Hot House: 3010 Cresmont Avenue, Remington, Baltimore MD 21211
Federal style brick corner townhouse, circa 1925, in good condition, with stone foundation, front porch, second-story screened porch, rear deck and back garden. Three bedrooms, 1 full bath over 1,200 sq. ft. Large unfinished basement with 8’ceilings. Hardwood floors throughout, many original architectural features. No central a/c. Needs some updating: $175,000 (offer pending)
What: This is a solidly built house, which with a few improvements — central a/c and another bathroom or two — could be a very good investment, given Remington’s trending status and Hopkins’s announced intention to improve the neighborhood. The front windows are long and well-proportioned, the porch is breezy, and while it was never a grand place, it has a nice, welcoming presence. Inside, the rooms are a little boxy, smallish, and there’s no bathroom on the main level. But it’s actually nicer inside than it appears; the online photos aren’t great. The large, dry basement is unfinished but offers a lot of potential for both storage and extra living space. The Zillow estimate is significantly higher than the list price.
Where: Cresmont Avenue is north of 29th Street, just a stone’s throw from the Hopkins campus and the dell of Wyman Park. It’s surrounded by greenspace, and has a leafy feeling, which is hard to come by in industrial Remington. Nearby is the popular dive, Ottobar, on N. Howard, as well as more upscale spots like W.C. Harlan and Clavel, the new tacos and mezcal restaurant on W. 23rd Street. There’s an Eddie’s Market on Charles at 31st Street and a larger Safeway on St. Paul’s at 24th.
Why: Good value in top Remington location.
Why Not: No central air.
Would Suit: Hopkins prof or flush grad student. A good buy-to-let option for Hopkins parents.
NB: JHU has a new state-of-the art Child Care and Early Learning Center right around the corner from here, for children ages 6 weeks through pre-school. Hopkins parents get priority for its 94 spots, but there are a few places for neighborhood folks.