HOT HOUSE: 203 Ridgewood Road, Baltimore, 21210
Shingle-style Victorian, built in 1901 by a Scottish shipbuilder, on the market for the first time since 1965. Well-maintained, with eight bedrooms, five full baths on .35 acres: $949,000
What: A historians and architects delight, this is a much-admired Roland Park home, whose owners, Martin and Meredith Millspaugh, are longtime Baltimore civic leaders. The front porch is spectacular –wrapping around the front of the house, overlooking the tree-lined street, with polished cabinet-grade fir floors and mahogany railings. It’s hard to move inside from the porch, but once there, you are welcomed by rooms flooded in light, and a circular design that moves gracefully around through living room, family room, mud room, pantry, kitchen and dining room, all well-proportioned and generously endowed with fireplaces. The kitchen is large and airy, modern in feeling, with a custom designed, Spanish-style adobe fireplace in the eating area, a large range-hood, aged oak cabinets and Portuguese tiles. Rooms upstairs flow nicely off a central landing. There is a very large master suite, with dressing rooms and bath. Third floor has a long, sunny playroom/studio with lots of built-in storage and closets. Some modernization is needed: the bathrooms, naturally, where a few more showers would come in handy, and the kitchen want some updating — maybe just new appliances. Hopefully no one will touch the kitchen fireplace, or the silk panels in the dining room. From the back, there is level rear access from the lane behind the house. The basement is unfinished, but dry as a bone, roof and furnace have been recently replaced. There is some a/c, you may want to add some more.
Where: Ridgewood Road is a right turn off of Roland Avenue heading south, just
before Cold Spring Lane. The house is about halfway down the street, on the right. Cold Spring Lane takes you right out to 83 and Falls Road, and you are just a walk from Miss Shirley’s, Video American and Petit Louis.
Why: First, the porch is a dream. Your 50th birthday, your daughter’s wedding reception … right here. You can practically hear the clinking wine glasses. Second, it’s unusually tight and comfortable for such a large house – must be the shipbuilder ….
Would Suit: Modern, (or not) Family.
NB: Backyard is not large, but plenty of room for the swing set and lacrosse pitch.