Hot House: 3421 Woodberry Avenue, Baltimore, 21211
Steel and glass contemporary LEED duplex, circa 2009. Three bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths over 2,368 sq. ft. Open floor plan, glass walls, beamed wood ceilings, hardwood floors throughout. Gourmet kitchen with stainless Bosch appliances. Large master bedroom with walk-in closet. Central air. Deck, patio, no basement, two car garage, attached. Use of Clipper Mill pool. $689,900
What: A great idea that finally worked. This development, called The Overlook at Clipper Mill, is one of 38 homes begun by Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse (now Cross Street Partners) in the early years of this century, as part of a grand three-part plan for the Woodberry community. The plan — “to meld modern design with Clipper Mill’s historic sense of space” — included the restaurant Woodberry Kitchen, the condos, pool and artisan workshops. The Overlook was the second phase. The final phase was going to be the redevelopment of the beautiful old ‘Tractor Building’ which has yet to be finalized. Only 11 of the Overlook homes were built in 2008, when the recession hit and Struever Bros. was forced to sell its interest. A short time later, Steve Davies, former Struever construction manager, bought them and finished the job. The full story (or one man’s version of it), is here. They are built to a high standard and nicely designed. They are LEED certified and use 40% less energy than comparable homes. People who live in them love them, and they don’t come on the market that often.
Where: Off Clipper Mill Road in Woodberry. Pass Woodberry Kitchen on your right, the Tractor Building on your left, and then take a sharp left up the hill onto Woodberry Circle. #3421 is about three quarters of the way around. From here, you can walk to the Baltimore Light Rail, to the gym at Meadow Mill, and to Artifact Coffee. Take 83S or Falls Road downtown from Hampden. Trails run into Druid Hill park for walking and biking. There are views of the old industrial Woodberry and of wooded slopes. Plus, rumors of a Harris Teeter coming soon to Woodberry.
Why: You can have that third glass of wine at the Woodberry Kitchen — you’re practically home already.
Why Not: Getting down the steep hill on an icy day.
Would Suit: Early adopters.
NB: Clipper Mill pool has been voted ‘sexiest pool in Baltimore’ — see Baltimore Sun photo below.