Hot House: 225 E. Montgomery Street, Federal Hill, Baltimore 21230

Two story town house in Federal Hill, circa 1900, newly renovated. Unusual in having front and back yards plus a separate carriage house with apartment.  Four bedrooms, three and a half baths, with rooftop views over the Baltimore harbor: $729,000

 What: Steps from Federal Hill Park, just off the busy streets of this popular neighborhood, sits this modern town house. The winding brick path behind the wrought iron fence is a nod to its history. The sleek garage (no desperate hunt for street parking here) and interiors bring it right up to 2011 — 2,080 square feet of urban oasis. The living room is long and narrow, like all Federal Hill houses, but architecturally kind of interesting. The stairs have been pushed into the back of the house to get more light and space. Supporting the stairs is a single large round column, faced in blond wood. There is also a living room fireplace with a contemporary blond wood surround. The kitchen is at the back of the house, up a short flight of stairs, and modern, with new appliances. View of the private stone patio in back, and the carriage house beyond.  Second-floor master bedroom suite is large and cleanly designed, with good built-in storage. Master bath has unusual salt and pepper tiling, big glass shower and separate whirlpool tub. Two additional bedrooms, both have built in storage. The fourth bedroom is above the carriage house, a posh guest set-up with a full bath. Roof deck on the house has great views of Federal Hill and the harbor. Hardwood floors, throughout, central a/c basement wine cellar.      

 Where: E. Montgomery Street is the first street up Federal hill, behind and parallel to Key Highway. 225 is between Battery Avenue and William Street. Across Federal Hill Park is the Visionary Arts Museum. Nearby are the Cross Street Market, Regis (the legendary Federal Hill hangout) and bars, coffee shops, shopping. All this, and free public transit. The area is well served by the free Charm City Circulator bus.

 Why: The urban vibe.  Historical and hip. Busy streets, lively shops, the butcher at Cross Street Market. There is a strong neighborhood feeling here, with lots of people who have been here for years, plus new families and singles – the glorious rainbow, etc. And …the house is shelter mag ready, you won’t need to do a thing.   

Would Suit:  Someone looking for the Brooklyn in Baltimore. For you guys, it’s either here or Canton.

 NB: Architects might wish previous owners had spent a few more thousand to have the decks done in metal, not wood.  There’s not much school choice around here, but  Federal Hill Elementary gets increasingly good reviews.