When John Murphy and Jennine Auerbach started house-hunting six years ago, they began their search for a Victorian-styled home in Roland Park, then settled on a townhouse in Butchers Hill.
"We could get more bang for our buck here," said Murphy, sitting in the office of their 2 1/2 -story home on Chester Street. The house, with its Chinese prints and antique furnishings, will be one of a dozen in the neighborhood open to the public at the Butchers Hill House Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12.
It was a previous neighborhood house tour that drew the couple to the tight-knit community, just west of Patterson Park. They heard about it from a Realtor and decided to check it out. "It really opened our eyes to the potential of these homes. The things people had done with their places were just amazing," Murphy said. "I guess you could say we fell in love with the area instantly."
The house they bought six months later, with hardwood floors and high ceilings, is fairly representative of the East Baltimore neighborhood. A wide range of house styles, "from a contemporary with a pink neon flamingo to one that still has its original gaslights," is represented on the tour, said Susan Noonan, chairwoman of the event.
Tickets for the 1997 Butchers Hill House Tour are $6 per person advance; call 410-522-6773 or visit the Fells Point offices of Long & Foster or O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.
On the day of the tour, tickets are $8 per person and may be bought at the White House in Patterson Park, at Lombard Street and Patterson Park Avenue.
Pub Date: 10/05/97