132 E. Montgomery Street, Federal Hill

Hot House: Modern corner row house overlooking the Inner Harbor; 3 bedrooms/4 bathrooms; 3,588 square feet; Parking on-site; $1,099,000.

What: Originally built in 1875, this house was completely modernized, upgraded and updated in 2001 by renown Baltimore architect, Rebecca Swanston, FAIA, who also designed the American Visionary Arts Museum, just a few blocks away. This 23-foot wide house overlooks the Inner Harbor from its roof-top deck, as well as from the large banks of windows.

At 23 feet wide, this house is double the width of most houses in the area, and with 10-foot high ceilings, it belies everything you’ve heard about row-houses being dark. The open plan
first floor has a living area with a wood-burning fireplace, dining area, den, library and laundry and powder rooms. The kitchen features top of the line appliances and finishes, as well as a bright color palate and a breakfast bar. The entire house features custom built-in storage space and numerous closets. The numerous windows ensure that this house is filled with light.

The second level features a main bedroom and en suite bath, with an oversize steam shower jets and jacuzzi. The large roof-top deck is the perfect place for watching the fireworks on July 4th or New Years Eve, or just watching the boats come and go.

If you’ve ever lived in Federal Hill, Fells Point or Canton and have spent countless hours searching for a parking space, you’ll understand that the best thing about this house is the two-car garage that can be accessed from inside the house, and which exit onto William Street and Key Highway. Additionally, the two spaces in front of the garages are yours for over-flow parking.

Where: Montgomery is in the heart of Federal Hill and is one of the prettiest streets in the neighborhood. The neighbors are an active group, hosting block parties and an annual 4th of July Parade. This house is close to the restaurants and bars of Federal Hill, but not too close!

It’s a five-minute walk to the updated Cross Street Market in one direction, and to the quirky American Visionary Arts Museum in the other. On Ravens game days, it’s a fun stroll to the stadium with the crowd. If your office is still downtown, it’s a great walk along the harbor.

The local Federal Hill Prep School gets high marks and the parents are active and involved in the school.

Final Appraisal: This house would be perfect for an empty-nest couple who want a life more
exciting than in the heart of Baltimore County. The on-site parking means no parking worries for your guests. The early Y2K architecture was initially jarring in the historic neighborhood, but after 20 years, the house has settled into its site and is an integral part of the landscape.

The listing for the house is here.

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.