Hot House: 722 South Charles Street, Baltimore, 21230
Federal style townhouse, in brick and stucco, formerly two houses, circa 1782, completely and recently renovated. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths over three stories and 2,488 sq. ft. Hardwood floors and new carpeting. Replacement windows w/shutters and blinds. Gourmet kitchen with 42” cabinets, s/s appliances, dining room, living/family room with fireplace. Master suite with sitting room, bath w/ separate glass shower and whirlpool tub, walk-in closet. Three entrances, 2 basements, 2-zone heating, roof deck. 2 car parking in rear, small enclosed patio garden: $599,900
What: There’s not much left but the shell of the original two townhouses that once made up this building, but that may be a good thing. What’s here now is an unusually roomy and comfortable setup in a quiet corner of Federal Hill. The original houses have a small but real claim to historical significance, appearing on the famous 1792 map of Baltimore prepared by French geographer A.P. Folie , in his own words, “at great Trouble and Expense.” The map reflects Baltimore’s status as America’s third largest city at the beginning of the 19th century, and there’s a copy in the house that might get thrown into the bargain if you ask. Number 722 still has its original ceiling beams, proudly exposed in the kitchen, and an original trap door going down to one of two exceptionally clean and dry basements. Otherwise, all is brand spanking new. The front door opens into a large kitchen with breakfast bar in the island. Further on is a big dining room, and a good-sized living room at the back, with french doors to the patio. Bedrooms are upstairs, and there are stairs to the roof deck and the large third floor bedroom. There are lots of nice touches, like built-ins, organized closets, a raised- hearth fireplace, heated floor in master bath and a wet bar on the roof deck.
Where: On the corner of South Charles and Hughes Street. Driving south on Light Street, there’s an easy-to-miss right turn just before crossing over Key Highway. Take that right, then a quick left onto South Charles, which runs parallel to Light Street for a mile or so down to 95. Number 722 is just at that left hand turn, a quiet intersection very conveniently located. Walk to all of Federal Hill, Locust Point, Inner Harbor, the stadiums. Easy access to I-95 — to DC and points north.
Why: In Fed Hill, two parking spots by your back door alone worth $500K.
Why Not: Lots of carpeting. Might be one of those ‘take off your shoes’ houses…
Would Suit: Landlord looking to rent to “young people.” Figure three, maybe four bedrooms at $1,000/mo. …
NB: The popular Otterbein Swim Club is just around the corner, although there’s a wait list till 2017.