Hot House: 215 Longwood Road, Roland Park, Baltimore MD 21210
Colonial Revival, circa 1913, stucco with slate roof, multiple porches, balconies, widow’s walk. Six bedrooms, 3 full, 2 half baths over 10,600 sq. ft., includes finished basement. Recent renovation, with many original architectural details. Eat-in kitchen, granite counters, good storage, master bedroom suite with two dressing rooms, glass shower, upstairs laundry. Third floor office space with balcony. New boiler, zone heating, outdoor lighting and speakers, central a/c. Double lot of .66 acres, two car garage, front yard irrigation, stone hardscaping: $1,200,000 *
What: One of those extremely pretty Roland Park houses where passersby linger longingly out front, whispering that they might change the color of the impatiens… (it’s ok, we’ve all been that person). It’s hard to find much to complain about here. The house has tons of curb appeal, a center hall colonial with elegant portico, wide eves and porches. Built for Paul Haupt, a renowned biblical scholar, Johns Hopkins Professor of Semitic Languages, and assyriologist — who arrived in 1883 from Leipzig, Germany, and whose background may have influenced the house’s elegant European aspect. Baltimore builder and historic property developer Sam Himmelrich also lived and raised a family here. Dining room on the left, living room with fireplace and long window seat on the right. Kitchen in the back, with a sunny patio off the kitchen. Upstairs are the bedrooms, a luxurious master suite with sitting room, walk-in closets. Convenient upstairs laundry. Big windows, lots of light and very pretty grounds — landscaped, with a big side yard, wide driveway and trees.
Where: 215 is at far end of Longwood Road, which starts just south of the Roland Park Library and runs west, ending in a quiet cul-de-sac, where a walking path continues on down the hill. Back in 1910, Longwood Road presented the greatest challenge of any street in Roland Park for Olmstead company builders, located as it is on the side of a cliff that rises nearly a hundred feet above Falls Road. Several houses on the north side are virtually carved into the cliff. This one, on the south side sits well up on top, with far reaching views. It feels secluded, but the neighborhood is actually very welcoming, and a recent turnover has provided lots of kids. Private and public schools on Roland Avenue and beyond are very walkable for older kids. Eddie’s shopping center, library and post office, Wyndhurst Station , Roland Park pool, Johnny’s/Petit Louis all within a mile – with sidewalks.
Would Suit: Family with rambunctious children to keep it real.
Why: Widow’s walk on top handy for midnight pacing while waiting for teenagers to come home.
Why not: A large lot by Roland Park standards, it is partially wooded and gently sloped. Back yard drops off steeply. If you absolutely need a large flat area for serious ball playing, it might not work. Fine for swing set though (already in place, along with electric dog fence).
NB: Servants bells in house actually work — imagine the fun.
* House just went under contract, so if you’re interested, don’t wait.
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