909 St. Paul St., Baltimore.

Photo credit: Allan Forest/Tru Place.

Hot House: Elegant Townhouse in the Heart of Mt. Vernon, Beautifully Renovated.
6 bedrooms/4 bathrooms. 5,576 square feet. Asking price: $988,000.

What: Mt. Vernon is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Baltimore, with huge
turn-of-the-century townhouses (in the original sense of the word, not the current
one) filled with beautiful architectural details, including stunning millwork, intricate
mosaic floors, lofty ceilings, and much more. This house at 909 St. Paul St. has
been sympathetically renovated, leaving the original details intact, but updating with
all of the amenities that today’s homebuyers expect.

Photo credit: Allan Forest/Tru Place.

This light-filled townhouse is entered through a classic vestibule with the original
leaded lights over the door, a traditional glazed tile floor and wonderful wainscotting.
The long hallway, with its arched doorways leads to a sitting room, one of two on the
first floor. The current owner has cleverly placed a large looking glass at the end of
the vista, to reflect many details.

Photo credit: Allan Forest/Tru Place.

A living room to the right of the entry hall features gorgeous hard-wood floors and
intricate plasterwork which runs below the ceiling. Huge windows bring tons of
afternoon light into the space. A fireplace, surrounded by subway tiles and a period
mantle complete the room. Fortunately, the original interior shutters are still in situ.

Photo credit: Allan Forest/Tru Place.

At the end of the hallway, you will find a sweeping three-level staircase with original balusters and railings, and the entry into the dining room with original stained wood wainscotting and a beamed ceiling. The open plan kitchen, which has been updated to chef’s specifications, contains a six-burner stove, a center island and large windows overlooking the rear of the property.

Photo credit: Allan Forest/Tru Place.

As you move upstairs, you will find a primary bedroom suite, with en-suite bathroom, a custom walk-in closet and, best of all, a private deck which also overlooks the rear of the property. The second floor also has a spacious family room, complete with a gas-burning fireplace with an exquisitely detailed fireplace surround, a coffered ceiling, and built in bookcases. The third floor has four additional bedrooms, a stained glass skylight and an additional bathroom.

This house also has a ground-floor suite with its own private apartment, which could
be used as a in-law suite or as an income producing space. Best of all, for any city
dweller, there are two on-site parking spaces, always a premium feature.

Photo credit: Allan Forest/Tru Place.

Where: Nine-0-Nine St. Paul Street is located in the absolute heart of Mt. Vernon,
surrounded by cultural organizations, fabulous restaurants, beautiful architecture,
large and small parks and plenty to do! It’s a short walk to Penn Station to the north
and an easy walk to the Inner Harbor to the south.

Image courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty.

Final Appraisal: There is a disturbing trend in Mt. Vernon today of converting these
huge early 1900’s townhouses into tiny apartments, tearing all of the period details out and calling them “contemporary living.” We hope with every fiber of our being that this house stays as the elegant beauty that she is, and isn’t converted into tacky, tiny flats. The listing for the house is here.

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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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