Tag: swimming pool

Community groups raise concerns over 79-space parking lot proposed for Druid Hill Park

An aerial rendering of the planned renovations to the Druid Hill Aquatic Center. Image courtesy of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

A plan to update the swimming pool at Druid Hill Park is drawing community support, but some residents are questioning the need for a 79-space parking lot.

The Druid Hill Aquatic Center is slated to undergo renovations to its main pools and mechanical systems and add a new bathhouse and kiddie splash pool. But the project would also add dozens parking spaces around the tennis courts across East Drive from the aquatic center, leaving several community groups concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists amidst increased vehicle traffic.

Handsome Stone Colonial With Heated Pool in The Orchards Asks $1.05M


Hot House: 111 Castlewood Road, Baltimore 21210

Stone colonial-style home, circa 1939, with slate roof. Five bedrooms, three full, two half-baths over three stories and 4,058 sq. ft. Partially finished basement. Entry hall, living room with fireplace, dining, library/den, sun room. Gourmet kitchen with double Viking range, Sub-Zero fridge, wine cooler, granite counters. Master bedroom with dressing room and marble jetted bath. Large downstairs rec room with wood-burning fireplace. Private, fenced backyard with heated pool, pergola, two stone patios. Two-car attached garage, extra wide driveway with parking pad. 0.4 acre lot: $1,050,000. 

A Look at Michael Phelps’ New Desert Home

All photos courtesy Trulia.com
All photos courtesy Trulia.com

Now that word is out about Olympic champion and Baltimore native Michael Phelps’ marriage to Nicole Johnson, it’s also possible to see where the newlyweds and their son Boomer are living.

Lake Avenue Show House For Sale in Pinehurst


Hot House: 112 E. Lake Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212



Southern style Colonial house, circa 1885, frame construction with side porches and front portico. Shingle roof. Six bedrooms, two full, two half baths, 4,281 sq.ft over three stories. Entrance hall, living room with fireplace, dining room, large kitchen, den with fireplace. Hardwood floors, original architectural features.  Central a/c.  1.44 acres with detached garage, mature plantings, swimming pool: $799,000

What: A big, old, welcoming house on Lake Avenue that sits well back from the road. It gets a lot of admiring glances, both for its big leafy yard and the gracious proportions that practically invite you onto the porch for a glass of ice tea. At the moment, it’s a little shabby inside, but the BSO has talked to the realtor about using the house for its 2017 Baltimore Symphony Decorators’ Show House. If chosen, besides being merely flattering, it has the potential to be a huge windfall, as some of Baltimore’s leading decorators will gladly remove old wallpaper (which there’s plenty of), paint, plaster and more to transform these empty rooms into AD-caliber spaces at their expense.  They would just need to know by February, so they could start selling tickets.

House of the Day: Architect-Designed Contemporary With Pool, In Mt. Washington


6101 Smith Avenue, Baltimore
4 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
3,700 square feet
6101 Smith Avenue
6101 Smith Avenue
6101 Smith Avenue

Lake Avenue House With Heated Pool and Legendary Staircase, Next To Old Homeland Railroad Station



Hot House:  701 W. Lake Avenue, Baltimore, 21210



Colonial-style house in cedar shake with slate roof, circa 1928, recently renovated. Four bedroom, 3.5 baths over 2,446 square feet and three stories. Original architectural features including historic staircase, multiple fireplaces, French doors, crown molding, built-in bookcases and butler’s pantry. Gourmet kitchen, central a/c, heated self-cleaning swimming pool with mineral jets and stone surround, fenced back yard, two-car detached garage on .5 landscaped acres: $715,000

lake:stairsWhat: An interesting house with a private backyard, a nice heated pool and some historic associations. Rumor is that the gracefully curved staircase here was removed from the Mt. Vernon house where Betsy Bonaparte (nee Patterson) lived, during her high-profile but ill-fated marriage to Jerome Bonaparte, brother of French Emperor Napolean I.( There is a great exhibit on the life and times of Betsy Bonaparte at the Maryland Historical Society now through June, 2014.) The Bonapartes’ 18th century staircase fits beautifully here, and together with ten foot ceilings, wide French doors with fanlights and wide moldings, makes for a lovely entrance hall. It’s elegant and simple, more modern than Victorian. In more recent times, the son of Baltimore’s favorite bandleader Zim Zemeral, lived here for many years. Jon Zemeral and his wife did much of the renovation, which takes the house to a higher level of luxury than you might get from its modest street presence. A big glassed-in side porch overlooks the pool and has wide shutters, a brick tile floor and a gas fireplace. There’s also a screened porch on the other end of the house, off the kitchen. The kitchen is not huge, but it is eat-in, with a granite topped table and nice appliances. Upstairs, the bathrooms are big and modern and there is a room with fine mahogany built-ins, which could be either bedroom or library. A little work on the master suite and this is a dream house.