Hot House: 4316 Grand View Avenue, Medfield, Baltimore, 21211
American Foursquare, wood frame, circa 1925, on .25 acre lot. 1,308 sq. ft., with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths over two and a half floors. Fully fenced yard and full, unfinished basement. Front porch with stone steps, original pine floors throughout, original pine finishes, renovated kitchen, garden shed, stone patio, two-car parking, central A/C: $325,000
What: An All-American. Influenced by the Prairie architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and sometimes referred to as the Prairie Box, this architectural style swept small towns of America in the post-Victorian era, roughly 1900 to 1930. The simple, boxy shape made it easy to assemble from mail-order house kits popular at the time, sold by Sears and other companies. Foursquares could be dressed up with gingerbread or bay windows, and executed in stucco or brick, as well as wood – but all have the distinguishing low roof angles, overhanging eves, front porch and a simple floor plan designed to provide roomy interiors on smaller city lots. Which this one does, nicely. Downstairs, a simple-but-spacious living room/dining room/kitchen configuration — the kitchen has granite countertops. There are three bedrooms upstairs — again, roomy, but there’s no master bath. Lovely, unpainted woodwork and Craftsman touches lift things up, style-wise. It’s been painted and decorated in a manner at once retro and hip, a great choice that puts the house in its best light.