Hot House: 1352 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230
Contemporary house, circa 2009, in glass, stucco, metal and brick with panoramic harbor views. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3,475sq. ft. over four levels, with full floor master suite, 3 floor waterfall, roof top deck, tandem garage for two cars, electric blinds throughout: $885,000
What: Quick, how many luxury townhouses (not condos) fronting the Inner Harbor are currently for sale? Two. Which makes this one — with its one of a kind views, and contemporary architecture — as rare as…okay, steak tartare. Spotted on Curbed DC, this unique Inner Harbor townhouse, or rather half of one, was built in and designed by Baltimore architect Peter Fillat as a two family unit, although visually, it reads as single house. The left half is for sale.
Sited just steps from Key Highway, and yet, inside, all is quiet — the triple paned windows doing their job. A waterfall trickles gently down the wall from its source three stories, up. The Thermador hums. Light shines on the Bellini cabinets and granite countertops. Design is open plan, with living, dining and kitchen on lower levels, bedroom and workspace above. The master suite has an entire floor. Glassed in rooftop deck has 360 degree views. At every level, there are floor-to-ceiling windows.
Hardwood floors, full home a/v wiring with intercom system, zoned forced air heat, central a/c.
Where: A unique setting. The glass front faces the harbor, just across Key Highway, and from here the vibe is edgy and industrial. But the back and side of the house on face straight into Federal Hill — out the back door onto Clement and you’re walking on cobblestone streets, past historic homes, over to the Cross Street Market.
If you’re driving, follow Light Street past the harbor and around to the left as it becomes Key Highway. Continue south about a half mile — past the Visionary Arts Museum and Digital Harbor High School. Number 1352 is on right, across the highway from Harbor View. There’s no shortage of retail life down here. Little Havana is across the street, and Tabrizi’s too, in Harbor Point. Grocery shop at Harris Teeter in McHenry Row or, even closer, Southside Marketplace with Starbucks, Chipotle, and more.
Why: Um… views? Also, no condo fees.
Why Not: The “tandem garage for two” is not big. That said, street parking right next to the house is easy.
Would Suit: Under Armour, Exelon marketing exec with good body image.
NB: Don’t forget to close the blinds.
Hot House is sponsored by Towson-based American Land Title Corporation, commercial and residential settlement agents.