Hot House: A Row House On Hampden’s Fabled Christmas Street, $263K

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Hot House: 717 W. 34th Street, Hampden, Baltimore MD 21211

Victorian style row house, circa 1900, in brick and stucco, with rubber roof. Front bow window, large front porch,  back deck. Three bedrooms, one full bath over 1,124 sq. ft., with unfinished basement, floored attic. Recently renovated country-style kitchen with six burner stove, exposed brick, Corian counters and large island. Hardwood floors throughout. Private fenced yard with one-car garage and parking pad: $263,000

What: If you have read this far, you are like “millions of visitors from America and abroad,” who are fascinated by the insanely decorated row houses of W. 34th Street at Christmastime.  Maybe you have even thought that it might be fun to live there. At the very least you have wondered how the heck they get everyone on the block to sign on to this? No one knows the full answer to that question, although at least one house has it in their lease. This could be your chance to find out.

For most of the year, 717 W. 34th Street is a classic, cuter-than-most Hampden row house. It is in decent shape, and the interior has had some recent updates. The (one) bathroom is new, and the kitchen looks great. On the other hand, there is no central air. The wood floors are polished, and the newel post on the stair rail adds some gravitas. Between the big attic, the basement and the garage, there is a ton of storage or workspace. Plenty of time before Christmas.

Where: West 34th Street, between Chestnut and Keswick. Around the corner from Rocket-To-Venus, and just a few short blocks from Paulie Gee’s pizza, the Charmery and the most happening corner in Hampden. A block in the other direction is Wyman Park, equally popular with dogs and people.

Why:  Being a part of the whole only-in-Baltimore, Christmas-in-Hampden thing.

Why Not: See above.

Would Suit: Fun, sociable, creative buyers,  for who climbing ladders is no big deal.

NB: To fit on the parking pad, you need to park sideways.

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