Ritz Carlton Residences, 801 Key Highway, Baltimore 21230
Brick, “modern colonial” style residence building, circa 2009, with 190 units overlooking Baltimore Harbor and marina. One bedroom, one and a half bath apartment, 1,560 square feet, with balcony, private elevator, parking, amenities: $649,000
What: This is one of the lower, if not the lowest, priced home at the Ritz Carlton Residences — located on the Baltimore Harbor, with marina on one side and the Visionary Arts Museum on the other. From this humble one bedroom apartment, which does not overlook the water, the size and prices of available homes move upward to multiple bedrooms, penthouses, and millions of dollars (average price $1.2). But for a single person or a couple, there’s more to be said for this ‘entry level’ apartment than you might think. It’s spacious, glamorous, in a magnificent location, and everything is fantastically easy. Start with free water taxis to one of 15 locations in the Inner Harbor. Consider that rooms for guests are available for just $80 per night — you’ll never even have to change the sheets. .. Imagine the giant indoor pool and spa, movie theatre, club room, billiards room, 24 hour security, valet parking. etc., and the price looks a little better. The apartment itself is actually great. The 1,560 square feet feels roomy and light, with 9’ ceilings and window views out to Federal Hill. Hardwoods, tile, German cabinetry, gourmet kitchen w/Viking appliances, office space, and private elevator that enters right into your butler’s pantry. You could do worse.
Where: Driving away from the Science Center on Key Highway, the entrance is on your left, directly across the road from the Visionary Art Museum. Visitors park and enter through the lobby, although residents park underground and take the elevator up. There’s nearby grocery shopping at Harris Teeter. Dine and drink at “one of 163 local restaurants” (sounds like a lot, but ok) in Federal Hill and Harbor East. Outside, there are award winning gardens and the brick pathway that runs seven miles around the Inner Harbor.
Who: People looking to maximize convenience, and willing to pay for it. Ballplayers, famous authors ….
Why: Level of international swank rarely seen in Baltimore.
Why Not: Telling people who ask that you still haven’t made friends with Tom Clancy.
NB: Roland, a stalwart presence at the front desk, is regarded as ” a prince among men” — consigliore, cheerleader and concierge — knowledgeable , efficient and discreet.
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