Spring has sprung and both flowers and for sale signs are popping up all over town. The increased real estate inventory has made for something new in my Open House picks this week: houses with no “buts.” Let me explain. Rather than the usual “this would be great if you repainted ($)” or “this would be great with a new kitchen ($$$$),” these two homes are perfectly fresh and pretty, as is. Just move in and maybe plant a few tulip bulbs for next spring. Happy looking.
121 Upnor Road
3br/2.5 ba
Open Sunday, April 15, 1 – 3 p.m.

What’s not to love about Homeland? Classic architecture, impeccably maintained homes, manicured lawns and a location convenient to everything. This colonial has all that going for it and more. When I say colonial here, I really mean colonial. The house was built in 1800 and comes with the bragging rights of being the sole surviving structure of the original Perine estate on which Homeland was built. Fear not the old, however, nor the musty nor the outdated. Everything here has been meticulously remodeled circa 2006. A soothing palette, fresh kitchen and luxurious master bath mingle well with original hardware and deep windowsills. Oh, did I mention two of the bedrooms have original fireplaces? How about that it sits on nearly an acre of landscaped perfection? OK, I’ll stop. Visualize: Doing whatever you want – all your house chores are checked off.

303 Goodwood Gardens
$ 790,000
6 br/3.5 ba 
Open Sunday, April 15, 1 – 3 p.m.

With its generous front porch, detailed architecture and tony Goodwood Gardens address, this house is as Roland Park as Roland Park gets. Inside, the home exudes an intellectual vibe with its tastefully collected rather than forcefully designed decor. Everything looks well-maintained and the original hardwood floors, paneling and leaded glass windows blend well with modern touches like recessed lighting. Weighing in at six bedrooms, this is clearly a great house for a family. I am already daydreaming of the things I could do to that darling dormered playroom. Visualize: Taking music at the Peabody. The listing photos are littered with cellos, I humbly suggest you continue the tradition.