Gibson Island, Hot House

Glass Tree House For Sale, Again: Gibson Island Landmark Drops The Price By Half

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 9:47am

This is a Hot House column that ran back in 2012. The house, designed by Ulrich Franzen —  you know, Ulrich Franzen — is back on the market, now priced at $1,290,000, so if you were interested back then, now’s the time ….

HOT HOUSE: 703 Skywater Road, Gibson Island, Md. 21056


International modern style, stone and steel construction, circa 1962, in good condition.  Three bedrooms, three full baths on two stories, with elevator and indoor resistance pool. 2,826 sq. ft. on a 1.1 acre lot, landscaped and wooded: $2,275,000


What:  An unusual house for Gibson Island — sleek and contemporary, even after fifty years, beautifully designed and in mint condition –sitting at the top of a gently sloping lot. One of the attractive features of this house is the size, a very manageable three bedrooms, and another is its attractive and low-maintenance lot – note to self: invest early-on in quality landscaping. Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides let in dappled light and offer pretty woodland views.  Many hallmarks of quality construction – not always present in houses from this era – are present here. Tongue and groove mahogany ceilings and Italian tile floors are stunning, fireplaces are stone, large rooms have good flow. Plenty of room, but space is also used efficiently. Everything has been modernized, kitchen, baths etc.  Radiant heat and central air.



Where: Private, under-the-radar enclave on a private island in the Chesapeake Bay with beaches and trails. Families have been coming for generations. Very safe, security is tight. There is a private club with tennis, golf, summer camp, pool, etc. (membership not included with real estate purchase) boating is a main activity. Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, about an hour from each.  Gibson Island is 1,000 acres, owned by 193 owners (1/3 fee simple, 2/3 stock). From Baltimore, take 295 South to 695 East to Rt. 10 South and the 100 East. Merge onto Mountain Road, MD-177 East, drive 6 miles to the Gibson Island Gate house. Entrance by appointment only.


Would Suit: Landlubbers, more interested in dinner-at-the-club than day-cruising.


Why: Always wanted indoor resistance pool.


Why Not: No water in sight, except for resistance pool. Views are lovely, but price tag seems hefty for no water access.


NB: Elevator makes house very accessible to anyone with a stair problem.



Featured, Food & Drink, Hampden

Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites to Open in Hampden Friday

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 9:45am

Le Garage Beer Bar & FritesHampden is ready to welcome a new bar and restaurant to take over the old Dogwood location. Le Garage, which as you probably got from the name is a casual French place, opens this Friday on the Avenue.

The executive chef is Sarah Acconcia, formerly of the 13.5% Wine Bar, who has been tasked with crafting “working class” versions of fancy French staples and putting new twists on “peasant dishes.” >Entrees will be priced between $15 and $19 “for the most part” (though City Paper has it between $16 and $23 for single-person entrees). Read More →

Featured, Lifeline, Schools

Hopkins Campaigns to Curb Pedestrian Deaths in Baltimore

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 8:45am

via Graham Coreil-Allen on Flickr

via Graham Coreil-Allen on Flickr

30 percent of all pedestrian crashes in Maryland happen right in Baltimore. That’s 700 pedestrian crashes in the city every year. 100 result in a death. Of the other 600, many cause “life changing injuries.” Luckily, Johns Hopkins has offered its research prowess to solving the public safety issue, and it’s teaming with the MVA to campaign for pedestrian safety.

What did they learn from their 4,000-respondent online survey, focus groups, and expert interviews? Motorists and pedestrians are equally to blame for the accidents. The campaign is urging walkers to “stop, wait, go slow. Be alert and don’t get hurt.” It doesn’t look sound that catchy at first, but it’s memorable enough. Read More →


Wednesday Morning Headlines: Towson University Earns Nat’l Recognition for Green Practices; Brown Responds to Gansler Gaffe; Slain 14-Year-Old Remembered as a Good Friend; and More

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 7:00am

Brown says Gansler comments on military service were ‘reckless and irresponsible’ - Washington Post

Towson University Earns National Recognition for ‘Green’ Practices - North Baltimore Patch

Slain 14-year-old remembered as a good friend - Baltimore Sun

Netflix, home of ‘House of Cards,’ to raise prices - Baltimore Sun

Spring-time for Wye Oak - City Paper

Police Accuse Father & Son Of Being Drug Traffickers - CBS Baltimore

In wake of Columbia mall shooting, Ken Ulman proposes increased mental health spending for Howard County - Baltimore Business Journal

D.C. prison guard arrested on bribery charges - Washington Post


Tuesday afternoon headlines: University Of Maryland Hockey Player Found Dead Of Alleged Overdose; Towson-area artisans to display their creations at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival; Domino Debuts Its Sugar Cane Hard Hat & Solar Powered Sign; and more

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 4:46pm

University Of Maryland Hockey Player Found Dead Of Alleged Overdose- CBS Baltimore

14-Year-Old Shot In The Head Makes 7th Teen Killed In Baltimore This Year- CBS Baltimore

Towson-Area Artisans to Display Their Creations at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival- Baltimore Sun

The Faces Behind First Mariner Bank’s New Ownership Group- Baltimore Business Journal

Man Charged with Fatally Shooting Neighbor after Sunday Cookout- Baltimore Sun

Domino Debuts Its Sugar Cane Hard Hat & Solar Powered Sign- CBS Baltimore

Walmart Launching Store-To-Store Money Transfer Thursday- Baltimore Business Journal

House of the Day

House of the Day: Classic Roland Park Arts & Crafts Home

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 4:00pm

4709 Keswick Road, Roland Park
6 bedroom(s), 2 bathroom(s)
4709 Keswick Road
4709 Keswick Road
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Giving, Lifeline

MDSPCA Weekly Pet Adoption: Snowball, Shiba Inu mix

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 3:30pm

Snowball Shiba Inu mix

Please say hello to…

Snowball, 1 year old, neutered male, Shiba Inu mix

Hi, hi, hi! I’m an energetic and fun loving dog looking for a new home this spring. I’m active enough to jog, if you’re into that, and I’m small enough to keep your lap warm without squishing you. If you think I’m a good fit, please visit me at the Maryland SPCA pet adoption center and take me home with you today?


Adoption Center Visitation Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 2:30pm – 6:15pm

Wednesday - Friday: 12:00pm – 4:45pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 3:45pm

Register now for the 2014 March for the Animals on Sunday, April 27, and help us save lives! Don’t miss this exciting day of contests, demonstrations, vendors, entertainment and a 1.5-mile walk around the lake at Druid Hill Park to benefit the MD SPCA.  It’s our biggest, most important fundraiser of the year.  Register at

No national organization supports our operations, and we receive no government funds. We depend upon local donations to make a difference in the lives of animals.


Shop Local, Sponsored Post, Stevenson Village

Everything Spring Chic at Liza Byrd Boutique

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 3:00pm

Liza has been busy this spring, traveling throughout to bring you classic finds in unique styles.  Soft cotton tunics and breezy blouses will keep you in the spirit this flower-filled season, along with stylish dresses, spring savvy rainwear and hard to find resort wear for women and girls. Don’t forget to save the date for the Charleston Shoe Trunk Sale!

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The Joy Top in Navy and White Joy is a classic smock neck button front cotton top. This style is a fantastic fit with smocking at the top and button front opening. Pair this with white or denim jeans and wear throughout the year.Buy Now The Joy Top in Navy and White


The Gretchen Top in Tangerine
The Gretchen Top in Tangerine
The Theresa Tunic in Sorbet Ikat
The Theresa Tunic in Sorbet Ikat
The Lauren Top With Blue Hand Block Printing
The Lauren Top With Blue Hand Block Printing


Culture, Sponsored Post

Upcoming Events at The Ivy Bookshop

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 2:30pm


Thursday, April 24, 7 PM.
Benjamin Ross: 
Dead End

Environmental scientist and transit activist Benjamin Ross discusses his exploration of suburban sprawl.  Dead Endtraces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat where hardworking members of the middle class could raise their children away from the city mutated into the McMansion-and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today.


Benjamin Ross was president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit for 15 years. He is an environmental consultant and has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences and EPA Science Advisory Board.

Saturday, April 26, 7 PM.
Jon Leiberman: Whitey on Trial

Whitey on Trial reveals the truth through dramatic trial testimonyand interviews with victims, FBI agents, state police, federal prosecutors, Bulger’s defense team and members of the jury who convicted Bulger on 31 counts, including eleven murders.

Jon Leiberman is a nationally recognized expert on crime, victims’ advocate and hard-charging investigative reporter, as well as the host of “Leiberman Live” on Sirius XM.


Monday, April 28, 7 PM.
STARTS HERE! reading series, hosted by Jen Michalski 
At Artifact Coffee
  1500 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211

The April installment of our Starts Here! reading series at Artifact Coffee. Hosted by Jen Michalski, the evening will feature writers Maud Casey (The Man Who Walked Away), D. Foy (Made to Break), and Joseph Riippi (A Cloth House).

Tuesday, April 29, 7 PM.
David Grimm:  
Citizen Canine

Citizen Canine explores the rich and surprising history of our favorite companion animals.  Grimm reveals the changing social attitudes that have turned pets into family members, and the remarkable laws and court cases that have elevated them to quasi-citizens.   We are entering a new age of pets–one that is fundamentally transforming our relationship with these animals and reshaping the very fabric of society.


Thursday, May 1, 7 PM.
Ayelet Waldman: Love and Treasure

 At Chizuk Amuno Congregation   8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

Love and Treasure weaves a tale around the true history of the Hungarian Gold Train. The stories of an American lieutenant charged with guarding a captured train filled with unspeakable riches, his granddaughter and a Hungarian woman who lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust intertwine in Ayelet Waldman’s novel.

Monday, May 5, 7 PM.
Murder, They Wrote

Join mystery writers Frances Brody (Dying in the Wool), Sujata Massey (The Salaryman’s Wife), Hank Phillippi Ryan (The Wrong Girl), Marcia Talley (Dark Passage), and Elaine Viets (Catnapped!), for readings, discussion and refreshments.

How Does Your Garden Show?, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Spring Roars in Like A Lion with Baltimore Blossoms

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 2:02pm

Two 80-degree days last week brought spring roaring in like a lion with.  So much popped out: forsythia,


tulips, grape hyacinths,


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