Hot House: 1220 Bank Street #102, Baltimore, MD 21202
Luxury industrial style loft condo, circa 2005, in historic building, circa 1881. Brick exterior with interior walls of exposed brick and concrete. 18’ ceilings. 1,599 sq. ft. with 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, spa master bath. Private rear patio. Parking, w/ direct access to condo from garage: $569,999 * (see NB)
What: The Canal Street Malt house takes up a full block in what’s left of Little Italy, just north of Harbor East. It was actually a brewer’s malt warehouse back in the day, when Central Avenue was called Canal Street because a water channel (now underground) ran straight down the middle. Two new wings were added when the malt house became luxury condominiums back in 2005, but happily, this loft is in the original building and retains some nice details and an industrial feel. It’s an impressive space, with soaring ceilings perfect for large-scale art work, tall south-facing windows, vertical iron beams and exposed piping. The floors command attention too – wide plank Brazilian cherry, cork upstairs, textured marble in the bathrooms. (The art and much of the furniture, including an amazing clear blue acrylic table designed by Elizabeth Paige Smith, is for sale.) Interior has open floor plan, with sleek kitchen overlooking the larger living space. Metal staircase rises to the loft master bedroom, which has custom designed built-ins, walk in closets, dressing area and spa bath with separate shower. Downstairs again, the back patio off the main space is private. A gate leads to central courtyard garden. Condo fees are $302/month, includes maintenance, sewer, snow and trash removal, water. Read More →
As you may have heard, Baltimore is having a pretty crime-y summer. In circumstances like these, it’s hard to fault anyone for wanting a little more protection. But are private security patrols – like those hired or considering being hired by Charles Village, Little Italy, and Highlandtown — a good idea?
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The simple pleasure of a cold Natty Boh is undeniable. However, it is important to mix things up every now and again for the sake of keeping an open mind and exposing yourself to new things. In a pinch, you could grab something that looks exciting at The Wine Source, or maybe try something seasonal from Brewer’s. But how is one supposed to truly learn about good beer versus bad beer, quality craft versus generic, watery, low-calorie beer-like substances? You need both exposure, and someone to lead you down the path to Beer Enlightenment.
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If you asked me to name the most blatantly lawless group on the roadways in Waverly and Station North, I’d say it was the scooter and four-wheeler riding, wheeling popping “go-gangs,” speeding through red lights in groups sometimes forty riders deep.
But apparently, in the restaurant-ridden neighborhoods of Fells Point and Little Italy the vehicular scourge is valet parking. While some valet services are well-insured and rent offstreet parking lots, others in the neighborhoods forego insurance and park on the street (some even setting up rogue orange cones) to lower overhead. And in the process, they’ve made enemies out of the resident-motorists who, you know, actually live there.
The city council is considering legislation to regulate valet services, requiring them, for example, to park off street, carry insurance. Their drivers would also have eligibility requirements (like having a valid driver’s license).
The bill will likely pass. Only one city council member is not a full-on co-sponsor of the bill, and even she says she’s “favorably inclined” toward it.
I invite our Fells Point and Little Italy readers (and whomever else, I guess) to weigh in. Is on-street valet parking a thorn in your side?
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