Hot House: 1926 Ruxton Road, Baltimore, MD 21204
Stucco manor house with slate roof, circa 1903, fully and well-modernized. Seven bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 6,030 square feet, over three stories. 10’ ceilings, grand two-story entrance foyer, multiple fireplaces, long bay windows with window seats, gourmet kitchen, family room addition, many original architectural details. Covered wrap-around front porch, views over private landscaped grounds, 50’x15′ heated pool, hot tub, mature trees, stone gazebo with slate roof: $1,950,000
What: Time for a change…your horizons are expanding. You’re making your mark on Baltimore – and beyond. That Federal Hill townhouse that seemed so urbane to you as a young couple, or that sweet starter house you were once so proud of, has started to look cramped and insignificant. The kids don’t care about the awesome bar around the corner – they want lots of rooms, a yard to explore with friends, and room to throw a baseball. You want a house for the next 25 years, and you’re willing to splash out. Here’s one for you, where wide bluestone walkways and a generous covered porch welcome you to the good life in Ruxton. Where ornate fireplaces, carved moldings, tall windows and leaded glass lend glamour and charm. But also where a big, modern, cherry-granite-stainless kitchen, a mud room with built-ins, and a family-room off the pool make it a ‘gotta have.’ The front entrance is lovely, and features an unusual French style screen door along with leaded glass sidelights and transom. Nice wet bar/butler’s pantry. Hardwood floors throughout the house are Douglas fir. Master bedroom suite is large and airy with dressing room and closets, and there’s a large third floor playroom. Radiator heat and central A/C.
Where: A private drive leading off of Ruxton Road, with no other homes visible. Feels like the country, but, in fact, civilization is close at hand. Barely five minutes to Graul’s and the shops at Ruxton Station. A 25-minute drive downtown, 20 minutes to Hunt Valley, and just 10 minutes to York Road, Towson Town Center, and more. Send the children to high-achieving Riderwood public school, or opt to go private — still just a short drive away.
Would Suit: Well-funded young family, looking for an impressive nest to found a dynasty.
Why: Says ‘taste and style’ — so you don’t have to.
Why Not: Gold metal trim in master bath – a personal ‘blech….’
NB: A lot of high quality improvements have been made in the past year or so. New windows, new porch roof, new copper caps on chimneys, new pool heater and pump system, new carpets upstairs, etc. This, and its stucco construction should keep the house maintenance-free for quite awhile.