Hot House: 124 W. Henrietta Street, #3, Baltimore, 21230
Two level townhouse condo with loft in former church, circa 1867, completely renovated. 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 1,658 sq. ft. Open floor plan with cathedral ceilings, archway, entrance foyer, gothic windows, gas fireplace, hardwood floors. Modern kitchen with granite counters. Large ensuite master bedroom. Updated baths with glass shower, whirlpool bath. Central air, private off street parking space: $315,000 (recently reduced)
What: Stylish townhouse with architectural interest, thanks to its past life as a church. There’s an entrance foyer, a large living/dining area, a small but newish galley kitchen and a lot of nice built-in bookcases and storage. The stairs and upper level hallways have silver gilt wallpaper that ‘will not be to everyone’s taste,’ as they say. But there is a soaring arched ceiling, and a cool metal spiral staircase that rises up to the loft which would make a great office. It feels bright, modern and fun.
Where: Otterbein is a small, affluent neighborhood, with some of the highest residential property values in Baltimore City. Located just southwest of the Inner Harbor, bordering on Federal Hill. The area’s generally small, single family houses were built during the mid 19th century, when it was a mixed community of wealthy business people, craftsmen, and manual laborers. It experienced a sharp decline in the mid-1900s, and was taken over by the government, which planned to run Interstate 95 directly through downtown Baltimore. When the plan was defeated, thanks largely to the efforts of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, the City of Baltimore launched the largest urban homesteading program in the history of the United States. Hundreds of the original homes were restored through the “dollar homes” program, and new homes were built around the existing core. Otterbein today is an inviting mix of older and newer homes, shops and restaurants, all conveniently located to the downtown business district, Federal Hill, and the Inner Harbor. Easily accessible to major highways, it is within walking distance of both Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. The Otterbein Swim Club is open to neighborhood residents (check waiting list).
Would Suit: Young, sports-loving buyer. Extra bedroom could take a roommate, with plenty of room to spare.
Why: Cool space, close to Federal Hill action, and you love the roar of the crowd.
Why Not: On Ravens home game days, you’ll have to guard that private parking space with your life.
NB: Estimated mortgage is $1,145/month. In Federal Hill, a 1 bedroom rental with no parking could cost that much.