Urban Legend: Mt. Vernon Townhouse With Rooftop Pool

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 Hot House: 831 Park Avenue, Baltimore, 21201

Historic Mt. Vernon townhouse, brick, Federal style, circa 1854, completely rennovated. Gourmet kitchen, media room, large rooftop deck, swimming pool. 5,339 sq. ft. with four bedrooms, four and a half baths, over three stories with unfinished basement: $1, 399,000

What:  A house that many have heard about but never actually seen. A pre-Civil War townhouse, beautifully restored, with rooftop pool, deck and lanai — for sale in the beating heart of Mount Vernon.  Imposing from the front, with long black shutters and wrought iron gates, clean and modern inside, with tall, tall ceilings, carved moldings and fireplaces, hardwood floors and no clutter. Local craftsmen were used to restore, and sometimes recreate plaster, woodwork and masonry in the historically prescribed manner. Large and beautiful rooms flow, open plan, back to the kitchen, with industrial stove, top appliances and a door opening on to a rear patio. Bedrooms are large, bathrooms are new. There’s a media room with a giant wall screen. But the main event is three flights up, where the entire top floor becomes an indoor and outdoor entertaining area — Baltimore summer as tropical paradise.  Separate garage, with two parking spaces, street parking seems pretty easy.  Zoned heating and central air.

Where: Park Avenue is a block west of Cathedral Street and Mt. Vernon Square. The 800 block of Park is especially pretty, with a church steeple, spring blooming trees and substantial and well-maintained townhouses, some with notable inhabitants.  The Grace and St. Peter’s School down the street, with its popular ‘after care’ option, as well as the Baltimore School for the Arts around the corner, make the house very feasible for family living. Mt. Vernon is an extremely tight knit and welcoming community, a place where people watch out for each other, in a good way. Nearby, an Italian market, several coffee shops, Akbar, Marie Louise, Milk and Honey Market and more make for good street life. Walk to the Walters and the Peabody, main Enoch Pratt library.

Why: Rooftop pool in the city checks all your boxes.

Why Not: If you’re going to live downtown, you might want to be closer to the action, Canton, Harbor East, etc.

Would Suit: Party people

NB: Long-range cameras could put you at risk of a Kate Middleton incident.

 

 



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