104 Woodbrook Lane, Baltimore
5 bedroom(s), 7 bathroom(s)
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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 →
Hot House: 5 Farview Road, Baltimore, 21212
Brick ranch-style house with siding, circa 1954. Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths over 3,544 sq. ft., with three fireplaces, hardwood floors, large screened-in porch, large master suite, open floor plan, finished basement, zoned heat, central a/c. One acre, private, landscaped lot with attached two car garage and back deck: $895,000
What: A ranch house — that late, great, all-American style that virtually defines the mid-century modern era. Appearing first in the 1930’s, by 1950 nine out of ten new houses built in America were ranch houses. It was a love affair that continued into the 1980’s, when changing fashions and higher incomes, as well as a glaring over-supply, relegated the ranch house to the dust bin of real estate fantasy. This one though, is a rancher that even a post-baby boomer could love, with high-end construction that makes up for its plain design, a bright, stair-less main floor, and a practical floor plan. Much of the house is oriented toward the back, with windows overlooking the pretty and private deck and yard. Living room has a wood-burning fireplace set into an exposed stone wall. Kitchen has been updated, although not, perhaps, totally state-of-the-art. Same with the bathrooms, although the master bath is very large and luxurious, as is the adjoining master bedroom with its views of the garden, a large fireplace and walk-in closet. The nicely finished lower level (and unfinished attic) gives you a lot of extra room. Time for a ranch-revival? Read More →
I love grocery shopping. Absolutely love it. I’m proud to say that I think part of my grocery shopping success — what makes it feel more like a pleasant outing than a chore — is that I don’t subject myself to the giant chains. It’s not hard, since Baltimore is a town with a spectrum of options when it comes to stocking the kitchen, and among the crowd one store stands out: Eddie’s of Roland Park. How, exactly? Well, for generations it has offered the finest meats and produce, fancy foods and one-of-a-kind customer service that families in North Baltimore have come to rely on and cherish.
This Saturday, the Baltimore culinary landmark celebrates 20 years (and three generations) at the Charles Street store with a “Shop Local” anniversary event. The event is meant as a way to say “thank you” to customers old and new, while offering tastings from some of Maryland’s finest food purveyors. This doesn’t just mean tasty samples (though of course, there’ll be plenty). It also means a meet-and-greet with local vendors. As Nancy Cohen, President of Eddie’s (and the daughter of its founder, Victor Cohen) tells us, “We have always prided ourselves on our relationships with local vendors. We like to say that we promoted local products before it was fashionable to do so.” And in terms of selecting local products for its shelves, Eddie’s certainly knows how to pick ‘em. The store has been a dedicated carrier of Zeke’s Coffee (the treasured local roaster currently has Orioles themed coffees available in the stores) as well as of Albert Kirchmayr—a noted local purveyor of top-quality, hand-crafted chocolates. They also carry Vanns Spices—locally bottled herbs, spices and seasoning blends favored by chefs and home cooks across the country. “What makes these vendors special,” says Cohen, “is the care they take in making their products. They use the best ingredients in products that make Baltimore proud. We know our customers like to support local businesses and small businesses, as do we. These vendors are not big corporations, they are small, closely held businesses, just like Eddie’s of Roland Park.” Read More →
7343 Brightside Road, Baltimore
6 bedroom(s), 8 bathroom(s)
7,700 square feet
From the realtor’s website: “Gorgeous Custom Home under construction in the heart of desirable Ruxton, steps from Lake Roland. Open floor plan boasts 10 ft ceilings throughout, two masonry fireplaces, dual staircases, an elevator and more. Gourmet Kitchen includes Viking 48″ dual fuel range, wine cooler, dishwasher drawer and ceiling height Brookhaven maple cabinets. Still time to select finishes in this exquisite home!”
Hot House: 25 Woodbrook Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21212
Stone manor-style house, circa 1934, with five acres of land, backing on the seventh hole of the Elkridge Club golf course. Eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, on three stories, 7,724sq. feet: $2.5 million
What: Among the finest houses in Baltimore — built for the owner’s family by Laurence Fowler, a well known Baltimore architect (see Guilford) — this is its first time on the market in over fifty years. Rolling front yard feels like the English countryside — giant ginko trees, looming pines — think Downton Abbey (and you, strolling the grounds with your lab). The façade is a warm, weathered stone. You enter the center hall, with black and white marble floors, at once grand and welcoming, and turn to face a large living room, butternut-wood paneled library, and dining room off the main foyer. French doors in nearly every room all seem to have a southern exposure – this is by design. Down the east wing is the large, sunny kitchen. Bathrooms and kitchen probably want redoing, but overall, the house is in mint condition — slate roof appears in perfect shape, the basement warm and dry, and with its baronial fireplace, evoking a medieval mead hall. Bedrooms upstairs are large, bright and generously supplied with both closets and views. Too numerous to mention are the architectural details — carved wooden moldings, casement windows with bronze mullions, etc. — throughout the house. And yes, just past the trees in the back, visible from the stone patio off the library, rolling green hills and the challenge of the seventh hole.
Where: A prime location, Woodbrook Lane combines the feel of a rural country lane with immediate, but invisible, access to Charles Street. Coming north on Charles Street, out of the city, Woodbrook Lane is on the left, just past the Brown Memorial Church. The house is second on the left, windows shining in the sun, at the top of the hill. At its end, the street runs into Robert E. Lee Park, so there’s no through traffic, and it’s quiet at all hours.
Would Suit: Lord and Lady Grantham – of Baltimore
Why: Gorgeous old trees, copper gutters, stonework details – they don’t make houses like this anymore.
Why not: “Trees, schmees” – you’d rather a newly-built, fully-wired French chateau in Owings Mills.
NB: The original 17-acre lot is being subdivided, so that you will have five new houses — on two acre lots — nearby in a few years.
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