Sleek kitchen, deck highlight rowhouse

Desirable Spaces

May 18, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun reporter

With a brick exterior and white marble steps, the Federal Hill rowhouse of architect Jiyun Park and Dr. Eli Perencevich looks like the epitome of historic Baltimore.

But inside, the house blends the old and the new. Traditional wood plank floors are underfoot throughout, and the master bedroom features an exposed brick wall. The kitchen is sleek, modern and airy; the home is warmed by tinted walls that are brightened by light streaming in.

"The kitchen and the deck are probably the most enjoyed features of the house," Park said.

Long and narrow, the kitchen is lined on both sides with black granite countertops that make it a spacious place to cook. The tiered rooftop deck, with an airy gazebo, offers enviable views of the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill Park and the city skyline.

The couple have been torn about moving - they love the living room fireplace on cold days and the deck on warm ones - but want more outdoor play space for their children.

About the house --The house was built in 1880 and later enlarged.

Though they have lived there less than two years, the couple made several improvements, including the addition of a first-floor powder room with a transom-style window to bring in light from the foyer. Upgrading the heating and cooling systems, they hid a new return vent from the third floor behind a mirror. New appliances are energy-efficient.

Upstairs, they turned what was a master bedroom suite into two bedrooms for their children and built a closet into what's now the master bedroom. They removed built-in furniture from the third floor, opening that area for a home office, playroom and guest room.

Address --816 William St., Baltimore 21230

Asking price --$649,000

Taxes --$9,753

Size --The house has nearly 2,000 square feet of living space and sits on a 1,134-square-foot lot.

Features --The kitchen's space efficiencies come from cabinetry outfitted with spice racks and a pantry, and a cooktop with a vent fan that pops up when in use. Its airy feeling comes from 8-foot-tall French doors that open to a small rear patio, and two cabinets that are glass in the front and back for natural light.

The three-bedroom, two-and-one-half bathroom house has two fireplaces.

The basement is unfinished.

Listing agent --Cindy Conklin, 410-727-0606, Yerman, Witman, Gaines and Garceau.

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send photos and a 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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