Real Estate & Home, Urban Landscape

Urban Landscape: Development, Demolition, Dog Parks and More

0 Written by: | Monday, May 23, 2016 11:38am


Franklin Lofts and Flats

Franklin Lofts and Flats

Baltimore’s newest apartment complex is Franklin Lofts and Flats, a $15 million, 41-unit rental project at 16-20 East Franklin Street and St. Paul Place, just north of the central business district.

Construction fencing has gone up, and preliminary construction is beginning on the conversion of two buildings in the Cathedral Hill National Register historic district. Read More →

Baltimore Writers Club, Culture

Baltimore Writer’s Club: Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall

2 Written by: | Monday, May 23, 2016 10:00am


An occasional series introducing new books from Baltimoreans

I really don’t know of any writer, living or dead, who fashions a funnier sentence than Jim Magruder, and I mean that in all seriousness. For many readers, the almost vertiginous hilarity of Magruder’s prose will be a source of unbridled pleasure while for aspiring literary comedians such as myself, that enjoyment must be mixed with venomous jealousy. Read More →

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend, Garden Show, How Does Your Garden Show?, Real Estate & Home, Roland Park

How Does Your Garden Show? A Roland Park Surprise

2 Written by: | Friday, May 20, 2016 11:00am



On a recent Sunday, I attended the 100th birthday celebration of a house on Elmwood Road in Roland Park. Although I’d been to the house before, I had not been there during the daytime since childhood. Read More →


How Pennsylvania Farmers Can Help the Chesapeake Bay Raise Its “C” Grade

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 19, 2016 2:12pm

"Thank you Maryland. I can see and breathe a bit better." A happier Maryland Blue Crab

“Thank you Maryland. I can see and breathe a bit better.” Signed, a happier Maryland Blue Crab

It’s report card time for The Chesapeake Bay, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science team gave the Bay a “C” score.  While a 53 percent isn’t generally a time for high-fives, this year’s score is the third highest since 1985, the year earnest Bay clean up efforts began.  This year’s score is pretty important because 2015 was a fairly normal rain year. Both 1992 and 2002 scores were higher because of severe droughts. 

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Featured, Hot House, Lafayette Square, Real Estate & Home

1868 Matthew Sellers Mansion Goes To Auction: ‘A History of Hate, Loneliness and Mystery’ … Interested?

1 Written by: | Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:15am

Hot House: 801 N. Arlington Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217


Second Empire Italianate-style mansion, circa 1868,  brick with slate mansard roof and two extended porticos. Three stories, 7,200 sq. ft. with 18 rooms, including formal living and dining rooms, multiple fireplaces, hardwood floors. House is in poor condition and requires total renovation. .1 acre lot: $10,000 (minimum bid)

Auction: Thursday, June 9 at 11 a.m., at the Radisson Hotel, Cross Keys. Contact for more information. Read More →

Featured, Real Estate & Home, Urban Landscape

Former Odell’s Nightclub Goes to Auction, Gunther & Co. Opening in Brewer’s Hill, Revisiting the Roland Park Bike Lane, and more

0 Written by: | Monday, May 16, 2016 10:00am


Odell’s nightclub on North Avenue used to have a slogan: “You know if you belong.”

Now, Odell’s itself may soon belong to someone else.

The Tudor-style building at 19-21 East North Avenue, built in 1905 and currently vacant, is going up for auction next month. The building will be sold to the highest bidder who offers above $10,000, and it doesn’t have to stay a nightclub.

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Featured, GreenLaurel, Inner Harbor

What You Need to Know About the Harbor’s ‘F’ in Water Quality

1 Written by: | Thursday, May 12, 2016 2:30pm

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 12.51.08 PMThe 2015 Healthy Harbor Report Card is out and it came as no surprise that the Inner Harbor’s water quality received a failing grade. Again. We recently outlined seven big ideas underway to reduce the Baltimore-area’s sewage, trash, and stormwater pollution that flows into the Inner Harbor. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s report card.

Blue Water Baltimore’s Executive Director Halle Van der Gaag summed it up the best at the report card’s unveiling, “It used to be lonely working to clean up our waterways; it felt as if it was just us. But since the 2010 launch of the Healthy Harbor Initiative, which  brought government, nonprofits, and the community together, the team has built in expertise, focus, finances and resolve. While we must ensure a lot of infrastructure work happens before 2020, we just may be swimming this harbor after all.”

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Featured, Hot House, Monkton, Real Estate & Home

In Monkton: An Architect-Designed, Barn-Style Contemporary With Sliding Walls

3 Written by: | Tuesday, May 10, 2016 11:50am

Hot House: 1910 Corbridge Lane, Monkton, MD 21111


Barn style contemporary, circa 1990 with moveable ‘curtain’ walls and geothermal heat and cooling. Designed by Baltimore architects Pam and Bill Parsons in stone, glass, wood and steel, with metal roof. Five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 4,602 sq. ft. over three stories. Open floor plan w/ 10′ ceilings on main level. Entrance foyer, great room, study, library, gourmet kitchen with custom cabinets and 14′ granite island, family room off kitchen. Master bedroom suite with wood burning fireplace. Four fireplaces in total. Double-paned windows and doors. Finished basement. Carport and greenhouse. Private 4 acre property overlooks trees and river: $1,199,999 Read More →

Featured, Real Estate & Home, Urban Landscape

New Apartments on Park Avenue, a Home for Robicelli’s, A Showroom for Baltimore Furniture Makers and more

0 Written by: | Monday, May 09, 2016 10:37am

Welcome to our new column Urban Landscape by former Baltimore Sun architecture critic Ed Gunts. Every week, Ed will compile smaller items he comes across in his reporting into Urban Landscapes to keep readers up on what’s what in Baltimore residential and commercial real estate.

500 Park Avenue - Aerial Overview

There hasn’t been a formal groundbreaking ceremony yet, but ground has been broken, and construction is underway on Baltimore’s newest apartment building at 500 Park Avenue. Read More →

GreenLaurel, Money & Power

6 Programs to Help Anyone Use Less Energy at Home

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:01pm

Energy efficiency is a smart financial move. Who pays you money to save money?

The question that I’m most often asked is: What can I do to live more sustainably? Check off 2 of the 3 ideas below, and cut your greenhouse emissions by 50 percent:

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