HOT HOUSE: 3720 Hickory Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21211

Stone and brick former warehouse building, circa 1900, 3,800 sq. ft., renovated, with open floor plan and second floor loft.  Three bedrooms, two and a half baths, parking pad: $424,900

What:  Old stone warehouse, nicely, but simply rehabbed, very livable, in an interesting location that is at once urban and off the grid. Current owners are musicians and former band members, who were told that “it was once a tombstone warehouse.”  An enclosed entrance off the alley has wrought iron gates and adds a club-like charm. Windows are tiny and made partly of glass brick, so it’s amazing that the interior is light and bright (skylight in roof). Downstairs interior space feels huge, with hardwood floors and a wide open floor plan featuring foyer, den, a good sized galley kitchen and main living area,  46’x25’ in size. There’s also a bedroom downstairs that could easily resume life as a garage. The ceiling beams are exposed and a copper duct, which may be the A/C (owner not sure) snakes along just under the roof – creating an authentic industrial feel. An original warehouse sign painted on the far wall reads “Hampden Storage Transfer.” Kitchen and bathroom fixtures are basic Home Depot quality, but bright and new.

Where: Not actually on Hickory Avenue. Number 3720 is on the alley behind Hickory Avenue, which runs between Falls Road and Roland Avenue in Hampden, and it’s a bit hard to find for a place so centrally located. Heading south into Hampden on Roland Avenue, take a right onto 38th street, just after Good Shepard Church. Cross over Hickory Avenue, and take a left into the unnamed alley just before Falls Road. 3720 is about halfway down the alley, on the left. Easy walk to the Avenue, McCabe’s on Falls Road could be your local.

 Would Suit:  Rock/hip hop band w/ groupies, girlfriends —laying low in Baltimore between tours. Alternately, successful entrepreneurs, young and hip enough for all that Hampden is, and all that Hampden means.

Why: Completely unique, undeniably cool

Why Not: No garage, no lawn, no gourmet kitchen…come on it ain’t Ruxton.

NB:  Noise comes up from Falls Road, but inside, it’s quiet.

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