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Top Stories: Kevin Spacey’s Manager Buys Inner Harbor Condo, State Authorizes Big Expenses to Cover Metallica Show, Woodland-Bordered Victorian for Sale in Mount Washington

0 Written by: | Friday, May 19, 2017 5:15pm

Out top story this week was the subject (and result) of much speculation: Who bought that $6.25 million Inner Harbor condo at 622 Ponte Villas North this past February?

Speaking with local real estate agents and others with knowledge of the transaction, Ed Gunts got word that actor Kevin Spacey, known most recently for his starring role as Frank Underwood on “House of Cards,” had purchased the property.

Those sources were close. It was actually Spacey’s manager, Evan Lowenstein, who reportedly bought the property. A search of local tax records also revealed the purchase price was $5.65 million – lower than previously reported – and that Lowestein had bought it undercover by putting a company dubbed Clear Toaster LLC on the deed.

This doesn’t mean Spacey won’t be appearing around the harbor, though. As we wrote:

It’s not uncommon for talent managers and agents to purchase properties for famous clients, as noted previously by real estate site Zillow and The New York Times.

Here were the other most popular stories on the Fishbowl this week:

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Featured, Money & Power, Real Estate & Home

Kevin Spacey’s Manager Bought Expensive Inner Harbor Pier Home

1 Written by: | Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:54pm

Photo via Marks, Thomas Architects

Actor Kevin Spacey’s manager, not Spacey himself, was the buyer of a high-priced Inner Harbor pier home that sold earlier this year.

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Featured, Inner Harbor, Money & Power, Real Estate & Home, Urban Landscape

Urban Landscape: Kevin Spacey Identified as Buyer of $5.65 Million Inner Harbor Pier Home; Demolition in Mount Vernon; Baltimore Clayworks Agrees to ‘Dialogue’ with Opponents

3 Written by: | Monday, May 15, 2017 4:12pm

Kevin Spacey at the Berlin Film Festival in 2011. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Actor Kevin Spacey has been identified as the mystery buyer of the $5.65 million Pier Home at Harborview that sold earlier this year, according to local real estate agents and others familiar with the transaction.

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Culture, Featured

Harford County Gas Station Gets New Life as ‘House of Cards’ Set

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 9:45am

Before. Image via Google Street View.

Before. Image via Google Street View.

A neglected corner of Routes 136 and 22 in Churchville was dressed up to serve as a House of Cards set on Monday. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

‘House of Cards’ Settles for Less, Agrees to Stay

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 28, 2014 8:45am

House of Cards settles for less

When House of Cards producers sent a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch demanding an unspecified increase in tax incentives to keep the Netflix series filming in Maryland, it caused a minor tumult. The state Senate generally favored appeasement (even if it meant sacrificing state arts funding), while the House of Delegates preferred to punish the producers for the threatening letter and even to threaten them back with a very creative invocation of eminent domain.

The Wire creator David Simon voiced his support for the incentive increase. Our own Rachel Monroe suggested writing off House of Cards altogether and throwing all the money at the much less primadonna-y Veep. In the end, the House and Senate couldn’t agree on the bizarre eminent domain amendment, and the incentive shrank from a maximum of $18.5 million to a maximum of $15 million. And we were left wondering if it would satisfy the ransom. Read More →


Money & Power

House and Senate Couldn’t Agree on ‘House of Cards’ Tax Credit

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 9:53am

Opening of the State of Maryland legislature Annapolis, Md

Uh oh. It looks like Maryland’s 2014 legislative session ended without an agreement between the House and Senate on a tax credit to keep the House of Cards production in Maryland. When push came to shove, negotiations between the two chambers stalled out on the issue of invoking eminent domain to seize the property of film and television productions that leave the state. The House refuse to remove the Frank Underwood-worthy language, while the Senate refused to accept it. Read More →

Culture, Featured, Money & Power

Md. Arts Money Will Pay for ‘House of Cards’ Tax Credits

0 Written by: | Monday, Apr 07, 2014 8:45am


The General Assembly acquiesced to Media Rights Capital’s demand for millions more in tax credits to keep the production company shooting Netflix series House of Cards in Maryland (without that crazy amendment). And to help fund them, state lawmakers have agreed to divert up to $2.5 million from the Special Fund for the Preservation of Cultural Arts, intended for Maryland arts organizations.

The General Assembly justified the rerouting of funds by citing the economic impact of the House of Cards production, judged at $250 million and 6,000 jobs over the past two seasons. Del. Frank S. Turner points out that the money is still funding the arts. Read More →

Culture, Featured

Md. State House Stars as U.S. Senate in ‘House of Cards’

0 Written by: | Monday, Feb 17, 2014 10:15am

Online-House_of_Cards-0b7c5Oh Maryland House of Delegates chamber, I knew you when!

In the third episode of the new season of House of Cards ( all episodes of which were released to Netflix Instant at once on February 14) the room where Maryland’s delegates hem and haw over difficult issues before finally passing whatever bill Gov. Martin O’Malley has asked them to pass makes an appearance about 35 minutes in.

But you may not recognize it! According to the Washington Post, the chamber was done up with “fake marble around the dais and more ornate doors” for the scene, which was filmed over two days in June. Read More →

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Baltimore Picks Up D.C.’s Slack with Last-Minute ‘House of Cards’ Shoot

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 26, 2013 10:00am


Recently, much has been made of the differences between Baltimore and a certain stateless city 40 miles southwest. Some of those differences are legitimate, some only imagined. Well, here’s a pretty stark contrast for you. After D.C. police reneged on the permit for a presidential motorcade shoot for Netflix’s House of Cards the day of, the Baltimore Film Office relocated the shoot to Charm City with little to no red tape involvedRead More →

Culture, Featured, Hampden

Hampden’s Golden West Makes It onto “House of Cards” Shoot

0 Written by: | Wednesday, May 08, 2013 12:51pm

The Golden West Cafe all dressed up on the Avenue in Hampden

The Golden West Cafe all dressed up on the Avenue in Hampden. Photo via Mend Community Acupuncture.

The Netflix original series House of Cards can be hard for a Baltimorean to watch. The locations are so obviously Charm City that it’s easy to forget the show takes place in D.C. And it looks like we can count on another uncanny viewing experience soon, as quintessential Hampden haunt Golden West Cafe apparently played the role of “4th Street Cafe” in a shoot for the series last Wednesday. Read More →

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