510 Cathedral Street, Baltimore.

Hot House: Unique townhouse on Cathedral Hill, beautifully renovated. 7 beds/10 baths. 8,250 square feet. Asking price: $1,375,000.

What: While most people can’t quite place Cathedral Hill, if you think for a second, you might realize it’s the neighborhood immediately surrounding the Basilica on Cathedral Street (get it?) and the Central Branch of the Pratt Library. This beautifully restored and renovated townhouse is on the “up-hill” block of Cathedral Street, between Centre and Franklin Streets.

This beautiful, traditional townhouse was built in the 1840s, when the area was at the heart of everything in Baltimore. Of course, it features uncountable special details that today’s craftsmen would have a hard time duplicating. There are hardwood floors, crown moldings, eleven fireplaces, some with the original marble mantels, historic pier mirrors and much more. In addition to the owner’s unit, which spans all five floors, there are rental units, including a two-level unit and two studio apartments, each with separate entries. Two of the units have long-term tenants and the third is used as an Airbnb.

The entry to this house is on there ground floor where many of the cozy, smaller, and more practical rooms are located. As is traditional in this Greek Revival-style house, the main, more elegant rooms, known as the piano nobile, are located on the second floor, and have the most incredible details in the house. The ceilings are high, the details are many and various, including plaster-work and mahogany pocket doors, and the style is elegance personified. The main living area features Gothic-style bookcases, a marble fireplace and huge windows. This floor includes a living room, dining room, study and kitchen.

The third level has two large bedrooms and a large full bath, while the fourth level has all of that, plus a kitchenette. The fifth level is an office/art studio with a full bath, another kitchenette and access to the deck overlooking much of downtown Baltimore. There are also several interior and exterior staircases to connect the levels and provide privacy for the rental units.

Not only is there loads of interior space, this house also has a large back garden with a brick patio, small trees and a grassy area. Additionally, and ideal for this neighborhood, there is a two-car garage off of the alley behind the house.

Where: This amazing house is located on Cathedral Street, just steps from the Walters Art Museum, the Basilica, the main branch of the Pratt Library and much, much more. It’s perfect for someone who revels in city life and has a walkability score of 99/100! There are numerous restaurants within walking distance and access to all that Mt. Vernon has to offer!

Final Appraisal: If you despair the throw-away houses that will be lucky to last 25 years, and if you love the architectural detail and lush life of a city townhouse, this is the house for you. There is loads of room for you and your family, and space enough to spread out. Additionally, the income-producing rental units will help pay the mortgage! The listing for the house is here.

All images are from the listing.

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.

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