Hot House: Rumors of Marijuana ‘Grow Facility’ Add Intrigue to Woodberry Flip

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Hot House: 3624 Malden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211

Brick townhouse, circa 1920, with black mansard roof, all new and completely renovated in 2017. Four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over three stories and 2,145 sq. ft. End-of-group, southern exposure, high ceilings, long windows, hardwood floors, open-plan main level. Kitchen with granite island/breakfast bar, gas fireplace. Large mudroom off kitchen with closet and half-bath. Finished lower level with full bath and storage closets. Third-floor master suite with views. Fenced rear yard, parking for two cars: $417,000

What: This is one of several quality flips that builder Kevin Stebbings and his son Gordon have done in and around Hampden. As a team, they have an unusually high standard of workmanship, and this is another fine job. Keeping all the distinctive features of the home — the old brick, the mansard roof, the chimneys — they’ve rebuilt a neighbor eyesore (bought for $48.5K in 2016) into a well-designed head-turner, well worth a drive-by if you are in this market.

Behind the house is a several-acre lot with a large warehouse that backs up to woods. Here are the facts:

  1. The warehouse is being fixed up.
  2. It has no windows.
  3. There is currently one medical cannabis company with pre-approval to grow marijuana and 11 firms pre-approved to dispense cannabis in Baltimore City — presumably looking for locations.

That’s it. But neighbors believe that this warehouse is going to be a grow site. You may want to check this out before writing a check. On the other hand, 24-hour security could be a nice upside.

Where: Malden Avenue is about halfway up TV Hill in Woodberry, just before the long uphill driveway that leads to WJZ-13. It’s a charming street, bordering on idyllic; a piece of history left behind. Walk to Woodberry Kitchen, small and friendly Woodberry Park and the Woodberry Light Rail Station, which also offers access to the 16-mile bike trail that roughly circles Druid Hill Reservoir. Besides Woodberry Kitchen, nearby Hampden has some truly great restaurants, plus the Wine Source. And, there’s a very decent public school in Medfield.

Would Suit: Bikers, foodies looking for a small town in the city.

Why: Romantic evening views from master bedroom window.

Why Not:  No shops or corner stores in Woodberry.

NB: TV Hill is among the first Baltimore neighborhoods to be plowed after a snowstorm so that journalists can get to work.

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