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Featured, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden, Ruxton

Grand Ruxton Mansion on Bellona, Circa 1923: A Father’s Wedding Gift

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 12:00pm

Hot House: 7206 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton, Baltimore, 21204

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Provencal style mansion in stucco with slate roof and copper trim, circa 1923, with later addition. Five bedrooms, 5 baths, 4,906 sq. feet over 3 stories. Marble foyer, formal living room with stone fireplace, formal dining room, sun room. Trish Houk custom kitchen leads to family room w fireplace, master suite w/ fireplace, separate spa tub, shower. Stone hardscaping and patio, unfinished basement, sound and security systems, heated 2-car garage, extensive landscaping with mature plantings on 2.5 acres: $2,595,000 Read More →

Hot House, Mt. Washington, Real Estate, Home & Garden

You Don’t Have To Be Rich … Just Fast: Dreamy Cottage In Mt. Washington, Sold

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 12:15pm

Hot House: 2303 Crest Road, Baltimore 21209

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English style cottage in stucco and brick, circa 1927, well maintained and sensibly updated. 1,735 sq. ft., with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room with hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, dining room, sunroom, basement. Stone hardscaping, with mature plantings, patio, detached one car garage with parking pad, central a/c: $387,900

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Hot House, Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon Landmark: Robert Long-Designed House On Hamilton Street, Baltimore’s ‘Writers Row’

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 12:30pm



Hot House: 10 W. Hamilton Street, Baltimore, 21201 MD


Historic Federal-era brick townhouse, circa 1818, built by Robert Carey Long, recently renovated.  Three bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with 3,810 square feet over four levels, second floor main living space. Seven fireplaces, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, pantry. Master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, separate bath, shower. Library with built-ins, family room, walled patio garden, central a/c: $589,000 Read More →

Featured, Guilford, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Italian Renaissance House In Guilford, Once Home To Milton S. Eisenhower

4 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 10:55am

Hot House: 12 E. Bishops Road, Baltimore, 21218 MD


Italian Renaissance style house, circa 1914, in natural stucco with green tile roof. 4+ bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and 2 half baths, 7100+ square feet over four levels. 38 foot entrance hall with grand staircase, 12 foot ceilings, 3 fireplaces, leaded glass windows, crown moldings and built-in bookcases, all original architectural detail with over $150k worth of rennovation. Gourmet kitchen, en suite master bedroom with separate shower, wine cellar, home theater, partially finished basement and attic, central a/c, stone veranda, attached garage, mature plantings on .5 acres: $1,230,000 Read More →

Featured, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Fells Point Trophy House: A Prominent 1790 Federal Townhouse On South Ann Street

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 11:01am

Hot House: 732 S. Ann Street, Baltimore, MD 21231


Federal townhouse, brick , circa 1790, original carriage house attached. 2,946 sq. ft., with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths over three stories. Historic restoration with serious attention to period detail. Wood floors and moldings throughout, wood beams and brick fireplaces. Renovated kitchen with French copper sink, marble countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerator. Third floor retains all original Federal appointments.  Small, walled brick patio off the kitchen, original attic. Two-zoned heat and central air: $750,000 (+ parking*)

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What: A rarity in Fells Point, a double-wide townhome that has been both luxuriously and sensitively restored. It shows like a museum. The current owner’s taste is enviable, and while no expense was spared, she opted to retain the architectural features – narrow wooden stairs, deep window sills, red Georgia pine floors — that make it recognizable as an old Baltimore City home. Enter directly into the living room (no entrance hall), which opens to the dining room, with built-in bookshelves and new Brazilian cherry floors. The kitchen is small but inviting – marble countertops, French copper sink and a little table for two by the window. Kitchen overlooks the wood-beamed family room, which used to be the carriage house and has a working fireplace (there are three more working fireplaces in the main house). There’s a half bath downstairs, too. Second floor has two good-sized bedrooms, lots of long, elegant windows, and a nice full bath. Same on the third floor, but more authentic details up here. Good storage, actually generous storage,  throughout. This is everything you could want in a historic Fells Point home. Read More →

Featured, Hot House, Poplar Hill, Real Estate, Home & Garden

The Luxury Downsize: Posh Devon Hill Condo, No Stairs, Just Sunsets

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 11:32am

Hot House: 15 Devon Hill Road, #C7, Baltimore County, MD 21210



Two bedroom, two bath, 1,754 sq. ft. condo, circa 1983, in Devon Hill, with three exposures of light, west facing deck with views, hardwood floors, fireplace, formal dining room, den, no stairs: $425,000


What: In some circles, everyone’s looking for the same thing – a luxury downsize. And when you’re leaving a $1 million + house, $425K doesn’t seem like so much right? Especially for that hard-to-find combination of space, light, quality, safety, low-maintenance, no stairs and location, location, location. This condo fits the bill entirely. The Devon Hill condos were developed in the 1980s by Martin and Tony Azola, on the grounds of the former Windy Hill estate, once owned by the Jenkins family. It’s a quality of construction rare in the world of newly built ‘custom’ homes, and the Azolas were known for their historical sensitivity as builders. Architectural details of the older building — wood paneling, moldings, trims — are incorporated into new elements of design. What makes Devon Hill especially unique is that it is surrounded on three sides by quiet rolling hills owned by the Josephite Brothers, who keep it well maintained and peaceful. There is an entrance hall, with formal dining room on the right and kitchen on the left. Kitchen is a comfortable size and has a large and well integrated panty for storage. The whole place is generously supplied with closets and there is good storage throughout. Master bedroom and second bedroom are large and airy. Kitchen and bathrooms are updated, if not modern. A second hallway takes you through to a big living room with wood burning fireplace, lots of sun, and french doors out to a semi-circular, west facing deck. Sitting out here on a warm afternoon or evening, watching the sun set over the hills is an attractive proposition.  Read More →

Hampden, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Where The Money Is: A Two-Story Victorian In Hampden

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 2:11pm


Hot House: 3701 Roland Avenue, Baltimore 21211



Brick Victorian era detached house, circa 1880, with wrap-around porch. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,560 sq. ft, with inlaid wood floors, updated eat-in kitchen, first floor family room, sunroom, unfinished basement.  Fully fenced yard, detached garage/shed: $285,000


What:  A nice, solid and well-maintained house in a good Hampden location. Home values in Hampden will increase by 5.1% this year, according to real estate website Zillow, compared to 4.2% for Baltimore as a whole and 3% for the national average. Although this house is priced well above the average $190,000 home price for Hampden  (Zillow again), it has a lot going for it.  It’s four rooms deep, which gives it more space than usual, and the yard is attractively fenced, which together with the awnings, makes it both distinctive and upscale. Windows have been replaced and there’s a newish roof. The porch faces south and west, so it will get some nice sun — an awesome spot for socializing. The living room has french doors out to the sunroom. The dining room takes you through to the good-sized kitchen with breakfast bar/island. Upstairs the master bedroom is large and bright, and a small bedroom has been turned into a big walk-in closet. The bathroom is not ensuite, and you’ll have to access it from the hall. There’s a second bedroom up here too. Back on the first floor, there is a guest suite with full bath and separate entrance, which could possibly work as a rental.



Where: Roland Avenue at 37th Street, on the corner of a very nice block of row houses. Across the street on Roland is St. Thomas Aquinas elementary school. Across 37th Street is a pretty stone church. Although Roland Avenue can get busy here, traffic isn’t fast moving, and long parts of the day are pretty quiet. It’s an easy walk to all the action on the Avenue, and you can have fun furnishing the house with great finds at the Turnover Shop on Roland, the Antique Exchange on Chestnut, and some cool mid-century places on the Avenue. Good access to the city and points south via the Jones Falls and I83. The new Rotunda redevelopment will be a plus, too. Nearest big green space is Wyman Park, about .4 miles away, and from there, over to Johns Hopkins University.

Would Suit:  Sociable porch sitters.

Why: Hampden is clearly on the rise, and this is a cute but sensible house on a block with lots of curb appeal, near the Avenue.

Why Not: No central air.

NB: There is really no back yard, but there is a one car garage.


Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden, Woodbrook

On The Market: Tyrconnell, Iconic Baltimore Estate With Magnificent Vistas and Formal Gardens

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 10:49am

Hot House: 120 Woodbrook Lane, Baltimore County, MD 21212


Grand English-style Georgian country house, in stone with slate roof and copper trim. Original structure, 1826, rebuilt in 1924. Ten bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, with extraordinary millwork, 13’ ceilings, Lake Roland views, wine cellar, state-of-the art systems. Architect-designed formal gardens, manicured lawns, plantings, tenant house, barn, extensive bluestone hardscaping, emergency whole-house generator, sophisticated security systems, elevator, central air. 22.5 acre property, with private frontage on Lake Roland, stream, pond: $4,950,000


What: Tyrconnell means Land of Connal, the last kingdom of Ireland, ruled for over a thousand years by the O’Donnell family, and now referred to as County Donegal. (Tyrconnell was also an Irish horse that won a famous race at 100-1 odds.) It is a once-in-a-lifetime house, an iconic East Coast estate property that ranks with great American houses from Newport to Palm Beach. Owned and loved by generations of Baltimore’s most prominent and civic minded families, the original Georgian stone house was built in 1826 by John O’Donnell, captain in the East India Company and Baltimore merchant, whose statue stands in Canton. That house was incorporated into the new house that Baltimore businessman John Sears Gibbs (Gibbs Canning Company) built in 1924 with Baltimore architect Walter White. The magnificent gardens, designed by noted landscape architect Arthur Folson Paul, were installed in the late 1920’s, inspired by the gardens at Villa d’Este on Lake Como. They have been beautifully maintained, and virtually every window in the house overlooks tall specimen trees, wide lawns,  stone walls and terraces with mature plantings. Ground floor rooms are largely designed for entertaining,  richly appointed with 13’ ceilings, moldings, carvings, parquet floors and crystal chandeliers. The kitchen has Sub-Zero fridge and Thermador ovens. A library and sitting room offer smaller, more intimate spaces on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master suite is as luxurious as expected – walk in closets, fireplace, dressing rooms, large bathrooms with separate shower and tub. There are several big sunny bedrooms on the second floor, all with views, and a laundry room with  fireplace.(!) A cozy sitting room offers a place to go and pat yourself on the back in private… Read More →

Federal Hill, Hot House, Real Estate, Home & Garden

1900 Federal Hill Townhouse: Renovated, With Downstairs In-Law Suite and Roof Deck

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 11:50am

Hot House: 114 Warren Avenue, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 21230


photos by Tyler Merbler

Three story, brick and stucco, Federal-style townhouse, circa 1900, completely renovated, 2013. 4 bedrooms, 4 full, 2 half baths, with gourmet kitchen, 2-level family room with gas fireplace, two master suites, downstairs apartment with separate entrance, roof deck. Hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, crown molding, wainscoting. Partly finished basement. Zoned heat and central a/c, alarm system and intercom. Pre-wired for cable, Internet: $875,000*


What: With 2,148 sq. feet of interior space, and a light well at its center, 114 Warren Avenue is among the bigger (and brighter) Federal Hill homes, and it’s at the higher end of the neighborhood price range. A well-thought-out renovation, with lots of luxury add-ons (Kitchen has granite counters, large island with breakfast bar, and pantry. Baths have separate showers and tubs, all new. Master bedroom has gas fireplace, walk-in custom closets.) From the marble-tiled entrance, there are views straight back to the two level wall of windows in family room, and out onto a brick patio. At the second floor landing is an enormous 20’x14’ space which is currently a billiard room but could easily be a cool office or media room. It has a balcony overlooking the family room downstairs and a wall of glass at the back. Master bedrooms and baths check all the boxes. Metal spiral stairs lead up to the large, enclosed roof deck with panoramic Baltimore views. The in-law suite downstairs, with separate entrance, is one good-sized room with kitchenette and a second laundry closet (there’s another on the third floor) with stacked washer/dryers. Natural light comes through high windows. Read More →

Annapolis, Hot House

Price Drop on National Historic Landmark: Annapolis’ Peggy Stewart House

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 11:09am

Hot House: ‘Peggy Stewart House’ 207 Hanover Street, Annapolis, MD 21401


National Historic Landmark brick (English bond) Georgian with slate roof, circa 1764. Three stories with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,756 sq. ft.. Panoramic views of Maryland State House, harbor and old town Annapolis. Gourmet kitchen with Sub-zero and granite, master suite w/separate shower and bath, sunroom overlooking .4 manicured acres, 250-year old boxwood gardens, 8-car garage, unfinished basement and attic, widow’s walk: $2,800,000 (was $3.2 million)


What: Serious historic mansion in pleasant urban environs. Although the Declaration of Independence’s least famous signer, Thomas Stone, lived here in the 1780’s, it’s called the Peggy Stewart house after the ill-fated cargo ship (and daughter) of an earlier owner, wealthy Annapolis merchant Anthony Stewart. In 1774, Stewart made the mistake of paying the hated British tax on the Peggy Stewart’s cargo of tea as it sat in the Annapolis harbor. Angry citizens forced him to set fire to it, in an event called “the Annapolis Tea Party.” The house has been well preserved since that time, with a few additions and thoughtful renovations, and its historic and architectural authenticity is well intact. The rooms are generously proportioned, with 9’ ceilings and original details. The kitchen is not huge, but big enough, with an original wood burning fireplace, a butler’s pantry and views out to beautiful gardens. The glass enclosed sunroom works as a casual eating room, also with lovely views.  Current owner Paige Lescure is a lawyer, of counsel to Miles and Stockbridge, currently at the University of Maryland Law School. She raised four daughters here, as well as a large Great Dane.

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