Federal style row house in painted brick, circa 1900, attached, end-of-group,with rear porch and multiple balconies. Completely renovated, with recent replacement roof. Four bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1,600 sq. ft. over three stories. New kitchen with granite counters, Jenn Air and GE appliances, extensive storage. Large bedrooms and closets, many original architectural features. Unfinished basement. Rear parking pad, zoned heat and central air: $343,000 (ask about CHAP tax credit)
What: There’s a reason that this century-old townhouse feels virtually new. It belonged for decades to the Salvation Army, which used it as a storage facility. When the current owner, who lives next door, bought it in 2000, it was just a shell, “a real eyesore,” she says. And while she didn’t pay much for it, she put a lot into it, learning as she went. “I made a lot of mistakes — a lot of things had to be redone.” But eventually, she got it right, and for a buyer looking for an attractive, low- maintenance city house with proximity to Johns Hopkins University, it’s an interesting property. Hopkins has big plans for this neighborhood, and the Zillow estimate for this house is over the asking price, which doesn’t happen too often. There’s lots of light shining in from the west facing windows, and because the windows are narrow, there’s also lots of wall space for hanging large paintings. The living room’s at the front, kitchen’s at the back, with an arched door and nice sight lines leading down the hall between them. There’s a sitting-porch off the kitchen, with a tiny garden and a parking pad, and from the back the house has a New Orleans vibe. Four roomy bedrooms upstairs, all with large closets, some with porches. New full baths on the second and third floors. The unfinished basement has a recent French drain, and it’s warm and dry down there. Shades and blinds are included, and all the bedrooms have fresh carpet. It would be a good set-up for roommates or a family.
Where: W. 27th Street, between St. Paul and Charles, an easy walk to JHU, and a block from the JHU shuttle. Wyman Park is about a 15-minute walk north. Penn Station is a 15-minute walk in the opposite direction. Sinkholes aside, this is a safe part of Charles Village. A diverse group of residents, with a tight and active community association, keep a close eye on things. There’s not a lot of fine dining around here, but tons of fun, casual places — Chipotle for one, and Tamber’s Indian diner, the organic Carma’s Cafe and the Charles Village Pub. Eddie’s Market of Charles Village is beloved, if a little pricey, and at least for now, the only grocery store in the ‘hood.
Why: Beautifully painted front door makes the house charming and distinctive. Opening it feels like an adventure is about to begin.
Why Not: Lots of windows, but no great views.
Would Suit: Johns Hopkins faculty or generous parent, looking for a safe, convenient place for junior to live with a roommate or two – or five.
NB: Living next door to the builder/seller could mean free advice on maintenance issues.