Diverse Housing, Sans A Lake

Hidden Gems

December 06, 2009|By Jamie Smith Hopkins | Jamie Smith Hopkins , jamie.smith.hopkins@baltsun.com

Neighborhood:: Lake Walker

Location:: Northern Baltimore

Average sales price: : $235,000 (January through June)

Notable features: : This neighborhood hard against the city-county line is, architecturally speaking, the opposite of the suburban cul-de-sac where every house looks exactly the same. Here you'll find 19th-century farmhouses, modest Depression-era homes, bungalows, brick townhouses, stylish Tudor townhouses and even some homes that could participate in a suburban cul-de-sac exchange program without anyone being the wiser.

There's no lake - the neighborhood is named after two streets. But the tree-lined Lake Avenue is an attractive sight even without water.

Lake Walker, bounded on the west by York Road, is within walking distance of a Giant grocery store. Because it's just south of Towson, it's not far from malls, colleges and Interstate 695.

Janet Abramovitz, president of the Lake Walker Community Association, said the variety of styles among the 770 homes allows for upsizing or downsizing without moving out.

"In fact, we're now on our second house in the neighborhood," said Abramovitz, who moved to Lake Walker in 1996 when she got married. Their first place was a small house with a small yard, circa 1930. Now she and her husband live in a Gothic-style farmhouse built around 1860 with a "very large yard" that appeals to the gardening couple.

The property isn't all she likes about the area. "It's a kid-friendly, dog-friendly, people-friendly neighborhood," she said. "We have an annual block party, which is just for the neighborhood, which is tons of fun and several hundred people come to that."

Abramovitz added: "It's such a nice neighborhood in every sense of the word neighborhood."

About this series

With help from readers, The Baltimore Sun's Real Estate Wonk blog selected 10 nice, affordable and off-the-radar places as "hidden-gem neighborhoods." This is one of the 10.

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