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James Beard Awards Recognize Baltimore Chefs, Restaurant

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Looks like Maryland’s culinary stars are on the rise.  The James Beard Foundation announced Baltimore chefs Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Cindy Wolf of Charleston and Frederick chef Bryan Voltaggio of Volt as Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic Semifinalists for its annual award. All three chefs have been nominated before.

Charleston received more recognition with two national nominations: one in the Outstanding Restaurant category and another in the Outstanding Wine Program category. It is the first time the restaurant, considered Baltimore’s finest, has received those nominations.

The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The Awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The winners will be announced May 7.

Check out the complete list of nominees, to see all the restaurants across the country that were nominated.

 

Recreational Residential Real Estalking

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Are you in market for a new home? Are you thinking of selling your house and need some price comparisons? Are you a house obsessed lookey-loo? Well, grab a Starbucks and power up the GPS. We have your Sunday afternoon covered with our picks of the best open houses this week.

 

3415 Woodberry Avenue, Baltimore MD 21211

$529,000

3br/3.5 ba

Hip builder’s model contemporary at “Clipper Mill.” Look past the uninspired decor to see its industrial chic potential. Surroundings include fab community pool, artists’ studios and Woodberry Kitchen. Visualize walking to lively Saturday brunches with yoga toned artsy friends.

 

911 South Decker Avenue

$ 249,000

2 br/1.5 ba

Everything about this Canton townhouse says “OMG! it’s sooo cute.”  Therefore, if you are a twenty-something single girl who can swing the mortgage, this one might be for you. Alternatively, if you’re looking for an investment property to rent out, this one is guaranteed to attract plenty of twenty-something single girls. Visualize: Walking home form the St. Patrick’s day festivities in Canton without fear of a DUI or depositing a rent check.

 

12 Saint Martins Road

$955,000

4br/2.5 ba

This Guilford home strikes an undeniably pretty curb-side view. Sure, the interior decor is wacky but that is exactly why it is worth a visit, to see how much work is needed to get down to the original bones. The good news is that it all looks to be scrupulously maintained so the home’s systems are bound to be in good shape. Visualize: pruning roses in that fairytale-like walled garden in the back.

Cozy (Green) Treehouses Overlook Clipper Mill

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HOT HOUSE: 3415 Woodberry Avenue, Baltimore, 21211

Overlooking Clipper Mill and Woodberry, a contemporary style, new-built, green design, three story house in a small development with access to the Woodberry swimming pool: $529,000.

What: An interesting idea. Streuver Brothers started this group of 38 houses, then BB&T bank bought and finished them. Now they’re on the market as “contemporary park homes with wooded views and the latest in sustainable design options.” All true. Built to very high LEED silver environmental standards, they are currently the greenest houses in the mid-Atlantic. The houses are free-standing, although the lots are very small, and somehow they feel like town homes. High on an outcropping above the Clipper Mill village, they do offer a rare chance to own a contemporary home in an ancient and fascinating corner of the city. Inside, you walk up the stairs to an airy open plan living room with 10’ ceilings.  Expansive glass windows have views of trees and the old industrial buildings of Clipper Mill.  Outside is a nice deck. A dining area, and a sleek galley kitchen are on the main floor too, the kitchen with Bosch stainless steel appliances, granite counters and hardwood floors.  Upstairs are three bedrooms and three and a half baths. Downstairs is a large family room, with natural light and another deck. Nothing amazing, except the views, but all very nice. Central air, gas fireplace, one car garage. Realtor says that only eight units are left.  Hmmmm…maybe.
 
Where:  Off the beaten track. Take Union Avenue down the hill from Falls Road, and back up to cross over the Light Rail tracks. Stay straight as it narrows and becomes Clipper Park Road. You’ll pass Woodberry Kitchen on your right. Hang a sharp left just past the Stable onto Woodberry Avenue and up a steep-ish hill.  From here, you can walk to the Light Rail (just 15 minutes to downtown), Woodberry Kitchen and the Jones Falls hiking/biking trail. Good access to I-83, too.  

Why: It’s something different and kind of cool. Snug in your nest, up in the trees, behind walls of glass, with a nice combination of industrial and rural views, you can feel happily superior to your suburban friends, living in so not-green brick boxes. Plus, feeling like you’re supporting the arts community, somehow, just by living here … Plus, chance to be a barfly at Woodberry Kitchen, lounge lizard at the fabulous pool.

Would suit: divorcees, hipsters with a trust-fund, artists–at-heart, environmentally-conscious retirees.

Why Not: Although striking, their modern styling is not that great looking, except at night.  Getting down the hill in snow or ice could be a problem. 

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