Hot House: 1026 West 38th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211
Brick-front Federal style Hampden row house, circa 1880, with front porch and new roof. Three bedrooms, two full baths, 1,328 sq. ft over two stories with unfinished basement and rear parking pad. Original architectural details. Living room, dining room, large kitchen, laundry room, full bath with shower on main level. Upstairs master bedroom and ensuite bath with tub. Two further bedrooms. Full unfinished basement. New energy-efficient windows. New front retaining walls, fully fenced backyard: $284,900
What: A standard issue row house, recently listed, with the twin assets of its hilltop setting and its location in a quiet yet central corner of Hampden near Hickory Avenue. It’s in good condition and has had some important stuff done — the roof, the energy-efficient windows, new wiring and a parking pad. But it has not been renovated. It’s cozy and cute, but it could use a little bling — and some closets. Also, the house is very vertical, with steep stairs inside and out.
Where: The corner of W. 38th Street and Hickory Avenue, between Roland Avenue and Falls Road in Hampden. This block, always tidy, looks better than ever, as homeowners — mostly young, judging from the number of strollers on porches — remodel, paint and landscape their houses. Hickory has always been one of the nicest streets in Hampden, with small detached houses that have a quiet, small-town vibe. In the next block, is the popular Bluebird Cocktail Room, beer hall De Kleine Duivel, and dive bar Griffith’s Tavern. It’s an easy walk to the Avenue, Hampden’s main artery, as well as to Hampden Elementary on Chestnut, nearby private schools, and I-83.
Why: Sunset views and breeze from the front porch.
Why Not: Lots of stairs, no shower in master bath.
Would Suit: Agile urbanites.
NB: House next door has beautiful back garden and artist studio.