Hot House: 106 St. Albans Way, Baltimore, 21212

Stone house with slate roof, farmhouse/cottage style, designed by architects Palmer, Willis & Lamdin, circa 1920.  Five bedrooms, three full, two half baths, 3,515 sq. ft. over three stories, with stone patio, landscaped gardens and separate garage on .37 acres: $935,000

What:  Informal yet dignified, a house that immediately puts you at ease, even here in “Baltimore’s Most Expensive Neighborhood” (2010) – Homeland.  Lots of curb appeal in salt and pepper stone, with slate roof, stone chimneys, copper gutters, big trees and interesting details. The small wooden porch, unexpected on a stone house, is welcoming, and inside, thru arched doorways, there are wide moldings, hardwood floors and deep window sills in every room. It’s been well-maintained although you will probably want to repaint. Entrance foyer has living room to the left with stone fireplace, stairs going up to the bedrooms, and a few stairs leading down to kitchen, dining, and family room — cozy with a second stone fireplace. All the rooms are good-sized, kitchen and living room are especially big. There are views out into the garden, and the house is as attractive from the back as the front, if not more so. Central a/c, attic and partly finished basement.

Where: The first block of St. Albans Way, one among several stand-out stone houses on this street. Driving north on Charles Street, up from Cold Spring Lane, St. Albans Way is on the right, just past the light at Wyndhurst, well before Northern Parkway.  Across Charles Street, there are five private and one public school just minutes away. Homeland is quiet and good for walking, although you will end up driving the seven minutes over to York Road and Belvedere Square, the five minutes to Roland Avenue shops and library, and the 15 minutes to downtown Baltimore

Would Suit: Good neighbors. You’ll have them on all sides, here.

Why: Timeless, with just enough architectural interest to keep it from being merely “traditional.” A city house with the rural look of a Pennsylvania stone farmhouse.

Why Not: Come rush hour, or school drop off/pick up time, it can take a while to get out onto Charles Street from St. Albans.

NB: St. Albans is better served by city snow removal than streets deeper into Homeland, where frantic calls to 311 can go unheeded sometimes for weeks.

Contact: Prudential Homesale YWGC