Driving down Russell Street on the way out of Baltimore, it’s hard to miss the giant orange warehouse sign: WHAT IS AND WHAT CAN BE. This is the unofficial mission statement for the non-profit Second Chance. Its official mission: Retrain, Reclaim and Renew. That is, to retrain people, many just out of prison, for full employment; to reclaim building materials and architectural salvage for use in renovation and new construction, and to renew usable materials to help eliminate waste in the environment.
Hot House: Anthem House, 900 E. Fort Avenue, Locust Point, Baltimore, 21230
New built luxury mixed-use development in Locust Point. Nine stories, 292 apartments, modern industrial styling. Studios at 540 sq. ft., one bedrooms at 702 sq. ft.+, two bedrooms at 1,080 sq. ft.+. Thirty different floor plans available, including some with additional den. All apartments have views. Live/work/play design incorporates 4,000 sq. ft. resident-only fitness center opening to outdoor pool and overlooking the harbor. Also bocce court, coffee shop, bar, retail shops, lounge, dog park, outdoor space, outdoor kitchen/grill, clubroom and conference room, parking. All apartments feature wood floors, granite counters, high ceilings, large windows with views. High grade finishes, washer/dryers throughout. Parking, $150 per month: $1,695 – $5,000
In her second week into the new school year, Sue Sadler seems upbeat and at-ease. Her official start as the new head at the Bryn Mawr School was July 1, and she’s spent the past few months settling-in at Bryn Mawr and in Baltimore. She’s eager and ready to lead.
It’s May, 1975. Gerald Ford is in the White House, John Denver’s “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” is heading to number one on the charts, and eighth ranked Washington and Lee is on its way to defeating the top-seeded Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA lacrosse tournament at Hopkins — the only time a top-seeded team has ever, in the history of lacrosse, lost in the first round.
Hot House: 10 W. Hamilton Street, Baltimore, 21201 MD
Historic Federal-era brick townhouse, circa 1818, built by Robert Carey Long, recently renovated. Three bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, with 3,810 square feet over four levels, second floor main living space. Seven fireplaces, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, pantry. Master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, separate bath, shower. Library with built-ins, family room, walled patio garden, central a/c: $589,000
401 Oliver Street, Greenmount West
1 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
Hot House: 732 S. Ann Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Federal townhouse, brick , circa 1790, original carriage house attached. 2,946 sq. ft., with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths over three stories. Historic restoration with serious attention to period detail. Wood floors and moldings throughout, wood beams and brick fireplaces. Renovated kitchen with French copper sink, marble countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerator. Third floor retains all original Federal appointments. Small, walled brick patio off the kitchen, original attic. Two-zoned heat and central air: $750,000 (+ parking*)
What: A rarity in Fells Point, a double-wide townhome that has been both luxuriously and sensitively restored. It shows like a museum. The current owner’s taste is enviable, and while no expense was spared, she opted to retain the architectural features – narrow wooden stairs, deep window sills, red Georgia pine floors — that make it recognizable as an old Baltimore City home. Enter directly into the living room (no entrance hall), which opens to the dining room, with built-in bookshelves and new Brazilian cherry floors. The kitchen is small but inviting – marble countertops, French copper sink and a little table for two by the window. Kitchen overlooks the wood-beamed family room, which used to be the carriage house and has a working fireplace (there are three more working fireplaces in the main house). There’s a half bath downstairs, too. Second floor has two good-sized bedrooms, lots of long, elegant windows, and a nice full bath. Same on the third floor, but more authentic details up here. Good storage, actually generous storage, throughout. This is everything you could want in a historic Fells Point home.
Hot House: 15 Devon Hill Road, #C7, Baltimore County, MD 21210
Two bedroom, two bath, 1,754 sq. ft. condo, circa 1983, in Devon Hill, with three exposures of light, west facing deck with views, hardwood floors, fireplace, formal dining room, den, no stairs: $425,000
What: In some circles, everyone’s looking for the same thing – a luxury downsize. And when you’re leaving a $1 million + house, $425K doesn’t seem like so much right? Especially for that hard-to-find combination of space, light, quality, safety, low-maintenance, no stairs and location, location, location. This condo fits the bill entirely. The Devon Hill condos were developed in the 1980s by Martin and Tony Azola, on the grounds of the former Windy Hill estate, once owned by the Jenkins family. It’s a quality of construction rare in the world of newly built ‘custom’ homes, and the Azolas were known for their historical sensitivity as builders. Architectural details of the older building — wood paneling, moldings, trims — are incorporated into new elements of design. What makes Devon Hill especially unique is that it is surrounded on three sides by quiet rolling hills owned by the Josephite Brothers, who keep it well maintained and peaceful. There is an entrance hall, with formal dining room on the right and kitchen on the left. Kitchen is a comfortable size and has a large and well integrated panty for storage. The whole place is generously supplied with closets and there is good storage throughout. Master bedroom and second bedroom are large and airy. Kitchen and bathrooms are updated, if not modern. A second hallway takes you through to a big living room with wood burning fireplace, lots of sun, and french doors out to a semi-circular, west facing deck. Sitting out here on a warm afternoon or evening, watching the sun set over the hills is an attractive proposition.
624 Wolfe Street, Fells Point
3 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
Restored home in Fells Point. Footsteps from everything. Charming 3br,2.5ba, mix of restored and renovated. Third story addition adds a full master suite. Kitchen has slate floor and granite counter. Rear courtyard and deck are ideal for entertaining. Currently tenant occupied. Call with prior days notice for a showing.
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