February in the real estate market and this week yielded slim pickings in the open house department. Looking not to waste your time and gas, I only listed the two worth the drive. Happy looking.
4613 Roland Avenue
6 br/3.5 ba
This victorian in Roland Park has a nostalgic “faded southern belle” vibe. Just check out the dining room. Can’t you picture the dinner party in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” taking place right there? Unfortunately, along her many charms (the curved leaded glass window, herringbone parquet floor, and original tiling in the baths to name a few) this lady is bound to be high maintenance. Be prepared for plenty of expensive upkeep. But don’t be too hard on the old gal, at over 100 years old, she’s earned a little pampering. Visualize: sipping sweet tea on the generous front porch.
801 Key Highway
2 br/2.5 ba
Come on, aren’t you a little curious? Just what does a “Ritz Carlton Residence” look like? Well grab your chance to take a tour at the Inner Harbor location this weekend. The condominium style homes are lovely in photographs and their beauty appears to be more than skin deep. For example, kitchens are appointed with Viking appliances, custom European cabinetry and a dedicated service entrance though the pantry (creepy but cool?). Beyond the front door, the amenities of the development are endless: a marina, pool, fitness center, board room, lounge, private gardens, screening room, game room, concierge, doorman and valet parking. Kinda reads like a description of a five star hotel. Weird. On the negative side, all this luxury does not come cheap and depressing rumors of low occupancy were rife when the development opened a few years ago. I’m starting to hear, however, a buzz and that makes me think that now is the perfect time to take a peek. I’ll meet you there. Visualize: The doorman carrying in the groceries as you check on your Cinghiale reservation with the concierge.
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