Hot House: 4406 Greenway, Baltimore, 21218
Scottish style manor house in need of renovation. Circa 1917, frame with stone and stucco exterior, slate roof. Six bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4,299 sq. ft over 3 stories. Large mahogany-paneled living room with tall fireplace, bow- windows with window seat. All original architectural details. Hardwood floors throughout. Copper gutters, stonework, two-car garage, unfinished basement, attic, central zoned a/c, .39 acre lot. $649,500
What: On the market just one week, this grand old house now has an offer pending, and has been taken off the market. But things happen in real estate. Even if it can’t be yours yet, it’s worth taking a closer look at this unusual manor house built by the Reeves family of Baltimore, and lived in by them for nearly a century. “If this house could talk, it would have the best stories in Guilford,” says a longtime neighbor. Charlie Reeves lived in this house for his entire 92 years on this earth. He was a legendary raconteur, a confirmed bachelor and a beloved figure of Baltimore society who died in June of last year at the age of 92. A terrific obituary by Jacques Kelly in the Baltimore Sun gives details of a life well-lived.
In 2014, Mr. Reeves donated his impressive collection of paintings by Maryland artists to the Calvert School, where he graduated in the class of 1935. He was a generous patron of many local charities, in particular the church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where he was a longtime parishioner. It seems a fair guess that home renovation was not high on his list of priorities, as the house needs a great deal of work. The kitchen has not been updated in at least 50 years, bathrooms the same and several rooms have holes in the ceiling from significant water damage. Recent roof repairs cost $40K.
But the bones of the house are beautiful. All of the original features are intact. The natural stucco is a golden hue that glows in the sun, and reflects off gently-bowed casement windows of leaded glass. The huge living room is entirely paneled, and the layout is gracious and open. Interestingly, there is no front door. The main entrance is a cottage-like side door with peaked roof and stone surround. A whimsical touch, and the house is all the more charming for it.
Where: Greenway is Guilford’s main street, and besides its beautiful homes, Greenway’s main attraction is Sherwood Gardens, a lovely, formal style park (no ballfields) famous for its tulips, which are planted annually by the Guilford Association. Young Charlie Reeves would have walked from here to the Calvert School, over on Charles Street. Other private schools are nearby, and most people in Guilford use them. Greenway runs south all the way to Johns Hopkins University, and from there you are near Charles Village and the Baltimore Museum of Art. “Baltimore’s Premier Residential Community” has a website, where you can learn more.
Why: House of a lifetime.
Why Not: Being forcibly entertained by stories about Charlie Reeves at neighborhood parties.
Would Suit: Good listeners.