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.