Cool Rents: 1901 South Charles Street

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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

Cross Streets: South Charles St. and East Wells St.
Neighborhood: South Baltimore, aka “SoBo”
Year Built: 2012
Price – Studios: $1,365+; One bedrooms: $1,495+; Two bedrooms: $1,940+

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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  1. Interesting take on this area. The newer construction has been attracting a little older renter though, than someone just out of college. Usually, it’s a young professional that doesn’t know if they’ll have to move for a job, or a couple that’s not ready to commit to a mortgage…or even an older couple that doesn’t want to stay in a big house, or be responsible. They want the freedom to travel & enjoy life rather than maintain a home. Also, I’ve been to several ‘gatherings’ at similar properties in D.C. I can tell you that yes, the patios are used by groups of people hanging out, or grilling. I even saw a few couples off to themselves enjoying an evening outside. A bike room is a great asset! Very few buildings in Baltimore have them. I’m going to check out the website to see more. Also, who is the builder? Management company?

    • I live in federal hill in an awesome one bedroom and looked at those apts. but honestly who could afford them. The studios range from 1405-1445. My gorgeous one bedroom one block from cross street market WITH parking is $1050. If they are curious why have their building is empty there is your answer…the young working college grads don’t live there.

    • I’ve been to this property and can vouch for the quality of the construction as well as the maintenance & concierge service. One of the benefits of living in a community like this, as opposed to just renting from a landlord is the maintenance crew, community outreach and in some cases an aspect of safety. Some people might not want to live within a few blocks of Cross Street, or some of the local bars- wanting some degree of separation from the ‘nightlife’. Each to their own. Some renters want the security of an apartment community & some like their own individual space.

  2. My roommate and I have been living at 1901 South Charles apartments since the day they let tenants move in in August 2012. The building, tenants, and its staff have gotten better and better! As you walk through the front doors, you automatically feel welcomed. The design and decor is so warm and inviting, it feels like “home”! The front office staff really take time out of their day and actually try and go to know you. It’s so nice to come home to that! As well as the cleanliness inside and outside of the building. Oh, and you have a maintenance request? In less that 24 hours your issue will be resolved and are left with a door hanger letting you know what was completed per your request. The building also allows for social opportunities, happy hours sponsored by local restaurants/pubs, yoga classes, and sometimes just little “get together’s” either in the communal room or out in the courtyard (which is gorgeous!)!

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