Hot House: 907 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202
Brick townhouse, circa 1866 with recent renovation. Four bedrooms, 4.5 baths, over 3,969 sq. ft. Entrance hall, 11 ft. ceilings, two stairways, large lower level family room with full bath and wet bar. Gourmet kitchen leads to deck and private courtyard garden. Walk to MARC and best of trendy Mt. Vernon. Central A/C, security system, landscaped fenced garden with pond. Hardwood floors, fireplace in living room and period details throughout: $579,000
What: For the committed city dweller who wants the stamp of history, this well laid-out, high-ceilinged townhouse has elegance and charm, with the added bonus of no work to be done. It’s been well-maintained and recently given a modern upgrade. Wide plantation shutters are a grace note to the morning sun that floods the back of the house. Combined with the high ceilings, there is an airy loft feeling to this place that’s unexpected in a historic home. The sunny deck off the kitchen overlooks the courtyard garden, as does a bay window big enough for a table. Bathrooms are new or updated. The 500 sq. ft. finished basement has both natural light and a full bath. It could easily be a nice, income-producing rental unit.
Where: A nice block of N. Calvert Street, just north of E. Read, near all Mt. Vernon attractions such as the Peabody, the Walters, Center Stage, (which will be returning soon, newly rehabbed) and the Charles Theatre. The Merritt Athletic Club is a few blocks away, or you can get your exercise climbing the 227 steps to the top of the Washington Monument. Then, enjoy tons of fun places to eat and drink like Iggie’s (artisanal pizza), Stang of Siam and Brew House No. 16, which are all just steps from your front door. Over on Charles Street are Pen & Quill, Tapas Teatro and the Brewer’s Art. For late night, there are old standards like Grand Central and the Red Maple, plus a roster of new places emerging every few months. It’s a 10-15 minute walk to the MARC train from here. For car trips, a block south of the house is the access ramp to 83S at Guilford Avenue. It’s convenient, but you will hear the highway from the back deck.
Why: Charming and diverse community, perennially popular, complete with college students and artists and a real nightlife.
Why Not: There’s no large green space in the area, and it’s not especially child-friendly — although there is a nice little playground a block down Calvert and a new dog park on Howard Street.
Would Suit: DC commuters, single professionals, empty nesters with cultural interests.
NB: Comes with one year of pre-paid parking in the lot behind the house.