Lovely Oakenshawe

Lovely Oakenshawe, this National Register Historic District has limited inventory for the best reason, people love to call this community home.

Almost 100 years ago, along University Place, a group of houses designed by Flournoy and Flourney Architects were being built for the Guilford-adjacent Oakenshawe neighborhood. These houses were smart in-town properties designed to be convenient to the booming city amenities such as the streetcar. Known as “daylight houses” they boasted natural daylight in every room, accomplished in middle rooms by roof skylights. [1]

The roaring twenties architects blended elements of neoclassical and colonial revival styles with arts and crafts elements. Oakenshawe homes have a petite mansion feel. The current owners have enhanced the spatial experience with gorgeous architect-series Pella windows.

Move right in to a well-maintained space that is ready to serve as a foundation for your best life. Available, but not likely to last long, this elegant house will impress you. From top to bottom; start with five sunlight-filled bedrooms with a full bath on each upper level. These rooms have versatility to also function as an office, library, or media rooms. The main floor has a classic floor plan designed for entertaining. Tall cabinets and a large pantry off the kitchen offer plenty of storage for culinary adventure. The formal landscaped back garden is a delightful place to relax and features; a weeping river birch tree, crape myrtle, azaleas, and hostas among other plantings.The lower level is tidy and perfect for storage. We love that this house offers both zoned central air conditioning and radiator heat. Need a space for projects? There is room to have a workshop or studio.

The walkability score of this neighborhood is in the highest percentile. You may not need your car, however, you’ll always find an easy spot to park. Favorite nearby amenities include; the year-round Waverly Farmers Market, Sherwood Gardens, Lake Montebello, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and the numerous shopping and dining options of Charles Village.

Interested in taking this classic property to the next level? Savvy Oakenshawe homeowners can take advantage of eligible CHAP tax credits for renovations. Join the Oakenshawe Improvement Association for only $20 per year. According to a neighborhood historian, University Place in Oakenshawe was once known as “Lawyers Row” due to the number of attorneys who lived there. A vote of confidence from a discerning audience!

The community puts on an annual Halloween Parade, terrace party, and other seasonal events. Home to many university professors that work nearby, Oakenshawe balances a feeling of being part of the city with a sense of privacy and tranquility. An Urban oasis awaits you.

[1] Source: Baltimore’s Historic Oakenshawe: From Colonial Land Grant to Streetcar Suburb, by D.J. Wilson, Arcadia Publishing 2019