Wednesday, July 29, 2020

On the Market: Five Stratford Road

No. 5 Stratford Road, designed by Edward L. Palmer, is a brick colonial revival house designed in the most classic style. The house was featured in a full page ad in the Roland Park Homes, Gardens and People magazine in 1927. 
It is now on the market, and here is what the real estate listing has to say:
A stunning example of Edward L. Palmer’s fine architectural detail, 5 Stratford spares no expense in grandeur and grace. 
Established wisteria greets you upon arrival as you enter the black and white, marble checked foyer.
The first floor features a formal dining room adjacent to the kitchen.Expansive family room includes a wood burning fireplace with an attached sunroom and backyard access.  
Light-filled breakfast room opens to an expanded bluestone patio and lush backyard.
A grand staircase leads you to the second floor which includes an updated Master suite with 2 vanities and glass shower. A second full bath on this level serves the remaining 2 bedrooms.  3rd floor boasts an additional 2 large bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Basement  finished with polished concrete floors, wet bar, and half bath. Finished basement also includes an area for a gym or playroom. 

Large grass backyard, meticulously landscaped and 2 car garage. 
Thoughtful updates throughout including full HVAC system with hospital-grade filter system, updated and new bathrooms, custom storm windows, new electrical panel, new sewer, water lines and much more. 
Another great P&L house!

Monday, July 13, 2020

On the Market: 4327 Wickford Road

A few months ago, I wrote about some of P&L's houses on Wickford Road, including three that are on a curve in the road before it turns into Northfield Place. They were featured in an article in the 1913 issue of Brickbuilder Magazine. 4327 Wickford is the first house in both images.

The details about this house are extremely scant: "Large home with beautiful grounds, a two-car garage and a carriage house." And the pictures are mostly of the grounds, with few of the interiors. Of course, the listing neglects the most important fact: that the house was designed by Palmer & Lamdin!

My source says that the house is possibly owned by a Nobel Prize winning scientist. With stellar shots like this one, I am sure the house will sell quickly.
The price seem high, considering the fact that there is some work to be done (and I am presuming this is the two-car garage/carriage house).

The listing is here.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

On the Market: 5205 St. Albans Way

I guess after staying at home for three months, everyone's sick of their house and a lot of places are now on the market. But my real estate friends tell me that things are moving quickly!
Here is what the listing says:

"Remarkable Palmer & Lamdin Architectural beauty with five bedrooms, four full and two half baths, thoughtfully updated with a two car garage.
Gorgeous hardwood floors, french doors, and fine millwork grace the interior of this traditional home. The spacious and updated Chef's kitchen features a gas cooktop, high end appliances, island and is open to a breakfast area.
Perfect for entertaining dining room with built-in China cabinets and french doors to patio. Cozy family room and a sun filled living room with gas fireplace.
The upper levels include a wonderful master suite and four more bedrooms and updated bathrooms.
A wonderful finished lower level completes this beautiful home!"

This house was built in 1930, and seems to be a bit of the formula that they were using for the houses in Homeland at that time, as there are several similar ones. It doesn't have the flourishes that many others do. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

209 Paddington Road

Every so often when I google Palmer & Lamdin, something from a few years ago pops up, even though I use the "last month" as the time parameter. So, it was interesting to find 209 Paddington Road, which was last on the market in 2016.
Here's the description:

A unique 1928 Palmer-Lamdin jewel on coveted Homeland block. Architecturally significant historic stone residence with French and English design inspiration.
Beautifully maintained. Very flexible living spaces. Two fireplaces.
French doors from both living and dining rooms to extraordinary stone terrace/outdoor living.
Wonderful gardens and landscaping.
Attached garage.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

On the Market: 5502 Roland Avenue

I spent a lot of time in this house in my younger days. One of my friends moved there with her family, and even after we'd grown up, I house-sat for her mother for weeks at a time, over a several year period. So, I can attest to the accuracy of the description below.
This storybook house is what dreams are made of! Stone Cotswold-style house located in prestigious Roland Park North.
This Palmer & Lamdin design displays their attention to detail, sloped slate roof, Butler stone, soaring stone chimney, divided light windows, stone patios and curving front walkway. 
Architectural surprises await including upstairs family room with fireplace.
Tastefully decorated and updated throughout.
Large living spaces include living room, dining room and sun-room. 

Eat in kitchen updated with cream color painted cabinets, glass door cabinets with lighting, granite counters, stainless steel appliances. Large kitchen island for family gatherings. 
Large master bedroom with walk in closet & bath.
Hall bath is updated with subway tiled large shower and glass doors. Bedroom no. three has a fun little private half-bath. Bedroom no. four has the third floor all to itself with a full bath. 

Finished lower level with storage and a laundry room. Two stone patios, one with an awning, and a manicured fenced back yard offer charming outdoor space. Two car attached garage off of the back lane allow for easy access. 
Few Baltimore neighborhoods offer the walking ability that this house enjoys. Walk to Eddie's, schools, library, bank, post office and Starbucks. This is truly a special house and you will know that the minute you see it. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

On the Market: 205 St. Martin's Road

A classic Guilford home designed by Edward Palmer (the first architect appointed by the Roland Park Company who later partnered with Mr. Lamdin). Mr. Palmer patterned this home after the newer English country homes in Britain. 
Entering the spacious foyer with rear facing stairs, one is enveloped in utter charm and character. While noticing the fine detail in workmanship such as the fluted columns and dentil moldings, your eye takes you all the way through to the family room in the back of the home. 
The formal living room runs from front to back with dentil moldings and fluted columns, wood-burning fireplace and custom builtin bookcases. Entertaining in the graciously proportioned dining room complete with dentil moldings and wainscoting is an elegant feature of this home. 
The sunny family room has an abundance of windows with a southern exposure and entrance to an awning covered deck. The well maintained kitchen has been the source of many gourmet meals and has room for a center island and breakfast table. A powder room is conveniently located just off the kitchen. 
An expansive Master Bedroom suite includes a closeted dressing room and newly remodeled master bath with soaking tub and glass shower. Two other bedrooms are located on this level along with another remodeled hall bath with laundry. The third floor has two additional bedrooms (one with a fireplace which has been closed to service) and a recently remodeled third full bath with shower. 
A full unfinished basement has plenty of room for storage (some shelving included) and outside entrance. A detached two car garage and a lovely private back yard which backs up to open space is an added amenity. 

Quietly located just off of Greenway within an easy walk to the beautiful Sherwood Gardens. Truly a wonderful walking neighborhood.

Listing is here. (Honestly, this is one of the better-written real estate listings I've seen... most of them are borderline illiterate.)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

On the Market: 5206 Springlake Way

When Homeland was being built, one of the main architecture firms designing the houses was Palmer & Lamdin. They were responsible for many of the houses along Springlake Way and the Lakes. They designed the houses at 5202, 5204, 5206, 5209, 5211, 5212, 5214 and 5222 Springlake Way.
From the listing:
One-of-a-kind stone brick Palmer and Lamdin English Tudor/French cottage perched on hill just off the lakes. Beautifully updated and maintained.
Three bedrooms, with a possible fourth, or study/den. Master bedroom with updated master bath, with double sized shower. Large walk-in closet with custom organizers and washer and dryer. Updated kitchen with cook’s stove and island, custom cabinets.
Living room with dramatic fireplace.
Dining room with built-in china cabinets.
Two tier bluestone patio for dining and entertaining. Two car garage with updated door.
Beautiful landscaping and meticulously maintained.
Move in ready. The listing is here


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

On the Market: Possible P&L on Winding Way

I write a column every other week for Baltimore Fishbowl called Hot House. I get to peruse the local real estate listings to see what is on the market. I've asked friends who are real estate agents to clue me in when they find P&L properties. 

I suspect this week's Hot House is a P&L design because of the "tells" that are characteristic of their houses. Starting at the front, details include: 
1) the chimneys with diamond turned-brick details,
 2) the steel casement windows, 
3) the multi-layered façade that advances and recedes,
and 4) the mix of stone and brick, including a variety of brickwork bonds.

Some of the other details, include this wonderful staircase, 
and this loggia with stone and brick arches.
It's always a good thing thing when a real estate listing comes with a floor plan, as it makes it so much easier to visualize the property.
It's mandatory in real estate listings in the UK, complete with measurements, and I wish they'd do it here. The quirky lay-out is another P&L tell. 

The best part of this house is the Google Street View image.
Bless her heart. At least she's weeding. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wickford Road, Roland Park

I came across a reference to some P&L houses on Wickford Road in Roland Park. You might know that Wickford is in two parts, between Cold Spring Lane and University Parkway. However, the two parts are not connected. 

The northern section, off of Cold Spring, has mostly brick Tudor-style semi-detached houses, mainly in groups of three or five. 
The southern section, off University Parkway has more of a mix of houses, including "newer" brick semi-detached one, plus others. 
On a curve, coming down from Northfield place, are three houses, designed by Edward Palmer, and featured in the 1913 issue of Brickbuilder magazine, which had written an article about Roland Park. 
Unfortunately, the Google Streetview doesn't have great images of these houses because there are so many old trees. But what you can clearly see is the center house above, first in 1913, 
and then on Streetview. 
One of the brick posts is still standing and a driveway has been added. It is pretty amazing how similar the current house is to the house more than 100 years old. I would love to see the plans for this house! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Gateway Houses

As you enter Guilford from the south, the road divides and forms a triangular park, with Greenway to the east and St. Paul Street to the west. At the base of the triangle, there are two houses, mirrors of each other, which are known locally as the Gateway Houses. I wrote about one of them here in 2013. 

These two houses are separate from every other house, with parkland both in front and in back of them, even though only the south park shows on this map. 
The houses were built in 1926, and one is listed as French Renaissance Revival, and oddly, the other is listed as Colonial Revival. 
The houses were built for brothers, and share a common garage area. One house's garage is now a study and the other remains a garage. 
This house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, one of which takes advantage of the variable roof-line.
It looks like, in most cases, this house has retained its original windows, which have panoramic park and garden views. 

One of the most wonderful features of this house is the covered vaulted loggia, a perfect venue for dining al fresco.


Just outside of the shared drive/garage ares is a small pond, and a vast expanse of grass, which the owners pretend is theirs, but it's really not.
The house has a wonderful curved staircase, overlooked by a double-height window with a view of the south end of the park and towards the city. 
There are some historic images of the two houses from the collection of the Library of Congress, which shows the houses just after they were built. 




You can see the door to the loggia in this image. 

These are such wonderful houses, and they don't come on the market very often.
This listing is from 2016, and the other was on the market in 2013.
The houses were originally whitewashed brick, but they have mellowed to a rosy hue.