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Second Chance Founder’s Repurposed, Reclaimed House

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Mark Foster, founder of the architectural salvage non-profit, Second Chance, at the Baltimore County home he is building with refurbished materials. Photo by Anne Gummerson.

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: Harbor Views, Dog Park, Pool and More, Make Locust Point’s Anthem House A Good Gig

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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 

Big Fish: Sue Sadler, the New Head of the Bryn Mawr School, Is All About The Girls

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Bryn Mawr’s new head of school, Sue Sadler, with students at the start of the school year.

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.

A Lacrosse Stick Takes The Long Way Home: A Baltimore Lax Story

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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.

Mt. Vernon Landmark: Robert Long-Designed House On Hamilton Street, Baltimore’s ‘Writers Row’

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Hot House: 10 W. Hamilton Street, Baltimore, 21201 MD

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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

House of the Day: Historic Warehouse, 13,000 Sq. Ft. In Station North

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$750,000
401 Oliver Street, Greenmount West
1 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
401 Oliver Street
401 Oliver Street
401 Oliver Street
401 Oliver Street

Fells Point Trophy House: A Prominent 1790 Federal Townhouse On South Ann Street

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Hot House: 732 S. Ann Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

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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*)

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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.

The Luxury Downsize: Posh Devon Hill Condo, No Stairs, Just Sunsets

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Hot House: 15 Devon Hill Road, #C7, Baltimore County, MD 21210

 

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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

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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. 

House Of The Day: Pretty Fells Point Townhouse: Renovated, Restored, With Master Suite

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$340,000
624 Wolfe Street, Fells Point
3 bedroom(s), 4 bathroom(s)
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
624 Wolfe Street
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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On The Market: Tyrconnell, Iconic Baltimore Estate With Magnificent Vistas and Formal Gardens

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Hot House: 120 Woodbrook Lane, Baltimore County, MD 21212

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Grand English-style Georgian country house, in stone with slate roof and copper trim. Original structure, 1826, rebuilt in 1924. Ten bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, with extraordinary millwork, 13’ ceilings, Lake Roland views, wine cellar, state-of-the art systems. Architect-designed formal gardens, manicured lawns, plantings, tenant house, barn, extensive bluestone hardscaping, emergency whole-house generator, sophisticated security systems, elevator, central air. 22.5 acre property, with private frontage on Lake Roland, stream, pond: $4,950,000

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What: Tyrconnell means Land of Connal, the last kingdom of Ireland, ruled for over a thousand years by the O’Donnell family, and now referred to as County Donegal. (Tyrconnell was also an Irish horse that won a famous race at 100-1 odds.) It is a once-in-a-lifetime house, an iconic East Coast estate property that ranks with great American houses from Newport to Palm Beach. Owned and loved by generations of Baltimore’s most prominent and civic minded families, the original Georgian stone house was built in 1826 by John O’Donnell, captain in the East India Company and Baltimore merchant, whose statue stands in Canton. That house was incorporated into the new house that Baltimore businessman John Sears Gibbs (Gibbs Canning Company) built in 1924 with Baltimore architect Walter White. The magnificent gardens, designed by noted landscape architect Arthur Folson Paul, were installed in the late 1920’s, inspired by the gardens at Villa d’Este on Lake Como. They have been beautifully maintained, and virtually every window in the house overlooks tall specimen trees, wide lawns,  stone walls and terraces with mature plantings. Ground floor rooms are largely designed for entertaining,  richly appointed with 13’ ceilings, moldings, carvings, parquet floors and crystal chandeliers. The kitchen has Sub-Zero fridge and Thermador ovens. A library and sitting room offer smaller, more intimate spaces on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master suite is as luxurious as expected – walk in closets, fireplace, dressing rooms, large bathrooms with separate shower and tub. There are several big sunny bedrooms on the second floor, all with views, and a laundry room with  fireplace.(!) A cozy sitting room offers a place to go and pat yourself on the back in private…

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