Hot House: 229 E. Montgomery Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Detached Federal-style corner house, circa 1875,  in painted brick. Front porch, back deck, roof deck with views of Inner Harbor. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths over 1,746 sq. ft. Original hardwood floors, versatile ground-floor layout. Large back room on main floor with potential for first-floor ensuite master bedroom, office or gym. Kitchen with breakfast bar, separate dining room. Two full bedrooms and baths upstairs, with small additional room. Front garden with wrought iron fencing. Central air, street parking. $550,000


What:  If there’s a cuter house than this, in a better location anywhere in Baltimore (so no English hobbit houses), we’d like to know about it. People walk by this place and smile. The nice paint job, the wrought iron gate, the sunny front garden, the porch complete with rocking chairs that look like grandma just left  all make it feel like home — before you’ve even walked up the garden path.

Inside, the rooms are simple and serene. The current owners have made the front room a dining room, using the kitchen/family room across the hall as their main living room. You could easily have it the other way round. And that big room at the back could go lots of ways too, including a ground-floor master bedroom. Everything here is in good order, and all three bathrooms are new. A cool metal staircase spirals up the back of the house leading to the roof deck, where the magnificent Baltimore harbor opens before you.

Where: At the corner of E. Montgomery Street and Federal Hill Park. A fabulous city location with a front yard and park proximity that gives it a relaxed, intimate feeling. Away from the bar scene, but an easy walk to all Fed Hill attractions, restaurants, museums, stadiums and water taxi to Fells Point. Free Circulator bus stops nearby.

Why: Memorable house in prime location.

Why Not: Street parking.

Would Suit: Wife of ships captain, waiting for her husband to return home from the sea. Brandy.

NB: The Federal Hill Historic District will soon be covered under the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) purviews, which help preserve historic neighborhoods and protect against unwarranted development.