September 22, 2022

Bright Tuscan apartment well suited to a slower lifestyle

221 Stony Run Lane, Unit 1-F.

Hot House: Stylish co-op in classic Tuscan apartments. Two bedrooms/one bathroom. Asking price: $200,000.

What: If you know anything about Baltimore architecture, you’ve surely seen buildings designed by Clyde Nelson Friz, an extremely accomplished residential architect of the early decades of the 1900s. Desired Residential) of Tuscany-Canterbury, are an excellent example of his work. And if you know Tuscany-Canterbury, it’s full of stunningly beautiful apartments and old houses, responding to the styles indicated by its name.

Units in Tuscany don’t come on the market very often because residents love them so much! They are grand and graceful and feature details not seen in contemporary buildings, including working fireplaces, arched windows, and hardwood floors. The property also includes beautiful gardens which are open to residents for strolling, contemplating or even gardening.

This unit, #1-F, has two generous bedrooms and one bath and is located on the main floor of the building. As you enter the unit, you see three floor-to-ceiling arched windows in front of you that overlook the extensive gardens of the property. This sunny living room also has a wood-burning fireplace to make the room more cozy.

To one side of the entrance hall is the dining room and kitchen, as well as an interconnecting pantry. On the other side are two bedrooms and a bathroom. Each unit has storage space on the lower level in what was once a maid’s room, with hardwood floors and a window.

Keep in mind this is not a place for someone who wants the latest modern amenities like a spa shower and hot tub, a huge Sub-Zero fridge, or an on-site bar and workout room for residents. It is for someone who wants to live a slower, more graceful and tranquil lifestyle, reminiscent of the elegance that the building conveys. Unit 1-F is waiting for that special someone who will move in and live there for years (like my two great aunts!).

Or: Tuscany-Canterbury is one of Baltimore’s many “secret” neighborhoods, nestled between University Parkway, 39th Street and Linkwood Road. The building includes a garage where residents can rent a parking space, an expansive lot where residents can help with gardening, and some of the finest architecture in the city.

This unit is walking distance to Johns Hopkins University and walking distance to the Rotunda or the restaurants of Charles Village and 33rd Street. Calvert School is a five minute walk away and there are other schools just up Roland Avenue or Charles Street. Since this is a co-op, monthly fees are calculated for the entire property and then divided, but include applicable taxes, heating, hot water, maintenance and management, garbage and snow removal. Residents are responsible for electricity, gas for appliances and Wi-Fi.

Final rating: Units available in Tuscany are scarce, as residents come and stay. Unit 1-F isn’t for everyone, but it would be a perfect landing spot for an eccentric, bookish professor at Hopkins or a scientist studying the stars at the nearby Webb Space Telescope. The house list is here.

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