Set Design There’s nothing more festive than decking our homes this time of year. And these holiday-friendly houses are just made for lighting up.


living-roomDeck the Halls
Bedroom: 3, Bath: 3, Square feet: 2,100

This Federal Hill rowhouse may look fairly standard from the front, but a fully landscaped backyard and patio give ample space for all sorts of holiday shenanigans—decorating and otherwise. The beautiful wood stair rail would definitely benefit from a garland or Christmas lights (or both!) and the magnificent marble fireplace is just waiting for your Yule log. —Jeff Washo, The Jeff Washo Team of Berkshire Hathaway, 410-262-6256

exterior-front-elevation-_dsc7577But Wait, There’s Myrrh
Bedroom: 4, Bath: 3, Square feet: 4,378

Set up a Macy’s-worthy window display in this Annapolis brick beauty. With nearly a dozen airy windows on the façade alone, there’s plenty of space for festive wreaths, Christmas candles or that heirloom menorah. Indulge your puckish side by hanging some mistletoe from the entry porch. (How strictly you enforce the customary kiss is entirely up to you!) —Allan Poffel, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. 410-757-2100

1642washington1Pillar of the Community
Bedroom: 5, Bath: 4, Square feet: 3,772

The first thing you’ll notice about this tranquil county home is the pillared front porch—just waiting to be wrapped in festive ribbons. Well-groomed bushes are begging for a few strings holiday lights. Inside, massive windows provide natural light … and the perfect spot for tots to keep an eye out for Santa. The second-floor loft overlooks the living room, providing a view of your brilliant décor. —Whit Harvey, III, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, 410-235-4100

empress3See the Light
Bedroom: 4, Bath: 3, Square feet: 2,906

Of the heavenly host of new homes in Laurel, none is more regal than the Empress model. The home features stunning bay windows and cozy window seats, perfect for watching the snow fall while keeping warm. An elegant kitchen and finished basement (with bar) make it the ideal space for entertaining, too. And it has that delicious brand-new smell—better than Christmas cookies. —NV Homes, 240-456-0620


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