Historic Otterbein rowhouse offers stylish, convenient city living

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Hot House: 142 W. York Street, Otterbein. 1820’s house with architect-designed renovations, respecting the original space. Two bedrooms, two baths, 2448 square feet. Asking price: $614,000

Hot House: This end-of-group home combines the best of a contemporary lifestyle with the traditions of a historic house. If you love city living and being part of a warm and active neighborhood, this is the perfect house. It features both indoor and outdoor living spaces, with an enclosed patio leading to a pocket park, just blocks from the two stadiums. The house has every update you can think of, from zoned air conditioning, a double-height window wall to custom cabinetry, and much more.

What: This house sits right in the middle of old Otterbein, an enclave of old and new dwellings equidistant from the Inner Harbor and the Orioles and Ravens stadiums. Otterbein was the original “dollar house” neighborhood, which was established by the city after it was left with unhabitable houses scheduled for demolition to make way for a highway that was never built. The houses were offered for one dollar, provided that the new owners put both financial and sweat equity into the homes, and then live there for five years.

It’s not unusual to see neighbors sitting on stoops, or gathering in the park, having cocktails and chatting. This house backs up on one of the pocket parks in the neighborhood, but if you don’t feel up to socializing, there is also an enclosed private terrace, just off the contemporary kitchen with Subzero and Viking appliances. For those days when you don’t want to be hanging out on the terrace, you can curl up in front of one of the four fireplaces in the house. While most of the house has contemporary features including an open staircase, cantilevered sofa and floating bath, the formal living room features a carved wood fireplace and double doors from the 1820s.

A bright, cozy den with a fireplace is a feature of the second floor, along with a bedroom and en suite bath. The master bedroom is on the third floor, which has spacious closets and a cathedral ceiling with a skylight. The adjoining bath has a tub and shower, exposed brick and glass walls.

Where: Otterbein is a small, historic neighborhood that exemplifies the very best of city living. It is a five-minute walk to the Harbor, the Science Center, and the two stadiums. There is a Harris-Teeter grocery store less than a mile away, as well as the numerous restaurants and bars in Federal Hill.

Final Appraisal: This is the first time this house has been on the market in 20 years. The owners have recently replaced windows, the roof, and much more. Otterbein is one of Baltimore’s little gems, and there is not a lot of turnover with the houses here.  The listing is here.

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