O’er The Ramparts: Stylish Townhouse on Federal Hill

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HOT HOUSE: 349 Warren Avenue, Baltimore, 21230

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american land titleBrick Federal-style townhouse, circa 1906, fronting on Federal Hill Park. Completely renovated in 2003 by interior designer Patrick Sutton. Three bedrooms, three full baths, 3,676 square feet over four floors, including unfinished basement. Two car garage, elevator, gourmet kitchen, top floor master bedroom suite, fenced and landscaped garden: $1,350,000

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What: A historic townhouse in the ultimate Baltimore location, high on the crest of Federal Hill, with views over the harbor and back to Fort McHenry. Originally called John Smith Hill, for the explorer and Jamestown founder who first recorded its existence, Federal Hill functioned as defensive ramparts for the city during several important battles. Now it’s Baltimore’s equivalent of Georgetown or Greenwich Village, with real estate in high demand. This house is both luxurious and modern, with a glamorous master suite at the top (balcony views), two more bedrooms on the second floor, and an airy open plan downstairs. There’s a white marble entrance foyer with sleek stairs heading up. Dining room off to the left, gourmet kitchen to the right,  living room at the back. House is narrow but deep, and feels roomy. Lots of thoughtful touches, built-ins, walk in closets, skylights, integrated sound system.  Hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, forced air heat, central air.

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 Where: Warren Avenue is at the crest of Federal Hill, mere steps from the park. Driving east on Key Highway past the Science Center, turn right at Battery Avenue, up the hill and take the first left onto Warren Avenue. The house is on the corner of Warren and Henry, running the full block between Warren Avenue and Hamburg Street behind. Both the main entrance and the garage are on Henry Street. From here, its just a roll down Federal Hill to the Inner Harbor, and a short walk over to the restaurants and shops of this popular and historic neighborhood. The house is at a nice remove from the weekend bar action, which can get a little noisy.

 Why: No immediate worries about rising sea levels.

 Why Not: Despite the original pressed tin ceiling, and dining room columns, not much historic architectural detail survived the renovation.

 NB: You’ll have two parking spots, and no one else will…

Would Suit: Baltimore hero – Buck Showalter.


Hot House is sponsored by American Land Title Corporation, commercial and residential settlement agents.


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