Hidden Mt. Vernon Gem: Carriage House Condo Asks $199K

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Hot House: 13 E. Branch Lane, #C1, Baltimore, MD 21201

One bedroom, two-level, 700 sq. ft condo in the brick carriage house of an E. Mt. Vernon Place mansion, circa 1850. Private courtyard entrance. Small vestibule, large living room with wood burning fireplace, updated galley kitchen, upstairs master bedroom with fireplace and walk-in closet, and large modern, spa-like bathroom. Washer/dryer, central a/c, new windows and HVAC, storage unit and maintenance included. $199,000. Coop fee: $229/mo. Also available as a rental.

What: A sweet one or two-person apartment that backs on an alley — what the English call a mews house — hiding in plain sight at the very heart of Mt. Vernon. The agent has several offers after the open house last Sunday, so don’t wait if you’re at all interested. For peace, privacy and a bit of luxury (the glamorous entrance of the Mt. Vernon Place mansions) this little place offers a lot at a relatively low price point. The two-level set up makes it feel larger than it is, the layout is sensible, and the rooms are well proportioned. What the interior lacks in architectural detail is richly compensated for by the beautiful ornate facade of the carriage house and courtyard.

Where: From the elegant entrance halls of the mansions at 12 and 14 Mt. Vernon Place, a pretty and quiet rear courtyard gives access to the carriage house. This unit also has an entrance on Branch Lane, a pretty, brick paved lane which runs behind the mansions and connects N. Charles to St. Paul Street. The Peabody is just across the square and music often fills the air. The Walters and the Washington Monument are a block away. Center Stage is a short walk, as are the restaurants The Helmand, Iggie’s, Brewer’s Art, The Elephant, Magdalena Restaurant at the Ivy Hotel, Topside on the roof of the Revival (formerly Peabody) Hotel, City Cafe, and all the clubs and bars in Mt. Vernon.

Why: Lots of character, great location.

Why Not: Street parking only, but a surprising number of spots in front of the mansions.

Would Suit: Peabody student with a trust fund, Walters faculty.

NB: Although the combined properties of #12-14 E. Mt. Vernon Place are called the Carroll House Condominiums, the mansion at #12 was designed by architect Louis L. Long (St. Ignatius Church) for the Smith family and lived in by Col. Richard France who started the Maryland State Lottery.

Please join us for our Home & Real Estate Guide Publication Party tomorrow night, June 13 at Design Distillery in Federal Hill.  Get your print version of the guide, edited by Hot House writer Cynthia McIntyre, at the event.  The party is free and open to the public. See you there!


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