Home Starts Here: Live Fireside

When the temperatures drop and the first flurries of snow start falling, there’s nothing like gathering around a warm crackling fire with loved ones.

Sixty percent of new homes have at least one fireplace, compared with 36 percent of homes built in the early 1970s, the National Association of Home Builders reports. The same group surveyed homebuyers and found that they ranked fireplaces among the top three amenities (behind outdoor porches and upgraded kitchens). In addition to adding comfort, The National Association of Realtors reported that a fireplace increases the value of a home by nearly $12,000.

We compiled some of our favorite fireplaces on the market right now, along with some authors who agree that their favorite winter spot is around the fire.

13 East Hamburg Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230

“A house with no fireplace is a house without a heart.” — Gladys Taber

101 Round Bay Road Severna Park, Maryland 21146

“We no longer build fireplaces for physical warmth. We build them for the warmth of the soul; we build them to dream by, to hope by, to home by.” — Edna Ferber

312 Rugby Cove Road Arnold, Maryland 21012

“There is no peace more delightful than one’s own fireplace.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

226 Wardour Drive Annapolis, Maryland 21401

“I lingered most about the fireplace, as the most vital part of the house.” — Henry David Thoreau

5117 North Franklintown Road Baltimore, Maryland 21207

“I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.” — Alice Waters

303 Tuscany Road Baltimore, Maryland 21210

I feel I want to be wise with white hair in a tall library in a deep chair by a fireplace.”  Gregory Corso

3718 Ashley Way Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

“Oh winter, king of fire side enjoyments, home born happiness.” — William Cowper

2643 McComas Avenue Kensington, Maryland 20895

“And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be – and whenever I look up, there will be you.” — Thomas Hardy

100 Woodbrook Lane Baltimore, Maryland 21212

“Winter is the time for comfort, for food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for a home.” – Edith Sitwell

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Sources: Washington Times, Angies List

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