Condo living with all the bells and whistles

home of the week

November 02, 2008|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,

The view from the windows that line the living and dining areas of John and Sue Hochstein's Fells Point condo shows many facets of Baltimore's harbor. Boats bob in slips a glance down from their home, and the Downtown Sailing Club is across the water. Water taxis and tugboats go by, and a big "sugar ship" is outside Domino Sugar.

"It's always fun to get up in the morning and look out," Sue Hochstein said, adding that sometimes the scene includes visiting foreign vessels.

After moving in four years ago, the couple took down a corner wall that partially enclosed the kitchen. That opened the room up not only to the living and dining areas, but to the harbor scene as well.

"It's a killer view," she said.

Their patio opens to the green courtyard, which is the roof of the parking garage.

About the house : The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is on the third floor of Belt's Landing, a midrise building that's almost 20 years old. French doors in the living room open onto the patio.

The Hochsteins have updated and remodeled their home. In the living room and second bedroom they've added wall units with open bookshelves on top and closed storage below. They created a home office in the space that used to be a powder room.

They removed part of the wall between the bedrooms in favor of doors, to turn the second bedroom into a combination guest room and sitting room off the master suite.

Two garage parking spaces and additional storage, as well as use of a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, come with the unit.

Address: 960 Fell St., #312, Baltimore, 21231

Asking price : $695,000

Taxes: $9,012, plus condo fee of $630 a month.

Size: 1,619 square feet

Features: The renovated kitchen, with upgraded stainless-steel appliances, retains a black nonskid rubber floor; the couple matched additional granite to existing black granite counters. The backsplash is made of tiles from a variety of stones. New kitchen cabinet doors are cherry, matching the floors in the living, dining and entry areas.

The master suite includes two large closets, one a walk-in, outfitted to maximize storage. The bathroom features a deep soaking tub in addition to a separate shower.

The second bathroom, with an oversize shower, has limestone tiles and a marble vanity.

Listing agent : David Martz, Long & Foster Real Estate, Fells Point, 410-669-0001

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