3000 Keswick Road, Hampden
4 bedroom(s), 3 bathroom(s)
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You may remember Thrillist from that extremely irritating “10 Reasons DC is So Much Better Than Baltimore” list. (Our rebuttal is here.) Now, a year after the fact, the website seems to have come around to Baltimore’s charms; according to Thrillist, Baltimore is one of “America’s Most Hipster Cities.”
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4436 Clydesdale Avenue, Medfield
3 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
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Hot House: Mill No. 1, 3000 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211
Repurposed brick cotton mill, circa 1873, with views over the Jones Falls. Eighty-four luxury apartments, 850-1,500 sq. ft. Studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms – some with lofts – and two 3 bedroom penthouses. Includes fitness center, infinity pool overlooking the river, two restaurants, office space, garage parking, building manager in residence: $1,200 to $3,000/mo.
What: David Tufaro’s team at Terra Nova Ventures has (mostly) completed its much-anticipated renovation of historic Mill No. 1, and it’s now open for business. One of several textile-producing mills built along the Jones Falls in the nineteenth century, Mill No.1 spans the river, two buildings connected by an enclosed bridge. A second, open ironwork bridge has been added. It’s a dramatic setting, and Tufaro, together with Ellicott City architects Alexander Design Studio (who designed the Roland Park Library addition) has taken full advantage of it. The design makes the most of every inch of river frontage. The restaurants, one of which is likely to be Donna’s, will have outdoor terraces above the Jones Falls. There’s a plan for an environmental classroom, to make use of the Falls as a teaching tool for school children. Residents have prime water views from public areas, including the infinity pool, as well as from many of the apartments. The river itself has been cleaned up and replanted for several hundred feet along the shoreline, with a $100,000 grant from Baltimore City –part of an effort to improve the Jones Falls basin. A great blue heron makes his home here.
Inside the factory, the industrial aesthetic as been nicely done and ‘locally sourced’. The old pine floors are polished, but scars and burns from factory equipment remain. Huge wooden beams crisscross the ceilings, and many of the wooden surfaces — shelving, countertops and furniture – have been crafted from heavy building timbers. Local artisans were used whenever possible. Each of the 84 apartments is a little different, because builders had to work around the iron support columns used in the factory. The quirkiness of the building includes some lovely architectural details — like the extra-deep window sills throughout. Although the apartments are not large considering the scale of the building, they feel luxurious, with dark woods and high grade finishes. There is a large and beautiful third floor common room, with a kitchen, farm tables and television, for larger gatherings. Currently the building is 60% leased and occupied, with tenants moving in ‘every day’.
Where: Mill No. 1 is on the west side of Falls Road, about a half mile south of Birroteca, across from the Mill Centre. There’s an entrance directly into the parking garage from Falls Road, and a driveway behind the building, accessed though a second entrance. A crosswalk across Falls Road will soon make it safer to take a stroll up Chestnut Street into Hampden. You can hear the waterfall through the trees, but tempting as it is to get out and hike the river, there are no walking trails here. Bicycle’s sweep down Falls Road, though — residents can and do bike to work downtown, and there’s also a trail entrance nearby at the Steiff Silver building on Wyman Park Drive. Your nearest grocery shopping here is at the 41st Street Giant, just 1. 2 miles away. The Avenue in Hampden is even closer.
Why: Historic charm. Industrial river valley makes for a unique setting. Not everyone wants to be in Canton.
Why Not: Parking has potential to be a problem. But you’ll have your free spot – why worry?
Would Suit: Young and fancy free – average age of the tenants is 34.
NB: Other than a great-looking sign on I83, Mill No. 1 is not doing much advertising. Information and photos are on their Facebook page.
Recently, Atomic Books, Hampden’s favorite alt-comics/outsider fiction/etc. shop, began serving alcohol. And now, to further secure their status as an indispensable Baltimore cultural hub, the store has become one of the first in the area to offer customers access to a futuristic 3-D printer. Read More →
Hot House: 4316 Grand View Avenue, Medfield, Baltimore, 21211
American Foursquare, wood frame, circa 1925, on .25 acre lot. 1,308 sq. ft., with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths over two and a half floors. Fully fenced yard and full, unfinished basement. Front porch with stone steps, original pine floors throughout, original pine finishes, renovated kitchen, garden shed, stone patio, two-car parking, central A/C: $325,000
What: An All-American. Influenced by the Prairie architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and sometimes referred to as the Prairie Box, this architectural style swept small towns of America in the post-Victorian era, roughly 1900 to 1930. The simple, boxy shape made it easy to assemble from mail-order house kits popular at the time, sold by Sears and other companies. Foursquares could be dressed up with gingerbread or bay windows, and executed in stucco or brick, as well as wood – but all have the distinguishing low roof angles, overhanging eves, front porch and a simple floor plan designed to provide roomy interiors on smaller city lots. Which this one does, nicely. Downstairs, a simple-but-spacious living room/dining room/kitchen configuration — the kitchen has granite countertops. There are three bedrooms upstairs — again, roomy, but there’s no master bath. Lovely, unpainted woodwork and Craftsman touches lift things up, style-wise. It’s been painted and decorated in a manner at once retro and hip, a great choice that puts the house in its best light. Read More →
Okay, try to follow our logic on this one. Over a decade ago, Atomic Books started and ran an annual night of music dedicated to reminding us that no matter what our nostalgic impulses said, the music of the 1980s was not really all that great (we beg to differ, but whatever). The event was called “I Hate the ’80s Night!” and featured, ironically, a line-up of local bands playing hits from the 1980s (no doubt proving how great that music really was—but again, whatever) . Well, after five years of hating on the 1980s, the good people of Atomic Books retired the night. After all, as they put it: “it’d be weird to spend a decade hating a decade.” Right. Haters gonna hate—but only for half the decade. Well, here we are, a whole millennium later, and the folks at Atomic Books have decided it’s time to remind us that our now well-worn nostalgia for the 1990’s is also misplaced. So what do we get? Kill Yr 90s Night!
North Carolina painter Hal Boyd stages his second painting exhibition at the Minás Gallery in Hampden starting tomorrow night at 7. The show runs through late November. Boyd, an abstract expressionist with a keen interest in psychoanalysis, philosophy, and literature, studied art and English in college, then worked for several decades as an advertising copywriter and ad agency head. I met him many years ago when I was living in San Antonio, Texas. Read More →
The Rotunda Facebook page – yes, there is a Rotunda Facebook page – has announced that the new grocery store at the Rotunda shopping center in Hampden will be MOM’s Organic Market. The 15,000 sq. ft. store, which is the model size for MOM’s, will replace the 33,000 sq. ft. store that the Giant left last year for their new digs on nearby 41st Street.
Hekemian & Company, the New Jersey based owners and redevelopers of the Rotunda, have planned an official groundbreaking ceremony at the mall today, Wednesday, September 18th, at 11am. Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to attend. The new plan for the mall development calls for 152,000 square feet of retail space, 379 apartments, and 140,000 square feet of office space, as well as a central plaza for outdoor events and festivals. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2015. As reported last month in Baltimore Fishbowl, Bozzuto Construction Company will be the general contractor for the $100,000 million project.
So why MOM’s? According to Hekemian Senior Vice-President of Development Chris Bell, speaking to the Baltimore Sun, one of the other leading candidates was Graul’s, which was perceived as “not that different than the Giant, and not as unique as MOM’s”. The other candidate, Fresh Market, “did not appear to do the volume of business that MOM’s does”. “MOM’s brings something uniquely new to the (city) market”, continued Bell. “It’s much more like a Trader Joes. Their stores typically do a very high volume. The customers come back and back and back”. Pointing to the increasing numbers of young people in the Hampden area, he suggested that as people become more conscious of what they eat, MOM’s would be well able to accommodate that need. Read More →
Courtesy Bmore Media--MOM’s Organic Market says it will open a store at The Rotunda, ending months of speculation surrounding which grocer will anchor the $100 million redevelopment of the retail, office and residential project in Hampden.
The Rockville-based company will open a 15,000-square-foot shop, its eighth in Maryland and third in Greater Baltimore. It has stores in Timonium and Columbia. The Rotunda store will be MOM’s first in Baltimore City.
“I really like where [the Rotunda] is located,” MOM’s founder Scott Nash says. “It’s close to I-83. The parking is good. We’re pretty excited about it.”
MOM’s will replace Giant grocery store, which moved less than two blocks away last year to the Greenspring Tower Shopping Center. It’s unclear, however, when MOM’s will open. The first new retail shops at the Rotunda will open in 18 to 20 months, but Chris Bell, senior vice president of developer Hekemian & Co. Inc., says he is not sure whether MOM’s or what other retailers will be among them.
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