Hot House: 5111 Springlake Way, Baltimore, 21212 MD
Stone Tudor style house, circa 1930 with slate roof, brick chimneys, copper gutters. Recent renovation. Six bedrooms 4.5 baths over 4,500 square feet. Hardwood floors, many original architectural features. Grand entrance hall with wrought iron stair rail, arched doorways, living room with stone fireplace and french doors, dining room, den, stone sunroom, clubroom with fieldstone wet bar. Gourmet kitchen with black La Cornue stove, marble counters, and island, beamed ceiling. Large master bedroom suite with luxury bathroom. Two-car attached garage, second floor stone patio, bluestone patio with enclosed pond. Three-quarter acre landscaped lot: $1,265,000
What: This house has an offer pending, and if the contract goes through, will probably get the full asking price. It is among the grander houses in Homeland and is certainly an impressive home. Although it has a traditional layout, there is a nice open plan effect downstairs. The kitchen flows easily into the dining room and around into the living room. Wide archways, lots of windows and the airy wrought iron work of the staircase combine to make an unusually light-infused interior for a Tudor house. The La Cornue range is a thing of beauty. The master bathroom is a stunner. Definitely check the website photos, they are pure eye candy.
Where: Springlake Way is the gem at the heart of Homeland’s leafy green setting. Two small spring-fed ponds (‘the Lakes of Homeland’) are surrounded by ornamental trees and are beautiful at all seasons — as popular in summer for junior fishing expeditions as in the winter for skaters taking their first turn around the ice. They are shallow, and freeze early and often. This house does not have a view of the lakes, although they are just 50 yards down the street. Homeland is a popular North Baltimore neighborhood, with good access to schools, shopping, and destinations both downtown and north of the city.
Would Suit: Professionals who like to entertain. Young families of fishermen, ice skaters.
Why: This house is an unusually high-end renovation, beautifully done.
Why Not: The Homeland Association is no joke. Historic tax credits help residents restore Homeland homes using historically appropriate materials, but if you need to replace a slate roof, it will have to be slate … and so on.
NB: Homeland was built by the England-owned Roland Park Company, with a stronger Anglican flavor than the more Victorian Roland Park. This house was one of the first ever built in Homeland. The oldest, at 5108, was built in 1925.