Above The Shop: Thames Street Townhouse

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Hot House: 1641 Thames Street, Baltimore, 21231

Prominent and historic Fells Point brick townhouse,  Federal style, with retail space on the ground floor.  Two bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths, and unfinished basement. 4,400 sq ft. over three stories. 1,600 sq. ft. living space. Completely renovated, architect designed, in excellent condition: $1,195,000

 What: The urban buzz and water views of a sleek condo, with the charm and scale of a traditional home. The foundation dates from 1780. The building was remodeled in the 1800’s. And in 2002, owner Cray Merrill, who also owns Brassworks, hired Baltimore architect David Gleason to completely redesign the space, adding a cantilevered deck off the living room — with floor to ceiling windows, French doors, and customized transoms to maximize the view. Gleason defined the space with an interior second floor atrium, which fills the entire house with light. Living space is mostly on the third floor, which is open-plan, with high ceilings, original beams, a gourmet kitchen and gas fireplaces. Den, library, storage and laundry areas are placed streetside, and according to the owner, there is virtually no street noise, thanks to this strategic positioning of these non-living rooms.  Zoned heat, central air, wood floors throughout.

Where: Thames Street is one of the oldest streets in Baltimore, still cobblestoned, running along the waterfront in Fells Point near the intersection of Broadway and Thames. Fells Point is on the U.S. Register of Historic Places, a unique and beautiful spot. You are steps from Salt Tavern, Waterfront Kitchen, Bertha’s Mussels, Bonaparte Bread and Ostrowski’s Famous Polish Sausage ….  with the boats and action of the waterfront just outside the windows.

Why: Great street life, human scale, barely need a car. Like living in Greenwich Village. Rental income from ground floor shop.

Why Not: Saturday night bar scene is noisy — it’s a tourist destination, no getting around it.

Would Suit: Water-loving shopkeeper.

 NB: A year of paid parking is included in the price, but after that you’re on your own.

Contact: Long & Foster Real Estate




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