Tag: Hot House

Top Stories: Stolen Tricycle Returned, Sandlot Already Mulling Expansion, 20-Year-Old Aaron Laciny Killed in Hit and Run


The most popular read this week concerned a well-known Hampdenite’s stolen tricycle. Lou Catelli/Will Bauer’s adult-sized, three-wheeled contraption went missing outside the Hampden Family Center on W. 36th Street late last month. Security camera footage showed the culprit: a man donning a neon safety vest who used a pair of bolt cutters to break the lock and take off with the trike.

For more than two weeks, the “Mayor” (or self-described “ambassador”) of Hampden worked with police and friends online to track it down. Pictures early on showed it near Mondawmin Mall.

Last Friday, Major Rich Gibson from the Baltimore Police Department’s Northern District ceremoniously returned Catelli’s trike, riding with two colleagues down to Old Bank Barbers in Hampden, where a small crowd was waiting. Catelli told Baltimore Fishbowl police arranged a drop-off with the suspect, whose identity hasn’t been released.

Catelli added that rather than wanting to see the perp punished, he’d rather offer him a job as a pedicab driver, since he had strong enough legs to move his trike across the city.

Here were Baltimore Fishbowl’s other most popular reads this week:

Top Stories: The Sandlot Opens at Harbor Point, A Creative Take on a Wedding Itinerary, Woodberry Flip for $417K


Our most popular story this week was Ed Gunts’ preview writeup about yesterday’s premiere for The Sandlot, the new waterside bar, restaurant and “beach hangout” at Harbor Point. The collaboration between Foodshed LLC and Beatty Development Group has been months in the making. It consists of a largely outdoor dining and entertainment venue with volleyball and bocce courts, a children’s play area, picnic tables, an Airstream trailer and, as the name suggests, bountiful sand.

Visitors can enjoy the comfort of indoor eating and drinking, however, as the bar and kitchen are made from customized shipping containers.

Ed offered this assessment of its ambiance: “It may have its roots in rustic campgrounds and childhood sandlots, but Sandlot also has the sophisticated vibe of the latest generation of rooftop bars in Manhattan that are open to the sky and city views.”

Our other most popular reads from the last seven days:

Deep In The Woods, But Not Too Far From Graul’s: Ruxton Mid-Century Asks $1.295M


Hot House: 919 Rolandvue Road, Towson, MD 21204

Mid-century, modern style house in cedar shake, circa 1967, designed by noted architect Walter Ramberg. 4,842 sq. ft. with four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large deck overlooking woods. Bi-level living room with granite fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and two-story built-in bookcases. Curved glass wall in dining room and kitchen (updated in 2015). Thirteen-foot ceilings. Master bedroom and family room with three walls of windows. Central a/c, hydronic radiant floors. Two-story, two-bedroom guest house, woodshed, heated pool, natural landscaping on four private acres: $1,295,000.

Modern English: Chic Family House In Homeland Asks $1,350,000


Hot House: 213 Goodale Road, Baltimore, MD 21212

English village-style house in brick, circa 1930, with slate roof and copper trim. Six bedrooms, four full and two half baths over over four levels. 4,850 sq. feet with finished basement. Entrance hall, living room with french doors, fireplace and window seat, paneled library, sunroom with doors to double patio. Hardwood floors throughout. Renovated master bath with custom desk and cabinetry. Bathrooms remodeled. Bedroom closets added. New central air, two-car garage, extensive professional landscaping, on a .26-acre lot: $1,350,000

Action on Blythewood Road: Old Estate Hits The Market, and a Teardown Down the Street


Hot House: 4 Blythewood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210

Georgian-style estate home, circa 1923, designed by noted local architect Laurence Fowler, stone with slate roof. Needs work. Ten bedrooms, eight baths over 10,088 sq. ft. Nine-foot ceilings, french doors, bow windows. Marble entrance foyer opens to grand hall, formal living and dining rooms with fireplace, sunroom with fireplace, kitchen breakfast room, butler’s pantry, large master suite with study and bath. Elegant motor court, bluestone terrace with pergola, heated swimming pool, no central air. To be sold as is. 2.36 acres: $1,535,000

Top Stories: War Memorial Lighting Fix Planned, A Home with Southern Charm in North Roland Park, Documentary About Baltimore Step Team Praised at Sundance


Our most popular story this week was Ed Gunts’ coverage of a planned restoration project for Baltimore’s 92-year-old War Memorial Building at 101 N. Gay Street. Ed Gunts reported in his Urban Landscape column that the historic building is set to receive a simple makeover when the city removes the soundproofing covering the interior glass windows. Once that’s finished, natural light can flood into Memorial Hall and let its design truly shine.

Here were our other most-read stories from Saturday, Jan. 21 through today:

Off the Market: Baltimore ‘Hot Houses’ Recently Sold (And Not)


“The market’s back!” has been the news on the real estate beat for nearly a year now. Home prices have been rising. According to a story by Keven Litten in Tuesday’s Baltimore Business Journal, home prices in the region are up by 5.7% since a year ago (7.1% if you exclude distressed homes), and may be going higher. Many Baltimore realtors are noticing a pent-up demand.  Mary Lynn Mullican, an agent with Hill & Co. says, “there is definitely a perception that this is a good time to buy. I have people I haven’t heard from in two years who want to start looking next week. People just get antsy for change.”

Sellers, on the other hand, may still be waiting. According to Whit Harvey, who heads up the Whit Harvey Group at Coldwell Banker, that may not be the  best strategy. “Interest rates have gone up. Very often, sellers think this won’t affect homes priced at the upper end of the market, but there is a ‘trickle up’ effect. If affordability drops for first time buyers, it will eventually affect the higher priced homes. Right now, supply is down and demand is up. It’s a good time to buy or sell.”

And houses are selling. So let’s take a look back and see which of our high-end favorites, in and around Baltimore,  have gone in the past six months. Let us know if you spot a market trend.

st. paul:sold

SOLD 4100 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, 21218 This grand brick Georgian, built in 1925 on the corner of Highfield Road, sold quickly but well under its asking price of $1,049,000. 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 5,224 sq. ft. On July 16th it went for $775,000.


SOLD 4622 Keswick Road, Baltimore, 21210 A circa 1894 former Methodist Protestant Church in Evergreen went fast, and for 20% over its asking price of $250,000. It needed a lot of work, which has already begun. 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 3,241 sq. ft. Sold in March for $307,500

Off the Market: Hot Houses Recently Sold (And Some Not)


Our every-so-often check on how high-end properties are selling in the Baltimore area reveals the following activity:


SOLD: 5 Club Road, Roland Park. Federal Revival house with underground tunnel to garage.  For $800,000 on September 6.  Asking price was $949,000

A River Runs Through It: Idyllic Farmhouse On The Western Run


Hot House:  Scott’s Mill House, 1727 Western Run Road, Cockeysville, Md. 21230

Early American in the Quaker style, a three story, five bedroom, five bath, fieldstone farmhouse overlooking the widest part of the Western Run,  5,100 sq. ft.,  with new-built guesthouse and garage, landscaped gardens with pond, orchard and river frontage, 8.7 acres : $2.7 million

What: Historic home, built over a hundred year period, starting in 1770. This house has all the hallmarks of colonial-era architecture: wide plank pine floors, deep windowsills and lowish doorframes.  It has been impeccably and sensitively restored and modernized – it’s rare to see a house so old anywhere in such perfect condition.

Enter the center hall by either front or back door – both are equally inviting. Just one room deep, the house forms a telescope, with the oldest part in the middle. To the left is a cozy, well-proportioned living room with generous windows and a fireplace. To the right, vistas lead through the long, beamed dining room to the eat-in kitchen and on to a newly added sunroom. Kitchen has Viking range, Sub-zero fridge, brick floor and large adjacent mudroom/alcove. The sunroom has 180 degree views of river, pond and meadow, lots of wildlife.  Upstairs, four sunny bedrooms with plenty of closets and a master bedroom suit. Bathrooms are all modern. Outside, a new guesthouse and garage perfectly match the design of the old house. Guesthouse has another large bedroom and luxurious office/studio overlooking pond and meadow.

Naturalistic gardens link the house to the river, meadow, outbuildings, orchard and pond.  The rivers runs about 50 yards behind the house, visible through the trees. Owner is one of Baltimore’s favorite ice skaters — guess which one — moving to warmer climes. We will miss her, but she’s left a wonderful legacy in the restoration of this classic Maryland property.

Where:  If you’re looking for a real country house which is not a horse farm, this may be it. About 25 minutes from Baltimore, it’s an exceptionally pretty drive. Winding roads, horses, stone walls – everything you go to the country for. And proximity to Wegman’s.  83N to Exit 24 Butler/Sparks. Left off the ramp to Belfast Road. 1.6 miles then a left onto Tanyard. 1.4 miles, then left to Western Run. 1727 is on left, just past the horse farm.

Why:  Skating on the pond. Fruit from the orchard. Fish from the river.

Why Not: Ticks from the deer.

Would Suit:  Seeker of authenticity. Well, up to a point…

NB: No pool, but the river here is private (no tubing, no boating). Maybe you could swim in it?

"Downton Abbey" 20 minutes from Downtown Baltimore?


Hot House: 25 Woodbrook Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21212

Stone manor-style house, circa 1934, with five acres of land, backing on the seventh hole of the Elkridge Club golf course. Eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, on three stories, 7,724sq. feet: $2.5 million

What:   Among the finest houses in Baltimore — built for the owner’s family by Laurence Fowler, a well known Baltimore architect (see Guilford) — this is its first time on the market in over fifty years. Rolling front yard feels like the English countryside — giant ginko trees, looming pines — think Downton Abbey (and you, strolling the grounds with your lab). The façade is a warm, weathered stone. You enter the center hall, with black and white marble floors, at once grand and welcoming, and turn to face a large living room, butternut-wood paneled library, and dining room off the main foyer. French doors in nearly every room all seem to have a southern exposure – this is by design. Down the east wing is the large, sunny kitchen. Bathrooms and kitchen probably want redoing, but overall, the house is in mint condition — slate roof appears in perfect shape, the basement warm and dry, and with its baronial fireplace, evoking a medieval mead hall. Bedrooms upstairs are large, bright and generously supplied with both closets and views. Too numerous to mention are the architectural details — carved wooden moldings, casement windows with bronze mullions, etc. — throughout the house. And yes, just past the trees in the back, visible from the stone patio off the library, rolling green hills and the challenge of the seventh hole.  

Where: A prime location, Woodbrook Lane combines the feel of a rural country lane with immediate, but invisible, access to Charles Street.  Coming north on Charles Street, out of the city, Woodbrook Lane is on the left, just past the Brown Memorial Church. The house is second on the left, windows shining in the sun, at the top of the hill. At its end, the street runs into Robert E. Lee Park, so there’s no through traffic, and it’s quiet at all hours.

Would Suit: Lord and Lady Grantham – of Baltimore

Why: Gorgeous old trees, copper gutters, stonework details – they don’t make houses like this anymore.

Why not:  “Trees, schmees” – you’d rather a newly-built, fully-wired French chateau in Owings Mills.

NB: The original 17-acre lot is being subdivided, so that you will have five new houses — on two acre lots — nearby in a few years.