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Hot property: Updated grand Victorian in North Roland Park is listed for $1.79 million

Address: 5701 Roland Ave., Baltimore 21210

List price: $1,789,000

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Year built: 1889

Real estate agents: Charlie Hatter and Heather Riley, Monument Sotheby’s International Realty

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Last sold price/date: For $325,000 on Oct. 22, 2002

Property size: Over 8,500 square feet, including six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half-baths plus two kitchens and seven fireplaces

Unique features: This home, sometimes called the “Christmas card house” because it has inspired many holiday card designs, exudes the 19th-century Victorian charm that is a hallmark of the Roland Park neighborhood. The Queen Anne style home designed by father and son architects George F. Barber and Charles Barber was previously listed just about a year ago before the owners decided to take it off the market and embark upon some upgrades.

So in addition to its Victorian period appeal such as cupolas, carved balustrades and Tiffany-inspired stained-glass, the home now features new stone tile work, an updated kitchen, new interior and exterior painting, new patio, new windows and a more open design in one second-floor bedroom, where a library/sitting room combo has been created. The exterior of the home has also been recently refurbished.

The space is combined with a versatile living and entertaining area with a wet bar, built-ins, and a half bath, all centered around a sprawling double-sided center gas fireplace.

The updated kitchen offers clean white cabinets, professional stainless appliances and a large island. An open living and entertainment area is adjacent and the spaces share a double-sided fireplace with a stone surround. A primary bedroom suite on the second floor includes a spa-style bathroom with radiant floor heating.

In addition to the wraparound porch there are multiple decks and patios for outdoor entertaining. The lot size is just under an acre, which allows enough space to add a pool, pool house or an additional garage.


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