On the Water: New Orleans Style Townhouse with Coveted Deep Water Pier

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Hot House: 928 ½ Fell Street, Baltimore, 21231

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Uniquely located three-story brick townhouse/condo, circa 1989, with front and rear balconies and decorative fencing. Backs on harbor, steps from own deep-water slip and boat pier. Landscaped for privacy, small enclosed lawn.  Three to four bedrooms, 3.5  baths, 2,524sq. ft., with hardwood floors, gas fireplace, shared front courtyard, brick driveway, one-car garage, parking pad. Central a/c: $1,299,000

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What: A yachtsman’s dream. One of very few homes on the harbor that comes with a deep water pier, which means you can wake up, pack a few sandwiches, lock the door and head for Bermuda.

Even when you’re not sailing, living here is no hardship.Formerly an old warehouse, 928 ½ was converted just after the Inner Harbor redevelopment, as Fells Point was becoming a destination. It’s at one end of a small, very private group of townhouses, all set around a central brick courtyard off the street — so charming it feels like a stage set. Balconies on the courtyard face each other. One has an outside bar and grill, one houses surfboards, one overflows with flowers – it’s pretty cute. The rear balcony of 928 ½ faces the harbor, and beyond is the wide open sea.

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The inside is not as memorable as the outside, although it has lots of potential. Appliances, fixtures, trims are serviceable, but mostly builder’s grade. It needs a good eye and some upgrades to make it a true luxury home. Still, it’s bright and clean –and  in move-in condition. Entrance from the courtyard at ground level will take you through the closeted and mirrored hallway into a large family, or maybe guest, room. There’s a garage entrance here and access to covered back porch overlooking lawn and boat slip. One flight up is the  main living area  — a dining room and large living room with gas fireplace and balcony facing the courtyard. Kitchen is  on this level, too. It’s white, medium sized, with a balcony overlooking trees and harbor.  Upstairs on the third floor are three bedrooms. Two are small, with windows on the water. The master bedroom suite has a walk-in closed and a big bathroom, but also a built-in platform bed that not everyone will be able to love. Condo fees here are an annual $4,000, which includes lawn and pier maintenance and snow removal. Electric forced air heat and a/c.

Where: On the water in Fell’s Point, just around the promenade from Henderson’s Wharf. Walk or jog the seven miles of the Harbor Promenade, then walk over to Jimmy’s for breakfast. Restaurants, bars, shopping in both Harbor East and Canton are a walk or bike ride away. The Exelon Tower will be breaking ground any day now in neighboring Harbor Point. This may create some temporary navigational issues,  but will likely make your two parking spaces and boat slip even more desirable. Driving south on I-83 into the city, take the President Street roundabout to Aliceanna Street. East on Aliceanna for three long blocks, then right on S. Ann Street for one block. Fell Street is a left-leaning diagonal, across S. Ann Street,  heading toward the water. Entrance to the courtyard is on the right.

 Why: “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain.

 Why Not: Quite happy in Ruxton, thanks.

 Would Suit: Spontaneous sailors. Exelon exec.

NB: “The two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day they buy a boat, and the day they sell it.” – Unknown.

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