Tag: victorian

Mt. Washington Victorian: Pretty, Private and Picturesque


Hot House: 1900 Dixon Road, Mt. Washington, Baltimore 21209

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american land titleCirca 1840, a white shingled Victorian with wrap around porch, on .6 acres with two ponds and mature trees.  2,568 sq. ft., 9 bedrooms, 3.5 baths over four stories. Circular drive, country kitchen with fireplace, large entrance foyer, unfinished basement: $735,900

Summer Getaway: Dreamy House On Shelter Island


 HOT HOUSE: 7 Clinton Avenue, Shelter Island, New York, 11964

Gingerbread Victorian, circa 1890, restored. 1,799 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, with harbor views.  Quarter acre landscaped lot. Walk to town, ferry, marina, tennis, beach: $825,000

Landmark for Sale: Palladian Mansion on University Parkway


Hot House: 719 University Parkway, Baltimore, 21210

Late Victorian, Palladian style mansion, circa 1913, in cream painted brick and stucco.  Ten bedrooms, 5.5 baths, on .44 acres. Original architectural details,  four fireplaces, 13’ceilings, hardwood floors, formal gardens: $799,000

Big, Old, Friendly Victorian in Tuxedo Park



HOT HOUSE: 721 Gladstone Avenue, Tuxedo Park, Baltimore, 21210

Shingle-style Victorian, circa 1897, with six bedrooms, two and a half baths on .33 acres in Tuxedo Park.  3,357 square feet, with two sleeping porches and side porte–cochere (carriage porch ): $459,000

Recreational Residential Real Estalking: Pikesville Picks

Writer Krista Smith shares her open houses choices for the weekend.

709 Cliveden Road

Open Sunday, April 1,  1 – 3 p.m.

This Sudbrook Park (Pikesville) Victorian might just be real estate’s version of the holy grail. It is picture perfect pretty from the the outside: classic architecture, slate roof, immaculate landscaping and period windows. Inside the “dream home” theme continues with leaded glass windows, ten foot ceilings, gorgeous fireplace mantels and gleaming hardwood floors. It’s also plenty big – six-bedrooms-and-five-baths-on-two-acres big. So why is this house only (relatively speaking) $650,000? Is there a Taco Bell across the street or something? Please check it out and tell me what gives. Visualize: Shooting the family Christmas card photo on the front porch. You’ll want to rub this one in a little.

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.  


Elegant Victorian on Large, Secluded Lot in Mt. Washington


HOT HOUSE: 5603 Roxbury Place, Mt. Washington, 21209

1880 Victorian with eight bedrooms on 2.83 secluded acres in Mt. Washington, with unusually fine period interiors: $749,000

What: A fixer-upper, for sure. But the location is unique, and the house has both character and elegance. A three story, shingle-style Victorian in wood and stone, with a covered, full-length open porch along the back of the house. Porch overlooks a large private backyard that slopes down to the woods, and is supported underneath by grand stone arches and stone walkway. Inside, a huge entrance hall with hardwood floors and fireplace sets the stage (there are seven fireplaces in the house). A wide sweeping staircase rises to the second floor. Ten foot ceilings, carved moldings and amazing woodwork in the large first floor rooms — living room, library and dining room, which is papered in chinoiserie wallpaper. Kitchen has been updated with wood cabinetry and modern appliances. Central air and gas, radiator heat. Upstairs, a double-wide landing and six further bedrooms are airy and full of light. Third floor has two additional bedrooms, house has three and a half bathrooms. Definitely, a lot of house for the price.      

Where: Roxbury Place is a magical-feeling street tucked away in a wooded glen, but an easy walk to Mt. Washington village shops, restaurants, schools, etc.  The village light rail station means easy access to downtown, stadiums, trains, airports. Mt. Washington is a mile or so north of Northern Parkway on Falls Road. Turn left to go over the Kelly Avenue Bridge, bear left onto South Avenue. Roxbury Place is on the left.

Why: Because you love old houses, and you both lost your heart to the place when you walked in the door. Life here will be like living in a 19th century English rectory. 

Why Not: Roxbury Place is a peaceful, wooded lane that badly needs repaving – looks like it might not be a priority for Baltimore City snow removal either.

Would suit: Decorator manqué, someone with an eye for furniture. House can accommodate an almost infinite number of gilt chairs, linen presses, velvet sofas…with great interior vistas and architectural details too.

Prisitine Roland Park Victorian


Hot House: 117 Beechdale Road, Baltimore, 21210

Classic Victorian, all systems go, in the heart of Roland Park:


What: A beautifully renovated Victorian, circa 1905 — that rare Roland Park house with everything in perfect working order –no peeling paint, no clanking radiators, and insulation!  A recent and total makeover, which included central air as well as all new windows and doors, has transformed this house into a high quality home with major curb appeal. From the welcoming porch, a gracious foyer leads to a generously proportioned living and dining rooms, both with wood burning fireplaces (think winter dinner parties in front of a glowing fire). Sunny windows draw you straight through to the back of the house, where a brand new custom cook’s kitchen promises a lifetime of great eating and big windows look up towards the big back yard, complete with big old trees and tasteful play area. Sleek but practical mudroom is a bonus. Upstairs, luxurious master bed and bath, walk-in closets and additional pretty bedrooms offer period touches like built in cupboards and polished wood floors. A nicely finished basement is now and would be, perfect for kids.  Side driveway with parking pad a plus, as is easy access to Rt. 83.  

Where: Between Falls Road and Roland Avenue, near the old Baltimore Country Club golf course. Walk to Eddie’s, walk to schools, walk to Petit Louis. Roland Park is in northwest Baltimore, a historic neighborhood designed by the Olmstead architectural firm (NY Central Park) – a ten minute drive to downtown. 

Why: A wide wraparound porch, great landscaping with a show-stopping planting of hostas in front, and modern, south-facing kitchen overlooking the terraced back yard – and all above-mentioned mod cons.

Why not: House sits up off the street, so requires some stair taking unless you’re first to the parking pad.

Would suit: Old house family who (heart) City Life, but not the hassles of city living.