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Old Tyme Fun at Homewood House (Featuring Chickens, Bees)

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 10:43am

If you’re a fan of the archaic, the quaint, the old-tymey; if you’re the type who likes making her own beeswax candles; if you’ve often dreamed of living in a big pretty farm house with a goat inside the Baltimore City line, well then Historic Farm Day is for you.

The Historic Farm in question is now the Homewood House Museum, a classy-looking building on top of a grassy knoll on Johns Hopkins’s campus, right next to the library. And sure, these days it’s right in the middle of the Charles Village bustle. But 111 years ago, it was a working farm and summer estate for Charles Carroll Jr., complete with fruit orchards, a dairy, a smoke house, an ice house, and a cattle barn. (Incidentally, the cattle barn is still standing, and serves as the home for Hopkins’s undergraduate theater program.)

Usually, the old house serves as a museum of its own period furnishings and architecture. But now that homesteading nostalgia is trendy once again, Homewood is celebrating its other history — its past as a working farm. This Sunday, April 1, Homewood House will host wool-spinning demos, pony rides, chicken-raising show ‘n’ tell, and a program on starting heirloom seeds. There will even be a real-live petting farm.

Hot House, Real Estate & Home, Roland Park

Rambling Roland Park Beauty

2 Written by: | Monday, Aug 22, 2011 12:00am

HOT HOUSE: 204 Ridgewood Road, Baltimore 21210

A uniquely designed shingle-style mansion in Roland Park, built in 1900.  Over five thousand square ft. house on a one acre lot, with eight bedrooms, five baths, six working fireplaces and porches with views: $1,195,000


What: Holy gables, batman! A prime example of this great American architecture style. What’s special, besides the wide, domed gable in the front, is the amount of natural light that floods the interior from large, well-placed windows on the south-facing rear of the house. Porches wrap the house and overlook landscaped gardens, sloping lawn and trees. Enter the grand foyer, where sunshine from a huge, leaded glass window at the top of the double-wide stairs pours down to illuminate the ground floor. Sightlines are nicely designed, there are views of porches and sky from nearly every room. Large dining room to the right of the entrance hall, with the gourmet kitchen behind — it’s distinctive turquoise cabinetry might not be your first choice, but it works. Left side of the entrance has the living room, opening to a family room behind. All these rooms are big, (like 20’x15)’ so you may need to up the furniture budget.

Upstairs, many bedrooms, brochure says five, you could call it eight. The master bedroom has walk-in closets and en-suite bathroom, all on the old-fashioned side.  Bathrooms could use some updating too, showers are small. On the upside, there are several very functional claw-footed bathtubs.  The third floor has a wonderful artists studio, with windows on three sides, a few other bedrooms and a fantastic long narrow, light-filled room lined with built-in cabinets and drawers, like a butler’s pantry. There are also several enclosed porches with leaded glass windows. Hardwood floors throughout, unfinished basement, four-zoned radiator heating and a/c.

Where: Ridgewood Road leads off of Roland Avenue heading south, turn right just a few feet before Cold Spring Lane. Many of Roland Park’s prettiest houses are here, and there are sidewalks wide enough for dogs and strollers, making the ten minute stroll to Petit Louis or Eddie’s a pleasure. Literally two minutes to 83, via Cold Spring Lane, so a 10-minute drive to downtown Baltimore.  

Why:  The third floor artist studio, the porches, the back yard, the wide and generous spaces, the wonderful windows.

Would Suit: Executive family new to Baltimore, can’t believe what $1.2 million gets you here.  Landed Baltimore family, ready to ditch the starter home, not ready for the Valley.  Architecture buffs.

Why not: You can hear, but not see, Cold Spring Lane behind the wooded backyard. 

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