Hot House: 132 E. Montgomery Street, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 21230
Brick townhouse, circa 1875, completely modernized 2005, with exterior glass wall and balconies overlooking street and harbor. 3,588 sq. ft. with three bedrooms, four baths over three levels. Custom gourmet kitchen with extensive built-ins, office with built-ins, gas fireplace, master suite with dressing room and steam shower, full intercom and camera security system, two car garage, large rooftop terrace, full harbor views: $1,400,000. Also available for rent @ $4,500/mo.
What: In 2001, Cristina Wasiak was named the first woman CFO of T. Rowe Price. In 2003, she left the position for unspecified reasons, and hired well-known architect Rebecca Swanston to turn three Federal Hill properties, including an auto body shop, into a sleek city house. The entrance on E. Montgomery takes you right upstairs. The main living area is on the second floor to maximize light and harbor views – this house is among the very few with a full-on Inner Harbor vista. It’s a show-stopping space, with sliding glass panels, metal balconies and gleaming hardwood floors — extensively photographed in Creating the Inspired House by John Connell. The kitchen is beautifully designed and perfect for entertaining, with a mahogany breakfast bar rising over granite countertops, top grade appliances and walls of high-end cabinetry that could house a collection of…whatever. Open floor plan here, with a gas fireplace and lots of room for a big cozy sofa. Upstairs is a chic master bedroom suite as well as an entrance to the roof deck – furnished, this deck would truly be an outdoor living room. It’s big and inviting and comes with a wide-arm, expanding umbrella for shade in the heat of the day. The top floor also offers access to the Federal style townhouse, one of the original three properties, seamlessly joined, which offers a separate living and office area with entrance onto William Street.
Where: This house virtually owns the corner of E. Montgomery and William Streets, a highly desirable Federal Hill location. Walk two blocks east and you’re standing at the summit of Federal Hill Park. A block west, and you are sitting outside at Regi’s, a prime-viewing platform for all the Federal Hill action. The Cross Street market with Nick’s Seafood, and all Federal Hill bars, galleries and shops are within a few blocks. Driving south on Light Street, pass the Science Center and take a left onto E. Montgomery Street. Number 132 is on the left.
Why: Location, views, style. Plus an attractive second entrance on William Street, which would make setting up a business (how ‘bout consulting!) a complete snap.
Why Not: The non-traditional bedroom configuration. Two downstairs bedrooms, each with their own bath, but also separate street entrances, are not an ideal set up for small children (not to mention teenagers inclined to bolt).
NB: Expansive as the house is, the master bedroom is not huge.