Hot House: 3015 Iona Terrace, Arcadia, Baltimore, 21214 MD
Craftsman style bungalow, circa 1924, wood frame with cedar shingles and asphalt shingle roof. Front porch with Corinthian columns and French doors to living room. 1,756 square feet with hardwood floors, 9’ ceilings, 4 bedrooms, 2 full 2 half baths over three levels. Ground floor master bedroom with sitting room, walk-in closet, attached bath. Recent kitchen. Large, partially finished basement with studio and half-bath. Back deck and fenced yard on .15 acres. Off street parking pad. No central a/c: $185,000
What: A heart stopper of a cottage, with an awesome paint job and a good price, right in Baltimore City. The front porch is wide and deep, and the columns, together with the brilliant paint job add both gravitas and whimsy. The whole place has been newly fixed-up and everything gleams. Front door has stained glass surround and opens into a smallish living room with non-working fireplace. There’s a family room to one side and a dining room on the other, leading to the kitchen – which is big enough to accommodate a small table. Kitchen has a back door which leads to the yard and back deck with pergola. Master bedroom with sitting room and walk-in closet are on main floor, further bedrooms upstairs. Lower level could fill a number of functions – it’s large and partially finished, with a wood-burning stove.
Where: Arcadia is yet another of Baltimore’s hidden gems. Four hundred-fifty homes, each architecturally distinct, many built from kits. Arcadia was a white, middle class neighborhood built in the 1920s. It’s still middle class, but now boasts an eclectic mix of ages and races. People are attracted by its proximity to downtown (20 minutes), its friendly atmosphere and the 375 acres of nearby Herring Run Park, with its soccer fields, bike paths and amazing amounts of wild life — including the Great Blue Herons that live here year round. Walk to “the best crabcakes in Baltimore” at Koco’s Pub on Harford Road, where you’ll also find Maggie’s Farm restaurant, (formerly Chamelion Cafe), Zeke’s Coffee, and a large Safeway. Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University are nearby. Iona Terrace is a quiet, one-way street that connects Walther Boulevard to Harford Road, entrance is from Walther Boulevard. Houses are well maintained and crime is “not a problem.” Neighbors are ecstatic about this street, which hosts an annual pig roast (this year, they’re springing for an organic local pig).
Why: Tons of curb appeal, enough to be a movie set.
Why Not: Nearby public schools are not great.
Would Suit: Fairy Godmother, Romeo & Juliet.
NB: House was uninhabited for several years, fell into disrepair and was auctioned recently. It’s been nicely rehabbed – but an inspector should look closely.