Hot House: Anthem House, 900 E. Fort Avenue, Locust Point, Baltimore, 21230

New built luxury mixed-use development in Locust Point.  Nine stories, 292 apartments, modern industrial styling.  Studios at 540 sq. ft., one bedrooms at 702 sq. ft.+, two bedrooms at 1,080 sq. ft.+.  Thirty different floor plans available, including some with additional den. All apartments have views.  Live/work/play design incorporates 4,000 sq. ft. resident-only fitness center opening to outdoor pool and overlooking the harbor. Also bocce court, coffee shop, bar, retail shops, lounge, dog park, outdoor space, outdoor kitchen/grill, clubroom and conference room, parking. All apartments feature wood floors, granite counters, high ceilings, large windows with views. High grade finishes, washer/dryers throughout. Parking, $150 per month: $1,695 – $5,000 

What: There are way more than ten compelling reasons to live at Anthem House — starting with the views, working your way through the fitness center, the outdoor grill, the dog park (building is pet friendly), and ending somewhere around the bocce court. Brand new, and just opened in August, Anthem House is a $100 million joint venture between native son Toby Bozzuto, Scott Plank’s War Horse LLC and Solstice Partners.  A lot of thought has gone into it. Built around a central acre of lawn, it is designed to maximize water views, although city views and industrial views of Locust Point are actually interesting in their own right. Each floor has a range of apartments. On the top, there are nine apartments “designed for empty nesters,” meaning they are larger and more expensive, with things important to empty nesters (like wine refrigerators). Built around a large, grass-covered yard –perfect for yoga, frisbee, and complete with grill and kitchen — the building is impressive. Its modern styling and cool artwork also incorporates references to Locust Point’s old industrial Baltimore heritage. The clubroom, conference room and library are nice spaces to work from home, and when you want to get away, its near-airport location is hard to beat.

Where: Surely, no Baltimore neighborhood has grown faster than Locust Point. What took Hampden a hundred years to achieve, and Canton, fifty, has happened in Locust Point in less than ten. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is still being debated, but Locust Point has boomed. People are moving here. Hopefully, they will love life at Anthem House, work in the city, eventually buy in the city and make their lives in Baltimore.  Anthem house is located between Key Highway and E. Fort Avenue — just south of the Museum of Industry and north of Ft. McHenry. It’s a few blocks from Riverside Park, which offers a nice open green space, and the whole peninsula of Locust Point is great for bike riding — wide open and flat as a pancake. Proximity to I-95 makes it a decent commute to D.C. Proximity to the airport makes it nice for travelers. And proximity to the water taxi (just across Key Highway) makes getting to Fells Point and Canton even more fun.

Why: Really a lot of amenities for the price.

Why not: Bocce court location risks having bocce balls roll down Fort Avenue.

Would Suit: Work-from-homers or travel-for-workers.

NB: GPS says 15 minutes to BWI. It has been done in less.