Hot House: 732 S. Ann Street, Baltimore, MD 21231
Federal townhouse, brick , circa 1790, original carriage house attached. 2,946 sq. ft., with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths over three stories. Historic restoration with serious attention to period detail. Wood floors and moldings throughout, wood beams and brick fireplaces. Renovated kitchen with French copper sink, marble countertops, Sub-Zero refrigerator. Third floor retains all original Federal appointments. Small, walled brick patio off the kitchen, original attic. Two-zoned heat and central air: $750,000 (+ parking*)
What: A rarity in Fells Point, a double-wide townhome that has been both luxuriously and sensitively restored. It shows like a museum. The current owner’s taste is enviable, and while no expense was spared, she opted to retain the architectural features – narrow wooden stairs, deep window sills, red Georgia pine floors — that make it recognizable as an old Baltimore City home. Enter directly into the living room (no entrance hall), which opens to the dining room, with built-in bookshelves and new Brazilian cherry floors. The kitchen is small but inviting – marble countertops, French copper sink and a little table for two by the window. Kitchen overlooks the wood-beamed family room, which used to be the carriage house and has a working fireplace (there are three more working fireplaces in the main house). There’s a half bath downstairs, too. Second floor has two good-sized bedrooms, lots of long, elegant windows, and a nice full bath. Same on the third floor, but more authentic details up here. Good storage, actually generous storage, throughout. This is everything you could want in a historic Fells Point home.
Where: A real presence on the corner of S. Ann Street and Lancaster Street, a block from the water in Fells Point. Other than The Wharf Rat bar down the street, it’s a surprisingly quiet and residential corner of Fells Point. For people with children, the PK-5, Montessori based, New Century School is nearby, and the PK-8 Hampstead Hill Academy public charter school is over on Eastern Avenue. All around is the lively Fells Point scene of coffee shops and bars, shopping and food, tourists and locals, serviced by Circulator Bus and Baltimore water taxi. A great part of the city.
Would Suit: Trophy hunter.
Why: Impressive houses in Fells Point are hard to come by. This is one.
Why Not: Rooms are plenty big, but not designed for massive furniture. (Think twice about that oversize leather sectional sofa.)
NB: A trip up the narrow attic stairs is like a trip 200 years back in time. Charred beams from a centuries-old fire. Wavy old glass. Extremely evocative, but tight and dry – great storage.
* Parking is tight in Fells Point, but owner has “an arrangement” which she is willing to share (not here).