Windsor Hills features interesting mix of homes


October 13, 1991|By Mary Medland | Mary Medland,Special to The Sun

Katharine and Sidney Hollander Jr. are probably the only residents of Windsor Hills who can make the claim of having four generations living on Talbot Road at the same time.

fTC But it's easy to find people who have lived in the neighborhood for decades. That's the kind of community Windsor Hills is.

"We like our house, our children could come home from school for lunch, and the neighborhood is pretty," says the 80-year-old Mrs. Hollander, who has lived here with her husband for 50 years.

"There didn't seem to be any reason to move."

Although she can't boast the Hollanders' longevity, Mildred Forehand has lived in Windsor Hills for three decades. "Windsor Hills is friendly, and its diversity of age, income, race and religion is appreciated," she says. "This was one of the first integrated neighborhoods in Baltimore City."

Windsor Hills, located near the city's western boundary, has a mix of housing, including single-family houses, duplexes and row houses. But it's distinguished by large trees and large homes, much like Roland Park.

And though Windsor Hills once was a summer retreat for Baltimore's wealthy residents, even its stately, columned homes carry modest price tags.

"There is a three-bedroom, 1 1/2 -bath Colonial at 2303 Monticello Road," says Otis Warren realty agent Gail Briscoe. "It has a den, in addition to the three bedrooms, wood floors, a balcony and sun porch, two-car garage and fireplace. It is near Leakin Park and has an asking price of $83,500.

"Another Colonial house for sale is 2517 Talbot Road, which has three bedrooms -- the master bedroom measures 13 feet by 20 feet -- 2 1/2 baths, two fireplaces, hardwood floors, stained-glass windows, an alarm system, modern kitchen with a patio, bay windows -- and an asking price of $116,298."

According to the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, nearly a dozen houses are for sale in the neighborhood.

"Windsor Hills has a lot of very well-appointed homes," Ms. Briscoe says. "And a lot of professionals live in the neighborhood."

Windsor Hills has other benefits, too. Its neighborhood association, Windsor Hills Neighbors, keeps a close eye on a number of projects.

A private day-care center and a preschool program are located in the public elementary school.

The neighborhood supports the Windsor Hills Neighbors Family Learning Center, where residents have access to sewing machines, typewriters and one-on-one tutorials in math and reading. And the neighborhood association runs a food distribution center out of the nearby Cahill Recreation Center.

There also is an association-sponsored monthly newsletter, as well as three to four potluck fund-raising dinners annually.

The neighborhood board of directors is a member of the Greater Walbrook Coalition. The Windsor Hills Neighbors' list of other projects it supports is long: a paper recycling center, neighborhood cleanups twice a year, City Fair quilting projects, flea markets and more.

Like the Hollanders, Colyn Harrington is a well-established resident -- she's lived here for 30 years. And though many Windsor Hills residents are getting along in years, it is still, according to Mrs. Forehand, "a neighborhood where young people do come back to live."

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