HOT HOUSE: 717 President Street, #504 Baltimore, 21202

Two bedroom, two and a half bath, luxury condominium in Spinnaker Bay at Harbor East, 2,258 square feet, with south and east water views, granite countertops, hardwood floors, shared boat slip, and two parking spots: Recently reduced to $898,000

What:  Spinnaker Bay is a cornerstone building (circa 2005) in the wildly popular urban center at Harbor East. There are some more and less expensive condos than this one — both in the Spinnaker and in other nearby residential towers — but you could do a lot worse than this sunny two bedroom-plus-den, with views directly onto the marina. Clean, modern and full of light, the open plan gives a feeling of wide-open space, as do floor-to-ceiling windows. Balcony off the bedroom with polished steel railings. Hardwood floors and nine-foot ceilings throughout. The owner has upgraded with bamboo floors in the living area, and custom cabinetry in the kitchen.  Master bedroom is large, with walk-in closet, and more views.  Great master bath with large glass shower and double glass sinks. Building amenities include very nice common areas, 24-hour security desk and cameras, a heated rooftop pool and exercise room. Condo fee includes parking.

Why: You’re an urban animal, and you can’t be driving around looking for fun after a long day.  Here, you’re just steps from work, and from the best Baltimore has to offer in terms of retail and restaurants. There’s Charleston, Cinghiale and the James Joyce Tavern. There’s Sassanova, Urban Chic, South Moon Under and more on the way. The Landmark Theatre and the seven-mile waterfront promenade, are literally at your doorstep.

Why Not: Taxes are high, at $23K. Building is architecturally nothing special.

Where:  717 S. President Street (Spinnaker Bay) is the building across Aliceanna Street from the Landmark Theatre. It is the building that houses Oceanaire, Lebanese Taverna and Cinghiale. Take 83-S to President Street, halfway around the circle, and you’re there. Great access to points north and south.

Would Suit:  Successful singles (or doubles) building an impressive resume at Legg, Brown, Exelon or other. Divorcees – preferring the relative anonymity of city life while looking for new (and improved) partner.

NB.  Across the street is the Vue, a larger condo tower (housing the Landmark and the MAC gym).  It has fewer amenities, but it’s a little newer, and utilities are included. You may want to compare the two before deciding.

Contact: Cynthia Conklin at Yerman, Witman, Gaines & Conklin. See listing in Baltimore Fishbowl Real Estate

One reply on “Harbor East: The Call of the Condo”

  1. Are you smoking crack? This place isn’t even worth $500,000. Good luck finding a sucker to buy this place at that price.

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