Move Here Before It Explodes: Post-Industrial Chic Loft Style Townhouse In Locust Point

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1310 Andre Street #A, Locust Point, Baltimore, MD 21230

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Recent renovation of circa 1875 attached brick-fronted townhouse with asphalt shingle roof, sided back,  large roof deck. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,500 sq. ft. over four levels with finished basement. Open plan, extensive wall space, all new stainless steel kitchen, hardwood floors throughout, rain showers, sep. whirlpool tub, dual zone HVAC. 360-degree views from roof deck include water views. Parking pad in rear: $468,500 (recently reduced)

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What: Pretty soon there will be new townhouses all over this neighborhood.  What makes this row unique is that the builder decided to leave the original brick facades while redoing everything else. It was a nice touch, and it cost him a little more, but the house remains part of the fabric of the neighborhood as a result. It doesn’t feel like a tract home, as many of the new ones will. As time goes on, this will be more and more appreciated. The renovation is nicely done, but not luxurious. Front door enters directly into a long living room, which ends in a kitchen, with no island or eating bar. Upstairs bathrooms are brand new and modern, bedrooms are ok, the roof deck is great. There is a lot of square footage here, as 2,500 sq. ft. is about double what many similar row homes will be offering. This house has an extra level, which makes it the highest on the block.

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Where: With Kevin Plank’s recent acquisition of nearby Port Covington, and the Tide Point Under Armour campus just a few blocks north, Locust Point has become a very desirable neighborhood. “Totally cool and laid back, rapidly developing, I would move here before it explodes.” (Reddit) Housing prices are predicted to rise here at double the rate for the rest of us. It’s surrounded on three sides by water, with easy access at Fort McHenry, and a short hop to I95 at the end of Andre Street (attention D.C. commuters). And it’s the safest neighborhood in Baltimore, according to a 2010 report. Gritty and industrial, it is also quiet and residential — a mix of young professionals and older blue collar workers. There are some nice corner bars, but if you are looking for a party scene, you’ll have to head north (four-minute Uber ride) to Federal Hill. To see trees and grass you’ll have to walk (3 min) over to Fort McHenry or Latrobe Park, where there’s also a nice dog park. McHenry Row, with its big Harris Teeter, Charm City Run, Dogma, coffee shop, etc., has vastly improved the neighborhood. Just north on Fort Avenue are The Wine Market bistro, a Starbucks, and the 24-hour Merritt Athletic Club gym. All that’s missing is um, a school.

Would Suit: Art collectors. House has huge amounts of empty wall space, crying out for major works.

 Why: Fireworks parties on the rooftop deck.

 Why Not: Living room is long and skinny, with just one narrow front window.

 NB: No association fees. Plus, realtor says there is an option to have open-riser stairs, instead of the closed riser version shown – which might be nice (check out photos online).

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