828 Bond Street, Fells Point, Baltimore.

Historic row house in Fells Point with all the amenities. A quiet retreat within a bustling neighborhood. Five bedrooms and five baths, one partial bath, 4,311 square feet. Asking price: $1,350,000.

Hot House: You will never find another house like this one. It’s right in the midst of the fun and entertainment that Fells Point is famous for, but it’s a cool retreat with lots of space and amenities usually found in the suburbs, including a pool, beautiful trees, and on-site parking. Add to that five bedrooms, an updated kitchen and bathrooms, entertaining space, and a long history in Baltimore, and you have this one-of-a-kind Bond Street dwelling. 

What: What happens when you’re a city person, but you also want a pool, lots of space and plenty of parking (four spaces), all without the hassle of a big lawn and chores? Simple, you buy this house. It’s close to all of the restaurants and shops in Fells Point, a short walk to the waterfront, with ample space to entertain friends and family.

The house, which looks so unassuming from the charming cobblestone street, gives away its secrets when you open the front door. A beautiful, light-filled living room, a nearly ballroom-sized dining room and entertaining area, a large modern kitchen with masses of storage and stainless steel appliances, marble bathrooms, and sunlit porches on several levels are all indicative of how a good architect can transform a historic house into a thoughtful, modern family home.

With four levels, the house allows for a huge master bedroom with its own full-size living room, both with working fireplaces, and a spectacular double-height, marble-clad bathroom with a soaking tub, double vanities, and an open shower. Additional bedrooms, some with en-suite bathrooms, fill the other floors as well as a den with a wet bar and French doors that open to decks overlooking the backyard.

Speaking of which, the back of the house includes a heated pool, two pergola-covered seating areas, as well as a gazebo, all designed with entertaining in mind. The enclosed space is anchored by large trees that provide just the right amount of shade to keep cool during a sweltering Baltimore summer. There is more than enough room for the grill setup of your dreams.

Where: Bond Street runs north/south between Harbor East and Fells Point, and this house is just a half a block from the water and the Bond Street Park. The area is a collection of businesses, restaurants, bars, shops, and residences. Although parking in Fells Point is often tricky, the house has four private parking spaces, so finding a spot won’t be a problem. Fells Point is one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Baltimore, and it’s right in the middle of it all, but this house is a quiet oasis. The new Whole Foods is a few blocks away, and the Target is a five-minute drive down Aliceanna to Boston Street. 

Final Appraisal: If you like the excitement and bustle of the city, with perks usually found in the county, this could be the house for you. Its four levels will ensure that you get your steps in, as will the Waterfront Promenade. You will have front seats for the arrival of the tall ships and the frequent fireworks, but you will never have to worry about parking.

The listing is here.

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.

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