Perhaps you’ve heard? Renting is the new buying. Welcome to Cool Rents where we walk you through standout rentals in the Baltimore real estate market. – The Eds.
Name: 1901 South Charles
The story: All the design elements at “1901 South Charles” will make you feel like you’re living the “contemporary urban living” dream. Enter the lobby and be greeted by chocolate and orange geometrics and a showroom’s worth of mod light fixtures. Step inside the actual apartments, and you’ll find wood floors, nine foot ceilings and inventive floor plans. (Who doesn’t love a loft?) Sleek style abounds: Cool gray granite countertops juxtaposed with dark wood cabinetry give the kitchen a custom look. A small area next to the bedroom leaves space for a built-in desk and a place for the computer. Marble sinks in the bathrooms, washer and dryer, walk-in closets — it all says, “I’m movin’ on up.” This type of living is all about calling the maintenance man and concentrating on better things, like the West Elm catalog.
The building is far enough south of Federal Hill to not be Federal Hill, and that could be a good thing or a bad thing. Are you the type who needs to be in the action or are you content to live in the adjacent peacefulness, with a parking spot and easy access if the mood strikes? Part of the make or break appeal of the place is its proximity to major highways, as well as public transportation. It’s an easy commute to D.C., without the expense of living there.
The entire area to the south and east of the building is due to be redeveloped. A bar in the old Pabst Blue Ribbon building, catty-corner from the building, is in the works, and so are stores, restaurants and even a Harrah’s (aka Baltimore Horseshoe) casino.
And that brings us to the “lifestyle perks” at 1901. The overall vibe is “Friends 2012″ — the place seems designed for resident mingling. The club room, with pub tables, a flat screen TV and a complete full-scale high-end kitchen, is the perfect place for you and your neighbors to live out all your singles sitcom dreams. The enormous courtyard, filled with the kind of lounge furniture you might find at a hotspot in Miami, begs for a pool. (Will you really sit in the courtyard without one?)
A big, bright, attractive gym, an easily accessible bike room and, the holy grail of city living, “plenty of parking” put conveniences at your feet to make being a grown-up a lot less of a drag.
If you’re looking for a new place in a great neighborhood, check out 1901. They have some great events coming up that will give you opportunity to mingle with the residents and tour the bldg.
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