Hot House: 535 S. Curley Street, Canton, Baltimore MD 21224
Federal style brick townhouse, circa 1910, two stories, end of row. Painted wood cornice and entrance, two-level roof deck with hot tub. Two bedrooms and 3 baths over 1540 sq. ft. Recent renovation includes exposed brick, original tin ceiling, new hardwood floors, granite counters. Good storage. Finished basement w/8’ceilings, central A/C: $365,000
What: A former corner store whose entrance has had a beautiful paint job, turning it into the most distinctive house on the street. Corner stores were once fixtures in blue collar urban neighborhoods, and this is a typical house-over-shop commercial structure. In the past, it could have been a butcher, a bakery, a grocery, a barbershop or a bar. The house is a little bigger than its immediate neighbors, taking up the entire lot and using the small back garden that comes standard with a Canton townhouse to create a nice-sized family room, powder room and storage area. It’s a good use of space. Upstairs, there is a two-level roof deck upstairs — with hot tub — to get your vitamin D requirement. A nice way to spend a chilly spring evening.
Where: 535 S. Curley St. is at the corner of Fleet Street, just a couple blocks south of Patterson Park. It’s a great place to hang, except on the coldest winter days. But even then, there’s an ice rink. Canton is one of great waterfront neighborhoods in Baltimore, competing with Federal Hill and Fells Point for the young professional residents that keep them growing ever more popular. Canton does not have the easy access to Rt. 95 that Federal Hill does. On the other hand, it’s easier to get to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bayview and points east, as well as to Fells Point and Harbor East. There’s lots of fun to be had here, with lots of good bars around O’Donnell Square, and a few good restaurants — Of Love & Regret, Fork & Wrench, Jack’s Bistro and Hudson Street Stackhouse. Did I miss any? Hampstead Hill Academy and Patterson Park Public Charter Schools are the best public elementary schools around, for when you’re ready, years from now.
Why: Curb appeal. Colorful paint job stands out in a street of plain brick houses.
Why Not: Longish walk to the water, for a waterfront neighborhood.
Would Suit: Web designers, branding agency execs.
NB: House still has its original white marble steps, a signature Baltimore row house feature, quarried a few miles north in Hunt Valley. Hontown — formerly Hometown Girl in Hampden once sold — and may still, a marble stoop cleaning kit, containing Bon Ami, a pumice stone, and instructions. Right now, the steps to 535 are still gleaming.