Short sale cottage at 5405 Springlake sells for $500,000 in Homeland.
Short sale cottage at 5405 Springlake sells for $500,000 in Homeland. (Photo courtesy of Long & Foster, Baltimore Sun)

A stone cottage in Baltimore's Homeland neighborhood sold recently for $500,000 in a short sale. The 85-year-old home, with its steeply pitched roof, gables and dormers, sits on a beautifully landscaped quarter of an acre.

"The architecture is lovely, with its stone exterior and a screened-in porch in the back," said buyer's agent Ashley Richardson of Long & Foster Real Estate. "The rooms are a good size with high ceilings and easy furniture placement. The house needs some exterior paint, but [the buyers] got a really good deal."

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With just under 3,000 square feet of interior living space, the home's traditional layout features three fireplaces, two of which are wood-burning. Five bedrooms and four bathrooms are a real plus.

"Almost every bedroom has its own bathroom," Richardson said. "The buyers have twins, a boy and a girl, so to have their own bathrooms is nice."

The living room, dining room and sitting room highlight carpeting over wood flooring, while the large eat-in kitchen features ceramic tile.

"The kitchen was completely updated with granite counters, maple cabinets and [a lot of] storage," Richardson said. "The buyer is a caterer, so she fell in love with the kitchen."

Appliances in the remodeled kitchen include a dishwasher, disposal, microwave, and gas oven and range.

Even though presented in "as is" condition, the house was move-in-ready. Additional amenities include a sunroom, a master bath with ceramic tile, crown molding, wainscoting, a wet bar and a partially finished basement with separate entrance, a pitched slate roof and a garage.

The specs

Address: 5405 Springlake Way, Baltimore 21212

Sale Price: $500,000

Taxes: $12,700

Year Built: 1928

Listing agent: Brian Hannon, Prudential PenFed Realty

Buyer's agent: Ashley Richardson, Long & Foster Real Estate

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