Guilford condo is open and modern

Desirable Spaces

December 23, 2007|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,sun reporter

Take everything you know or think you know about condos and throw it out the window, because this space is not like any of the others.

It's clean and modern and spacious.

And it has only two bedrooms.

"It has a sense of openness," says Yasmin Dolan, the Coldwell Banker Realtor listing the property at the Warrington in the Guilford neighborhood in Baltimore. "Totally contemporary."

Owners Albert Aaron and Myrna Kaplan say credit for any fabulousness goes to California interior designer and architectural guru Sam Cardella, who oversaw a complete renovation of the unit last year.

Cardella's work has been featured in several design magazines, including Architectural Digest.

His focus here seems to have been to create a classic modern space. From the smooth enameled kitchen cabinets to the Wenge wood built-ins and leather-tipped door handles, the unit's appeal is its easy flow and its elegant details.

"There's a place for everything," Dolan says, opening a built-in to reveal a complex audio-visual network that controls things such as the TVs and the lighting.

The owners plan to move to a larger unit in the same building.

About this condominium --The unit is located in a building that dates to the 1920s. The condo has high ceilings throughout and a variety of custom built-in styles. A "fire art" fireplace provides the attraction in the living/dining space. The master bedroom's leather platform bed -- built to fit -- will stay with the property. The second bedroom is being used as an office. Mirrored walls and satiny wallpaper coverings give a sheen to walls throughout. Pocket doors keep lines clean and help create the openness of the space.

Address --3908 N. Charles St., Unit 502, Baltimore, 21218

Asking price --$795,000

Condo fee --$1,120.39 monthly

Taxes --$7,140

Size --1,849 square feet

Features --The large kitchen has professional appliances, including a Wolf range with hidden control panels, marble counters and cabinets with stainless-steel roll-out drawers. A separate laundry room has cabinets and built-ins. The centerpiece of the master bedroom is a zebra wood built-in with drawers and a place for a wide-screen TV. There are his-and-hers dressing suites and customized closets. The master bathroom has marble counters and a "steeping" tub. A doorman, elevator and valet parking are provided at the Warrington. The building has an exercise room, as well as a wine cellar available for residents to use to store their favorite vintages.

Listing agent --Yasmin Dolan, Coldwell Banker, 410-375-0087 or 410-235-4100

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send color high-resolution photos with caption information on a CD and a detailed description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Questions may be sent to

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