Skyline, water views a treat in city condo

Desirable Spaces

May 04, 2008|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,Sun Reporter

For homeowner Michael G. Curry, it was the beautiful city views that drew him to trade a 40-room Guilford mansion for a three-bedroom condominium in HarborView Tower.

"No matter where you are in the unit, you see the skyline, you see the water -- even in the master bath," says Curry, who purchased the unit about five years ago and has completely renovated it from top to bottom, removing walls to better configure the space.

The condo, one of the few three-bedroom models available at HarborView, has an open floor plan with multiple rooms offering city and Inner Harbor views, including the living area, the dining room and the master bedroom.

Curry worked with an interior designer to update the property but was very involved in defining the condo's style.

"I wanted everything to flow and be together," says Curry, a co-owner of the Morgan Gerard Salon and Spa in Annapolis.

Curry also has homes in Florida and New York and travels often, which leaves less time for the Baltimore condo. "My car was spending more time parked at BWI than at [home]."

About the house --HarborView Tower was built in 1994 and has nearly 250 units. Curry's condo was refurbished three years ago.

The unit is softly carpeted in most areas; it also has tile in the bathrooms and granite in the foyer. All of the closets have been upgraded to California Closets in a variety of styles. A guest-room closet actually holds a desk configuration with built-ins. A foyer closet has cubbies for storing wine. The master bedroom closet is styled with built-ins and drawers. "I wanted closets that acted as furniture," Curry says. "It's nice not to have dressers or ... nightstands."

Address --100 HarborView Drive, Unit 809, Baltimore 21230

Asking price --$1,275,000

Taxes --$14,000

Condo fee --$1,100 per month

Size --The house is about 2,200 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.

Features --A new kitchen is a centerpiece of the remodel, featuring birch cabinets, blue-black granite countertops, stainless appliances, a wine cooler and maple floors. Another element of the kitchen redo includes a mirrored backsplash that doubles as recessed, hidden storage for spices, small appliances or other gadgets.

A wooden coffered ceiling in the dining room ties into the kitchen and also defines the space. The master suite has a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Balconies offer seating, as well as city and water views.

The condo includes three parking spaces with enough room for four cars.

The amenities available to residents of HarborView Tower are like those in a fine hotel. There is a front desk, a card room and a large party room available for use by residents. Other features include an indoor lap pool, as well as outdoor pools. A multiroom area for workouts offers plenty of equipment plus a yoga studio.

Listing agent --Betty Lynott, Hubble Bisbee Real Estate Group of Coldwell Banker, Lutherville, 410-821-1700.

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