Big Fish, Culture, Featured, Schools

Big Fish: Sue Sadler, the New Head of the Bryn Mawr School, Is All About The Girls

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 12:45pm

Bryn Mawr’s new head of school, Sue Sadler, with students at the start of the school year.

In her second week into the new school year, Sue Sadler seems upbeat and at-ease. Her official start as the new head at the Bryn Mawr School was July 1, and she’s spent the past few months settling-in at Bryn Mawr and in Baltimore. She’s eager and ready to lead.

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Culture, Featured

A Lacrosse Stick Takes The Long Way Home: A Baltimore Lax Story

22 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 08, 2015 12:30pm

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It’s May, 1975. Gerald Ford is in the White House, John Denver’s “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” is heading to number one on the charts, and eighth ranked Washington and Lee is on its way to defeating the top-seeded Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA lacrosse tournament at Hopkins — the only time a top-seeded team has ever, in the history of lacrosse, lost in the first round.

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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 →

Real Estate & Home, Station North

House of the Day: Historic Warehouse, 13,000 Sq. Ft. In Station North

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 4:15pm

401 Oliver Street, Greenmount West
1 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
401 Oliver Street
401 Oliver Street
401 Oliver Street
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Featured, Hot House, Real Estate & Home

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

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 →

Fells Point

House Of The Day: Pretty Fells Point Townhouse: Renovated, Restored, With Master Suite

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 4:30pm

624 Wolfe Street, Fells Point
3 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
Restored home in Fells Point. Footsteps from everything. Charming 3br,2.5ba, mix of restored and renovated. Third story addition adds a full master suite. Kitchen has slate floor and granite counter. Rear courtyard and deck are ideal for entertaining. Currently tenant occupied. Call with prior days notice for a showing.
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Hot House, Real Estate & Home, Woodbrook

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

3 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

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 →

Featured, Hot House, Real Estate & Home

High End Farmhouse, Smashing Views, And 21 Private Acres On Garrison Forest Road

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014 10:30am

535 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

 535:rearStucco house with slate roof, copper gutters, circa 1951, extended and luxuriously renovated in 2001. 6,312 sq. ft. over four levels, with 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, 5 fireplaces, 29′ gourmet kitchen and pantry, 34’ family room with chestnut floor and antique beams, master suite with double dressing room/closets, au pair suite, dual offices, library. Swimming pool, 90’ stone patio, screened porch, courtyard with five car garage, extensive deer fencing, 21 acres with stream, trails: $2,400,000

535:screenporch What:  Built in 1951 by Baltimore architect Charles Ness for the Baltimore banker and horse breeder Hugh O’Donovan, this house made its leap into the luxury home category in a no-expense-spared 2001 renovation. Current owners Maris and Bill Baker, with two boys and four dogs, bought it in 2006. “It was too good to pass up. A former owner had done everything, beautifully. Later on he told us he lost $700,000 on the sale, with what he put into it – which included 56 custom mahogany doors …”  The high-end detail is impressive in itself, but it’s the way it was incorporated into the original house that preserves the character and keeps the charm. At every turn there is a noteworthy detail. The roof slates are laid in a European-style graduated pattern, largest slates on the bottom because they get harder wear. The stone patio is sited to take advantage of not just the rear views of lawn and woods, but side views of the pool, to keep an eye on children. Closet doors are all louvered – for air flow. Repurposed chestnut floors and beams in family room are stunning. Most of the property is fenced, so children and dogs can roam safely. Kitchen has Viking range and hood, granite counters, Subzero fridges, plus cool specialized faucet for filling spaghetti pots. The deer fencing alone is worth its weight in gold. Woodland has been cleared of briars and poison ivy. Inside, the house feels informal, partly because there is no grand entrance hall and partly because it rambles a bit, as a farmhouse will.  Bedrooms upstairs, all with modern baths, big showers. Totally finished basement. Totally finished everything.

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