Looking For Something Completely Different? Ultra Modern Hillside Townhouse In Hampden Outback

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Hot House: 1518 Baldwin Street, Hampden, Baltimore 21211


Newly built townhouse, contemporary style with front balcony, wood frame duplex on brick foundation,  circa 2014. 1,197 sq. ft. over three levels. Two bedrooms, 2.5 baths with open floor plan. Nine ft. ceilings, hardwood floors, kitchen with custom cabinetry and Brazilian granite counters, landscaped back garden, one car garage: $339,900


What: This is a cool small house. If it were in Denver, or San Francisco, or even Federal Hill, it would be just a hip face in the crowd of modern mid-range housing options. But perched on a steep hillside in deepest Hampden, rising out of a vacant lot where Hon land starts to give way to Appalachia – it definitely merits a “what the heck?” Number 1518 is one of two attached homes. The builder/designer, Stewart Whitney Miley, currently lives next door, which seems like a positive endorsement. It’s been built with conservation in mind – well insulated and with 6-ft. wood frame, energy-efficient windows that let in lots of light. At ground level, there’s an entrance hall that leads back to the garage and a room that could work as a bedroom, storage area or office space. Sleek stairs lead up one flight to the main living area, with a modern kitchen, dining and living open plan area. On the top floor are two bedrooms, both with big closets and modern bathrooms with glass shower.


1518: bedroom

Where: Baldwin Street is actually more of an alley. Ok, it is an alley. In the lots behind the house, virtually in the backyard, there are rows of plants, berries and a large, plastic tent for growing things. There is an agricultural endeavor going on here– a community garden maybe? Come July, it may be a pretty sight, with tomatoes and squash filling up the empty space. The builder owns several lots in the immediate vicinity and has plans for residential housing. The abandoned mill on Clipper Mill Road, Whitehall Mill, (just down the hill on the other side of Barks and Blooms Doggy Day Care) will soon be developed as a marketplace by David Tufaro, who did the great renovation of Mill No. 1. This side of Hampden is being eyeballed for future development, which you can see if you look closely among the intriguing junkyards and outsider art displays. Stay tuned. In the meantime, Baldwin Street is not easy to find, but with Google Maps, you’ll be fine. And it’s still just a short walk to the Avenue.

 Why: New construction, modern aesthetic and bright, open floor plan – all hard-to-find in Hampden.

 Why Not: Weird location for this house.

 Would Suit: Hampden single guy, not fussed about what goes on in other people’s yards.

 NB: There is an abandoned looking Church of the Brethren on the corner. Probably perfectly safe – not bizarre cult.



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  1. How does zoning allow for a house that’s so vastly different from the vernacular of the neighborhood? Is there no respect for the existing look of the land? Stop the bloody infill! And seriously, who’s going to pay $339k to live on an alley in Little Appalachia? Those people are not friendly to uppity incomers. Trust me.

  2. I think this is really well done project much ahead of the cultural curve of this area. So I went online and was looking at one of the real estate sites that gives all the details including crime report within one mile of the address. Since March 23 there were as best as I could tell 3 shootings or stabbings. I’m optimist so things could only be getting better. Right?

    • Well Bill, a mile away can be pretty far in Baltimore. Let’s say
      yes, things are getting better.

  3. Anon – zoning code does not include aesthetic preferences. If you want to speak about “respect” perhaps you should read the code first. That would be the respectful thing to do…

  4. This corner, which sits at the edge of an alley and steep “street”, looks like someone from the future took a dump on it. They razed part of the Baltimore Free Farm to develop this parcel of land, and once they’re done with the other lots in the area, it’ll hardly be the “outback” since no trees will be left. I’m 99% sure you can’t pull a vehicle into those garages given the grade and angle, and people park directly in front of the garages. Parking is already a problem in Hampton….errrr I mean Hampden, do we really need more houses? (I’ve never seen a slip of the tongue reveal such truth Cynthia, developers would love to shove this neighborhood full of boat shoed yuppies playing beer pong on their roof decks on daddies dime).

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