1703 Frederick Road, Catonsville
5 br/3 ba
I love the way that old stone houses flaunt their history and quality, and this 1930 Catonsville beauty is no exception. The home’s classic proportions, period details and attentive landscaping make for some serious curb appeal. Inside the charm continues: original pocket doors, lovely hardwood floors and built-ins galore. But what about that kitchen? Is it “rustic dream” or “tacky theme”? And the bathrooms? Do those fake brass accents (never a great choice) need to go? The good news is it’s well-priced for such a large house. Maybe the new owners will have some extra change to play with? Visualize: Researching period architecture at the local library, this house is worth it.
5017 Wetheredsville Road, Dickeyville
Despite the unfortunate name, I’m kind of crushing on Dickeyville these days. Described in a recent Baltimore Fishbowl Hot House column, the neighborhood is a little known and ridiculously charming historic village…inside the beltway. Fascinating. The “charming” thing is well covered here: the porch, the shutters, the brick chimney are all so darling, the old “red front door” trick seems almost gratuitous. Adding to the home’s appeal is its livable layout; it’s hard to beat four bedrooms and four baths. All this comes with views of the Gwynns Falls Park for less than $300,000? Go look. This might just be an urban legend. Visualize: Working on your MICA continuing studies homework on that back patio.