Hot House: 4910 Wilmslow Road, Baltimore, MD 21210
Stucco cottage, Arts and Crafts style, circa 1920, with shingle roof and covered front porch. Five bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,344 square feet over four levels, in good condition. Original architectural detail, Georgia heart pine floors, living room fireplace, recent high velocity central A/C, landscaped yard, no garage: $465,500
What: From 1983 to 1991, this house was home to current president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, and his wife, Rula. Those were the years when Mr. Ghani was an anthropology professor at Johns Hopkins University, before he left for the World Bank and, eventually, the Presidential Palace in Kabul. It seems likely that not much has changed at 4910 since then. While the things to love about this house are big things – lots of curb appeal, stream-side setting, sound construction — there are a lot of little things that could use freshening up. It needs a first floor powder room. The washer and dryer in the kitchen window should really be relocated to a less visible space. Two of the bathrooms are circa 1960, and there aren’t many closets. But OK, it’s a century old, it’s Roland Park and it’s a good price for a substantial home.
Where: For many people, this house’s location will be a big factor in a decision to buy. Located on the corner of Stony Run and Wyndhurst Avenue, which connects Roland Avenue to Charles Street, it has the lovely prospect of a stream and a miles of woodland path at your doorstep, maintenance free. From here you can walk everywhere in Roland Park. Across Wyndhurst Avenue are the shops and pool at Wyndhurst Station. Down a wooded path are schools, public and private, Eddie’s, banks and a post office. Johnny’s and Petit Louis restaurants beckon up on Roland Avenue. Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, where Mr. Ghani taught, are a mile or two down the road. It’s quiet, and there are big trees.
Why: Lots of charm, Stony Run walking path, trout stream.
Why Not: Pink bath tiles. Green bath tiles. Knotty pine.
Would Suit: Hopkins prof. Walkers.
NB: Daily access to ReDeux, Love Me Two Times, Stony Run Home.
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