Hot House: 17 W. Chase Street, Baltimore, 21201
Free-standing Victorian townhouse, circa 1900, with storefront. Brick construction, with slate mansard roof. Four bedrooms, three full baths over four stories and 2,685 sq. ft., with back deck and side patio. Unfinished basement. Large, high-ceiling rooms, original architectural features. Gourmet designer kitchen with cherry cabinets, top grade stainless appliances, granite counters. Living room, dining room, two carved marble fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout. Three upstairs bedrooms. Master bath has separate whirlpool tub and sauna. Forced air heat and central a/c. Parking for two cars: $589,000 (recently reduced)
What: With its black-painted trim and proud, stand-alone air, this townhouse feels like an heiress who was feeling the pinch and stooped to open an “Accessories Shop,” as the elegant storefront says. Now, she’s been restored to her former glory in a nice renovation, and the former shop area is just a sentimental reminder. It would make a great home business, office or separate apartment while everything else goes on upstairs. Three floors of big, high-ceilinged rooms offer large windows and nice original woodwork along with more modern finishes. The kitchen has lots of storage in custom cherry cabinets, plus a walk-out deck. The master bath has a sauna and whirlpool tub. There is a dressing room and separate laundry room. The intensely blue living room paint job is a small quibble in an otherwise near-perfect city house.
Where: 17 W. Chase Street is between Biddle Street and Eager Street, two blocks west of Charles. It’s a short walk to the cultural attractions of Mt. Vernon — the symphony, the Walters, the Peabody, the Charles Theatre — and around the corner from the Brewer’s Art, City Cafe, Prime Rib and Aloha Sushi, which does a nice bento box. This is a social part of town with lots of fun neighbors, and your street corner patio will be an invitation to stop by for a drink. In the summer, there are free concerts in Mt. Vernon Place, block parties, neighborhood pub crawls — generally, just a lot going on. Between that and the beauty of its historic buildings, Mt. Vernon is many people’s favorite Baltimore neighborhood.
Why: Parking for two cars — a luxury in Mt. Vernon.
Why Not: Electric blue color scheme in living room feels radioactive.
NB: No real green space around here.