Hot House: 8 W. Madison Street, Unit 25, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Approximately 837 square foot studio apartment with hardwood floors throughout, entryway with built-in sitting nook and bookcases leading to the great room; updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and ample cabinet space. Located in the heart of Mt. Vernon: $224,900
Hot House: Honestly, this is probably one of the most beautiful studio apartments you will ever see on this side of the Atlantic! The classic, stunning details — from the beautiful Palladian windows to the graceful columns, to the marble fireplace, to the carved woodwork and plaster moldings — are prevalent throughout the space. The elegant Georgian front entrance, with just a hint of what’s hiding behind and the incredible woodwork everywhere, give the first clues that this is a kind of place you won’t see every day.
What: This studio apartment is the perfect in-town pied-a-terre for someone who lives a distance outside of Baltimore but works and entertains in town or a parent with a child at the School for the Arts who needs to be close-by for late rehearsals. It is elegant, gracious, and centrally located, just a few minutes from the Harbor and the Jones Falls Expressway, and right in the middle of vibrant Mount Vernon. The flat is reminiscent of Thomas Jefferson’s glorious tea room at Monticello with the two sets of huge Palladian windows that bring loads of gorgeous light into the space. The pale lemon yellow walls set off the incredible mill-work, which has been thoughtfully preserved. The 14-foot ceilings leave plenty of wall space to hang your collection of art. There are built-in bookshelves, a window seat, and other beautiful details that will make this a cozy in-town showplace for you.
Where: This flat sits on the unit block of Madison, just off the north square of Mount Vernon Place. It’s in the heart of Baltimore’s cultural district and the Walter’s Art Museum, the Peabody Institute, School for the Arts, and the Basilica are within a ten-minute walk. There are loads of restaurants of every ethnicity, casual and upscale bars, and the four gorgeous parks that make up Mount Vernon Place, right at your doorstep. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to the JFX, placing north to the county or south to downtown just 20 minutes away.
Final Appraisal: You will never find another apartment with this level of classical detail in this condition for this price in Baltimore. It is truly one-of-a-kind. I loved this beautiful studio, but no parking, no outside space, and no laundry were all deal breakers for me, aside from the fact that it was smaller than expected. Those drawbacks are reflected in the price, however, and it would be a perfect space for someone who appreciates history and classical architecture and who wants to live the minimalist lifestyle. The listing is here.