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Hot House: Inside The Legendary Wyndhurst Co-Op, One Apartment Quietly Asks $875K


Hot House: 2 Wyndhurst Avenue, Apt. #1W, Roland Park, Baltimore, MD 21210

Grand apartment on first floor of historic Italianate building, circa 1924. Two bedrooms, three baths, 2,500 sq. ft., with separate entrance to 1.7-acre private walled gardens. Original architectural detail: hardwood floors, moldings, cabinetry, two fireplaces. Large living and dining rooms, eat-in kitchen, den.  Central air, security system. Two one-car garages included: $875,000 (HOA fee of $1,812/mo includes taxes, maintenance, water)

Top Stories This Week: Differences Between Hillary and the Donald, ‘Gone With The Wind’-Style Mansion For Sale, New Efforts to Save Fells Point’s Wooden Homes


This week, Marion Winik’s humorous, all-too-real take on the qualities that differentiate America’s polarizing presidential candidates was our most-read story on the site. Her biting sarcasm and wit offer a reprieve from much of the common political commentary in our newspapers and on TV. Read it again here.

Here are our other most popular posts from Oct. 28-Nov. 4.

Falls Road


Falls Road

Renaissance Palace In Cockeysville: Gonzo McMansion or Architectural Treasure of Tomorrow?


Hot House: 8 Laurelford Court, Cockeysville MD 21030



Italian provincial style palazzo, circa 1992, in stucco (Dryvit) with tile and rubber roof. Five bedrooms, six baths, 12,415 sq. ft. over three stories, with 50’ terrace, 48’ gallery, 36’ living room, four fireplaces, vaulted ceilings. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, adjoining family room, library, elevator. Large main floor master suite with separate sitting rooms, dressing rooms and baths. Hardwood floors, nine foot ceilings throughout. Landscaped five-acre lot with pool and two car garage: $2 ,750,000

Grand Ruxton Mansion on Bellona, Circa 1923: A Father’s Wedding Gift


Hot House: 7206 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton, Baltimore, 21204

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Provencal style mansion in stucco with slate roof and copper trim, circa 1923, with later addition. Five bedrooms, 5 baths, 4,906 sq. feet over 3 stories. Marble foyer, formal living room with stone fireplace, formal dining room, sun room. Trish Houk custom kitchen leads to family room w fireplace, master suite w/ fireplace, separate spa tub, shower. Stone hardscaping and patio, unfinished basement, sound and security systems, heated 2-car garage, extensive landscaping with mature plantings on 2.5 acres: $2,595,000

Protect This House: Kevin Plank’s New $7.8 Million Georgetown Mansion




Baltimore Business Journal reports that the Washingtonian, citing a “well-connected source,” has named Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank as the buyer of 1405 34th Street NW — “one of the most important houses in Georgetown,” according to Washington Fine Properties, who brokered the sale.

plank:frontThe home’s former owner was banker Curtin Winsor III. Mr. Winsor bought the house for $5.2 million in 2006, and lived there with his wife and three children until his death, suddenly, in December, 2012.  In the seventies, 1405 34th Street NW was the much-photographed residence of Ambassador David Bruce and his glamorous wife Evangeline, who added a 34’ ballroom and hosted frequent parties for Washington society.

plank:lrEarlier this year, the eight bedroom, eight bath, one ballroom house was on the market for $8.995 million, (so Kevin got ‘em down some).  A Federal-style red brick mansion circa 1815, it’s a grand but restrained presence on the street, quietly boasting a smokehouse, swimming pool, guestroom, multiple parking spaces and a private, third-of-an-acre lot. A video tour, compete with upbeat music score, can be found below.

35-Room Historic Mt. Vernon Mansion Offers Luxury and a Way to (Help) Pay for It


HOT HOUSE: 514 Cathedral Street, Baltimore

Greek Revival mansion, in brick and stone, circa 1847, in the heart of the Mt. Vernon historical district.  Twenty-four feet wide, on six levels, with 8,000  sq. ft. and an additional 2,000 sq. ft. luxury apartment, fully rented, at $2,000/mo. Recently designer-renovated, with 7 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 8 marble fireplaces, gated courtyard, theatre style gourmet kitchen, state of the art HVAC and parking for four cars: $1,195,000


What: A labor of love. Built in 1847, when Baltimore was the fastest growing city in America, this house has been a grand private home, a hotel and a decrepit boarding house of 56 rooms – which is where it was when designer Drew Rieger bought it in 2004.  For many years, Mr. Rieger lavished his time, money and aesthetic sensibility on it, transforming it back into a luxurious, slightly quirky city home of great style. The entrance at 514 is not at all grand, and not even that promising — just a brick façade among the many along this stretch of Cathedral Street — with no clue to its splendid interior. Up a narrowish flight of stairs, however, and you are in a palace. Many large rooms with big windows and marble fireplaces, beautifully and authentically restored, make up the first two floors. Old cypress floors throughout add a sense of history. Sunroom and pretty outdoor deck, just the right size for a dinner party. Best room in the house is the kitchen, quite possibly the best kitchen in Baltimore.  On two floors, with the granite island at the center of the main floor area, and above, a custom-designed (to match the Peabody library railings) decorative iron railing that lets you look down, drink in hand, to watch the action below.  Elsewhere, Brazilian mahogany, travertine marble, under-floor heating, salvaged columns, French doors, balconies…all amazing to see.


Where:  Cathedral Street, between Centre and Franklin. From a cultural and city standpoint, the location is delightful. Here, you are placed to take immediate advantage of Baltimore’s greatest treasures: The Walters, Peabody, Pratt Library, Center Stage and the Basilica are minutes away, walking. The recent and ongoing Mt. Vernon neighborhood revival has made restaurants like Sascha’s, Helmand, Soto Sopra, Brewer’s Art and City Café hum all week long.

 Would Suit:  Cultural attaché, university president, board chair, philanthropist.

 Why: Great for entertaining – benefit dinners, cocktails for 200, Conference of Cardinals – in a grand style. Also, rental income defrays a lot of expenses.

 Why Not:  Probably unseemly lavish for average non-profit trustee…

 NB:  A little light on closets. On the other hand, the whole house is wired for 12 channel sound.

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Inside Creepy Mansion "Mensana"


Earlier this week I heard about an estate sale that’s happening over the weekend, and since I don’t work on Fridays, I decided to drive north of Baltimore to find the house.I always find it incredibly sad to see a place that had at one time been glorious, filled with parties and laughter, now so run down and pitiful. This is the case in this house. You can read a little bit about the house, and see some images of its former life here .

The house sits high on a hill overlooking the lush and serene Green Spring Valley, just north of Baltimore. As you drive up a winding drive to get to the house, you get a good idea of how massive and well-built the place is.The overcast and gloomy weather did nothing for either the interior or the exterior, and everything was just flat and grey. In fact, some of my shots looked like I’d used a black and white filter to take them.When I entered the house, there were flashes of the place it used to be. Beautiful wood and plasterwork, elegant fireplaces…It’s solid as a rock, and many of the architectural details remain. In a nutshell, the house was built in 1900 by one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, and most recently, it was owned by a rather nefarious doctor who used it as a “pain” clinic, and was later stripped of his medical license.I wasn’t certain whether these walls were papered or painted, but the transition between scenery and paint was badly handled.Even in the overcast, the rooms were bright, and their proportions were good.The details were beautiful.As I went up the sweeping staircase, I was struck by the solidness of the bannisters and railing and the good condition of the hardwood steps.The bedrooms, and there are six of them, all en suite, were used as patient rooms, and there are pieces here and there that remind you that it was a “medical” facility.

But there are also details that remind you of the former good life that the house lived.  The marble fireplace surround,and the sweet sconce, one of only a few that weren’t ripped out.The en suite bathrooms still had their “non-mixer” sinks and tile walls and floors. And having grown up with sinks like these, where the hot and cold water taps don’t mix, let me just tell you that it’s a complete and utter pain!When I walked around the house, I was gutted about how the property had just gone to seed. The beautiful old boxwood were full of dead branches and had become overgrown. Boxwood need air to circulate between their branches or they become diseased. I walked around and pulled handfuls of boxwood branches (with permission) to try and thin them a bit.One of the most melancholy things I saw was an old wicker chair, slowly rotting on the formerly gracious front terrace.To me, the little chair epitomized what the house had become… a slight shadow of its former self.

Oh, what did I get, you ask? Only two books.

1716-18 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD  21153 
In between Greenspring Avenue and Stevenson Road on Greenspring Valley. 
Look for two white brick entrance gates and veer to the LEFT when coming up the driveway. 
You can TEXT 443-865-4813 for more info…

Beaux Arts Victorian Mansion — Former Funeral Home — in Bolton Hill


HOT HOUSE: 1900 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, 21217

A 17,822 square foot Victorian era palace in red brick, the larger part of which has a separate address on Robert Street, with nine rental units, all well-maintained. The private home has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths on four stories, with all original woodwork and architectural details: $1,950,000.

What: A Baltimore landmark, this fortress-like mansion with towers and turrets dominates the corner of Eutaw Place, together with the Eutaw Place Temple (former synagogue, now Masonic Lodge).  It was built in 1882 by Dwight Davidson Mallory, an oyster packer, back in the day when there was lots of money in oyster packing and Eutaw Place was millionaire’s row. Mr. Mallory lived here until he died in 1926, when it was bought by the Mitchell family and operated as the Mitchell Funeral Home until they relocated to York Road, in 1965. Since then, part of the building has been converted into nine separate rental units, with an address of 300 Robert Street (the street around the corner from the main property). There is a four car garage and a coin-operated laundry room in the basement. The same owner has lived here since 2001. Inside the private home, everything looks shipshape. It is impressive in the ornate way that city mansions of the Victorians often are: beautifully carved wooden staircases and paneling, grand, 15 foot ceilings, stained glass and frescoed walls.  One of the realtor blogs for this address is amazingly detailed, with a virtual education on Victorian housing, a description of each room, and the reassuring news that the rental units are “full, with a strong and stable rental history.”  Even more, it is an “astute investor opportunity.” So just move in, sit back, and watch the money roll in…

Where: Eutaw Place is at the western edge of Bolton Hill. From  83-S, take exit 6 North Avenue, toward Mt. Royal Avenue. Take a right onto W. North Avenue, and a left onto Eutaw Place (just past Linden Ave). 1900 is on the right. Nearby are OnTheHill Café, B Bistro, and lots of take-out on North Avenue …

Why: You believe you could make it work for you, and you love its Victorian wackiness.

Why Not:  How’re you going to heat this thing? 

Would Suit:  Optimist. B&B? Condo-conversion? Professional org?

NB: Realtors believe that new language in the Baltimore City Draft Zoning Code will benefit this property in some way. None wanted to speak on the record yet, and author not able to understand ‘new language.’ Just a heads up.  


Rambling Roland Park Beauty


HOT HOUSE: 204 Ridgewood Road, Baltimore 21210

A uniquely designed shingle-style mansion in Roland Park, built in 1900.  Over five thousand square ft. house on a one acre lot, with eight bedrooms, five baths, six working fireplaces and porches with views: $1,195,000


What: Holy gables, batman! A prime example of this great American architecture style. What’s special, besides the wide, domed gable in the front, is the amount of natural light that floods the interior from large, well-placed windows on the south-facing rear of the house. Porches wrap the house and overlook landscaped gardens, sloping lawn and trees. Enter the grand foyer, where sunshine from a huge, leaded glass window at the top of the double-wide stairs pours down to illuminate the ground floor. Sightlines are nicely designed, there are views of porches and sky from nearly every room. Large dining room to the right of the entrance hall, with the gourmet kitchen behind — it’s distinctive turquoise cabinetry might not be your first choice, but it works. Left side of the entrance has the living room, opening to a family room behind. All these rooms are big, (like 20’x15)’ so you may need to up the furniture budget.

Upstairs, many bedrooms, brochure says five, you could call it eight. The master bedroom has walk-in closets and en-suite bathroom, all on the old-fashioned side.  Bathrooms could use some updating too, showers are small. On the upside, there are several very functional claw-footed bathtubs.  The third floor has a wonderful artists studio, with windows on three sides, a few other bedrooms and a fantastic long narrow, light-filled room lined with built-in cabinets and drawers, like a butler’s pantry. There are also several enclosed porches with leaded glass windows. Hardwood floors throughout, unfinished basement, four-zoned radiator heating and a/c.

Where: Ridgewood Road leads off of Roland Avenue heading south, turn right just a few feet before Cold Spring Lane. Many of Roland Park’s prettiest houses are here, and there are sidewalks wide enough for dogs and strollers, making the ten minute stroll to Petit Louis or Eddie’s a pleasure. Literally two minutes to 83, via Cold Spring Lane, so a 10-minute drive to downtown Baltimore.  

Why:  The third floor artist studio, the porches, the back yard, the wide and generous spaces, the wonderful windows.

Would Suit: Executive family new to Baltimore, can’t believe what $1.2 million gets you here.  Landed Baltimore family, ready to ditch the starter home, not ready for the Valley.  Architecture buffs.

Why not: You can hear, but not see, Cold Spring Lane behind the wooded backyard.