Federal Hill Townhouse

225 East Montgomery Street

$ 729,000

4 br/3.5 ba

From the outside there is a lot to like about this pretty Federal Hill townhouse. The tony Montgomery Street location is primo and the charming front and back outdoor spaces seem like they would require just the right amount of work (which to me means only one sunny Saturday per season).  Inside, things are less clear. While far from new (1992?), the majority of the finishes appear to be very well done (the polished wood built-ins almost give a yachting vibe) and are a testament to the ability of quality materials to stand the test of time. Conversely, there is about a quarter of the decor that, while newer, is, um, well…a hot mess. (Sorry kitchen, bathrooms and doors, I’m am referring to you.) I love the idea of the new buyer bringing all the components up to the highest level. Visualize: Enjoying the expansive views from the roof deck as REM’s “Automatic for the People” (yep, it was 1992) plays in the background. 

Roland Park Apartment 

4300 Roland Avenue, #301


2br/1 ba

I’ll start by admitting that I am a sucker for these 1920’s Roland Park apartments. Something about them reeks of intellect and culture. It is no surprise then that I am smitten with this Roland Avenue residence. Housed in an architecturally exquisite building, it is a virtually untouched gem of an apartment. Check out the fireplace mantle, high ceilings,  sun room, moldings and original windows for reasons to fall in love with the place. Don’t check out, however, the incongruously renovated kitchen. Hopefully, they left the bathrooms alone. Visualize: Sipping tea as you work on your thesis for your Hopkins Anthropology doctorate.