Hot House: 515 S. Chapel Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Federal style brick townhouse, circa 1920. 2 beds, 1.5 baths over 520 square feet, fenced back patio, no basement. Living room, kitchen with granite counters, glass tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, breakfast area. Hardwood floors throughout, built-in speakers, double-pane casement windows. Upstairs two bedrooms, washer/dryer, private deck off master. Central AC: $184,900
What: This house is surely among the tiniest townhouses in America, a roomy second only to the Hollensbury-Spite house in Old Town Alexandria (which has its own interesting story). 515 S. Chapel Street packs a lot into its 520 square feet. Considering its prime location in Fells Point, the fact that it’s been completely rehabbed and that they managed to pack in an extra half-bath, plus a sunny little deck, unless there is something seriously wrong, the price is very right. On the market for less than a week, there has been a lot of interest and it will move quickly. If it appeals, go have a look sooner rather than later.
Where: S. Chapel Street sits between Eastern Avenue and Fleet Street in Fells Point, a few blocks west of Patterson Park, and around the corner from where Boston Street heads south into Canton. You can walk or ride a bike to anywhere downtown from here, and there’s good access to I-83, I-95 and I-895 by car. (Note: This house has street parking only.) Whole Foods is a few blocks away on Fleet Street, and at Canton Crossing, about a mile and a half south, there’s a big Harris Teeter. Nearby are Peter’s Inn, The Thames Street Oyster House, Ale Mary’s–too many fun places to count. Nearby on Eastern Avenue is the Patterson Bowling Center, which has offered duckpin bowling since 1927.
Why: Chance to appear in Christmas House tours, plus endless Tiny House blogs and shelter magazine articles. Some marketing savvy might get you an HGTV reality show.
Why Not: Storage.
Would Suit: Small space advocate.
NB: 524 S. Washington Avenue, located on the street behind this house, was the longtime home of the Ostrowski’s Polish Sausage Factory.