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The Colorful Homes of Historic Charles Village, Baltimore, MD 21218
Marjorie Goodman, Baltimore City Living Expert

The Colorful Homes of Historic Charles Village in Baltimore, MD 21218:

A fantastic house just came on the market in this highly desirable block. It is not my listing, but I still want to share it with the immediate world.  This is one of the grand dames, though it doesn't look like it from the outside, necessarily. Colorful House of Historic Charles Village It is reminiscent of the Haight Asbury area of San Francisco, near the Painted Ladies. 



Once a building with several units, it has lovingly been restored to a single-family home with 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, offered at $ 549,500. It has the historic details --fabulous bay window, 5 gorgeous fireplace mantels,

Beautiful inlaid wood floors 

beautiful inlaid wood floors, lovely crown moulding, dramatic staircase.  


It has totally been updated into a warm, sophisticated, handsome, and modern Victorian.  I would LOVE to live in this house!  The kitchen is amazing. But the master bath is what really stole my heart! It's hard to tell from the picture, but it is a French-feeling black and white and bright red room that exudes the best feeling any room can give!


And the backyard with a bluestone slate patio uder the pergola--well that just takes it right over the top! And there is a great 2-car garage as well.

What a backyard!

So, what kind of neighborhood is Historic Charles Village with the colorful houses?  It is alive! It is on a very important street that goes all the way from Baltimore Harborplace all the way up to the stately homes of Guilford around Johns Hopkins University. It is diverse and has a strong sense of community.  It is part of the cultural scene that includes the Baltimore Museum of Art  and borders the  newly emerging Station North Arts District. Perhaps best of all for commuting Washington DC workers, it is just footsteps to Penn Station, where the MARC train can be picked up!!

So, come on, you DC people! The ones who can't afford those multi-million dollar Victorians in DC! Check out this similar one and other fabulous Baltimore homes and neighborhoods.  I am the Baltimore Ambassador and would love to help you find your home here! 

Get in touch with me to help you find the affordable, wonderful home of your dreams! I know Baltimore! Let me show you...the Colorful Homes of Historic Charles Village.




Marjorie Goodman

Baltimore City Living Expert


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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Baltimore's North Calvert Green is Afforadable and Amazing
Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor (Guerilla Realty)


Baltimore’s North Calvert Green is affordable and amazing. Buy into Baltimore with limited funds for your down payment and closing costs at the North Calvert Green townhomes in Baltimore’s Old Goucher Historic District. Last weekend I was able to tour an available property during an open house.


                               North Calvert Green on Guilford Ave


North Calvert Green townhomes are located in midtown Baltimore primarily between Calvert St and Barclay St on the east-west access running from 22nd Street to 24th Street on the north-south access. This location is walking distance from Baltimore’s Amtrak Penn Station and Station North Arts District to the south and Charles Village to the north.



North Calvert Green Guilford Ave Baltimore backyard


Priced from $199,000 to $249,000, these homes have been positioned in the market with every possible financial incentive to make the dream of owning an investment worthy home a reality for buyers shopping with NSP2 Income Limits (which is the Federal Department of Housing Neighborhood Stabilization Program) You may be surprised to learn what qualifies as "limited income", I'm told a single household income of $71,000 would qualify.


                                    North Calvert Green Baltimore Bedroom


These homes have been beautifully renovated top to bottom; this photo shows new energy efficient windows and gleaming hardwood floors. The Baltimore City commission for historical and architectural preservation (CHAP) has given the North Calvert Green project a 10 year, 100% property tax credit on the increased value of these newly renovated homes due to eligibility improvements. This means that your property taxes will be minimized for the first 10 years of ownership, and this tax credit transfers to a new owner should you sell the house during this period.

Calvert Street Park Baltimore MD

What could be nicer than looking out of your windows onto a newly renovated park that serves as a cheery place to get some fresh air and sunshine? The Calvert Street park is a central feature of North Calvert Green.

North Calvert Green Baltimore Kitchen

I was able to chat with the senior project manager, the Prudential Homesale YWGC sales team, and some of the new residents who had already purchased homes and moved into the area. We gathered in this gleaming kitchen and discussed the numerous property features. The majority of the row homes have interior designs that feature three bedrooms and a den. The property I toured had three full bathrooms. These homes are built to last; energy efficient and energy star certified. Take a look at these top of the line washer and dryers that were installed in the master bedroom.

                               North Calvert Green Baltimore Washer Dryer

Baltimore's North Calvert Green is affordable and amazing. Their affordability partly relies upon would-be home-buyers collecting and stacking Baltimore Home Ownership Incentives, to read more about these incentives click here.

The sales team has provided two illustrations of how a North Calvert Green property purchased for $201,555 can qualify for an estimated montly payment of $785.66 (with a 20% downpayment using a conventional loan) or $1,115.62 (with a 3.5% down payment using an FHA loan). These estimates are provided courtesey of Mortgage Master, Inc. To arrive at those figures they applied the healthy neighborhoods closing cost assistance, buying in to Baltimore tour coupon, and vacants to value grant. 

Find the financing part of this project daunting? Leave the leg work up to your real estate agent. If you have not purchased a home before, you should know that in most cases you can be represented by your own real estate agent, a buyers agent,  at no additional cost to you.

Baltimore's North Calvert Green is affordable and amazing. These centrally located historic townhomes have been beautifully renovated without losing their historic charm. I'd be impressed with this project on this merrit alone. Combine that with a 10 year historic property tax credit and the availablity of numerous  grants and incentives and you have a real winner.

Want to see these homes first hand? Get in touch, I'll be glad to show you the way to homeownership. You can build equity in a beautiful home for a monthly rate that's probably cheaper than the sky high rent you are currently paying.

Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

443.841.5916 direct /




Rainbow Over Baltimore
Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor (Guerilla Realty)


Weather in the Mid-Atlantic has been peculiar this year. My favorite episode was  earlier this month when we had a rainbow over Baltimore.  A slow moving rainstorm hit around 6pm. Around dusk the light looks perfect on the federal red brick fascades. Its a great time of day to photograph urban buildings. On this special evening we were treated with a rainbow that was vibrant and memorable.

Rainbow over Baltimore MD

This photo was taken 3.5 miles north of the Inner Harbor from the University One Condominium in Charles Village. Thanks to social media suddenly a lot of us Charm City natives were out snapping dramatic pictures of the rainbow and sharing it with friends. Here is a picture taken from the Station North neighborhood looking north by my friend Eddie Winter.

                Baltimore rainbow photo by Eddie Winter

Just how peculiar has the weather been? Well our spring real estate market got off to a bang this year in February when the average temperature was around 60 degrees. It doesn't officially count as weather, but last summer we had an earthquake. Today as I write this blog post it's 109 degrees! Seriously.

The rainbow over Baltimore is a metaphor for how I feel about this town. Sometimes its a bit dark and stormy but the sheer beauty that you can find makes it all worthwhile. What's at the end of the rainbow? Turns out it's my beloved Baltimore.

Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

443.841.5916 direct /




University One Condominium in Baltimore Maryland
Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor (Guerilla Realty)


University One Condominium in Baltimore Maryland is located walking distance from the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Built in 1965, the 15-story building offers condo apartments that range from studio to oversize two bedroom units. The neighborhood amenities for this property make it a great choice for anyone who wants to live in a secure urban location without needing a car.


                             University One condo sign


Five units have sold at University One in the last two years including;

  •  March 2011 a 550 sq. ft. studio on the third floor for $70,000
  •  January 2011 a 1150 sq. ft. 2 BD 2 BA unit on the 6th floor for $121,000
  •  May 2011a 891 sq. ft. 1 BD 1 BA unit on the 4th floor for $102,500
  •  July 2011 a 1307 sq. ft 2 BD 2 BA unit on the 6th floor for $126,000
  • November 2012 a 2,150 3BD 2 BA penthouse unit sold for $300,000

University One Condos Baltimore Maryland

Rentals at University One usually coordinate with the academic year. There is currently a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom unit for rent on the third floor for $1,875 which includes all utilities. Not every rental offering is formally listed in the multiple list, many are by word of mouth or directly through the condo website (which is a tad unreliable but the management is making efforts to improve this feature).

University One entrance Baltimore Maryland

The secure entrance includes a lobby that is staffed 24 hours a day. All visitors have to sign in to gain admission to the building. Residents are issued fobs to open secure doors. The front desk staff takes great care to greet everyone and manage package deliveries. There is never any trouble having something delivered to this building.


Roof top pool at University One Baltimore MD


From Memorial Day through Labor Day University One has a chic roof-top pool that's a great place to relax. Its a small pool for sure but the staff keep it very tidy and fresh. The building also has an exercise room near the pool and a common room on the 1st floor that can be reserved for larger gatherings. Here is a view from the roof deck that nicely illustrates the proximity to Johns Hopkins Homewood campus - you're looking out over the baseball and lacrosse fields.


View of Johns Hopkins baseball field Baltimore MD

The make-up of the building has changed over time. It used to be geared towards primary residents and it now has a lot of investor owners that rent their units to Hopkins students. Not every building in the neighborhood has the tolerance for students that this one does. At times it can feel like we are an unofficial dorm for Johns Hopkins University. I must say this is one of the best things about this building, I meet people from all over the world who have come to Baltimore for JHU. Its also fair to say that most of the students are quiet as there is a lot of serious studying going on. There are also a number of medical residents who reside in this building. Hopkins campus security has a strong presence at University One.

Hopkins Homewood Campus Gate

It is a short walk to Hopkins campus from Univeristy One Condominium. We are located at the top of the Charles Village neighborhood and across the street from the famed Guilford neighborhood. You can walk out the front door and get to Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Bank of America, and a host of inexpensive places to grab a meal. My favorite neighborhood location is The Baltimore Museum of Art, I go there most weekends (admission is free!).

View of downtown Baltimore from University One

The best units at University One face south and offer a beautiful view of the Baltimore skyline. You can even see the water in the Inner Harbor. This photo is not especially doing it justice, it is something you have to see for yourself. At nighttime the lights sparkle and make the view extra special.

JHMI Shuttle stop at University One

The JHMI Shuttle stop is in front of the building at University One. For the Hopkins community this is a private bus serive that will take you to Penn Station, Mt. Vernon Peabody campus (the music school) and beyond. It is easy to hail a taxi cab in this location. Best of all while there is some garage parking for vehicles there is an abundance of Zipcars along University Parkway, so if you need access to a car from time to time they are waiting for you outside your front door.

                            Zip Cars on University Pkwy in Baltimore MD

Monthly condo fees include all utilities, they are on the high-side but its best to keep in mind that you are getting a lot of community benefits in this location. Most condominiums this age in Baltimore have monthly charges in this range. Property taxes are $2.21 for every $100 of assessed value in Baltimore City.

While so many benefits of living at University One Condominium in Baltimore Maryland are geared towards the Hopkins community, you don't need to be afiliated with Hopkins to love this location. The units have remained affordable all these years and that has constantly attracted people who want to live in the city without breaking the bank.





Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

443.841.5916 direct /




An Afternoon of Broker Price Opinions in Charles Village
Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor (Guerilla Realty)


This afternoon I went on two Broker Price Opinions in Charles Village in the good company of my fellow agents. It was our task to carefully tour the properties, review the comparable sales data, and offer feedback in writing that could be shared with the owners who are getting ready to list their properties for sale. On my way from the first property to the second I took this picture on one of the more quiet blocks;

26th Street between St. Paul St. and Charles St. Doesn't the color of the buildings look magical?

 26th St Charles Village


 Broker Price Opinions are an invaluable tool a savvy agent will use to gauge the marketplace in a preliminary fashion. By inviting a wide range of agents, you'll get feedback that will be indicative of a wide variety of buyers. The owners of the two properties I toured this afternoon had already hired their agents of choice, however, I have seen seasoned agents use a BPO (Broker Price Opinion) strategy when they are competing to get the listing. I like Broker Price Opinions because its a chance to preview a listing before it is made public and frankly if I see a potential adverse issue that may affect the sale of the house, its a good chance to bring this to the sellers attention well in advance of any negotiation.

                 Calvert St Charles Village

My sticking issue with the first property was curb appeal. It had a spacious front porch, yet the porch light was dismal and the ceiling could use a coat of paint. I also suggested that they stage the backyard because it was showing as nothing more than a concrete slab. If you are going to sell in May, I want your backyard (if possible) to look like a place I might consider having Memorial Day BBQ. Would you believe behind this brick and concrete fascade there are secret gardens?

Curb appeal really matters in Charles Village, as it is a neighborhood that is famous for its "Painted Ladies". Here is a previous blog post I've written on the subject

The second agent asked us for two price reccomendations; standard price and "drama price". Drama Price? What does that mean?

"Drama Price" she explained, is the price at which there are "15 showings in the first week and multiple offers". Another agent added: "it is also the price that will make the seller wince."

Not a bad question to ask. Since the seller is going to get 10-15 "drama price" suggestions from a wide range of agents, I think it could make a lot of sense to take the average of those numbers and take that figure very seriously.


Just like these mushrooms I spotted as I walked to my car, new Charles Village listings will be seemingly cropping up overnight. The sellers who want to sell the most will sell first.

Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

443.841.5916 direct /




Got Milk?
Ron Trzcinski (Century 21, The Real Estate Centre)

Got Milk?

Has your grocery bill been going up?  Have you been wondering who has been eating and drinking all of the food?

It looks like this thirsty young feline has already downed more than a half a gallon of milk.

Save some for the rest of us.


Baltimore's Charles Village Victorian "Painted Ladies"
Rachel Rabinowitz, The Baltimore Realtor (Guerilla Realty)


Allow me to share with you a bit of Baltimore neighborhood eye candy; here are some wonderful examples of Charles Village “Painted Ladies” that I captured on my walk this morning.





Charles Village is a dynamic neighborhood in Baltimore City that is home to Johns Hopkins University. Many of the streets are graced with Victorian row homes.  




The Charles Village Community Foundation is sponsoring a 2011 “Painted Ladies” of Greater Charles Village House Painting Contest. The contest is open to property owners, residents, landlords, or business owners. Eligible structures must be located within the Charles Village Community Benefits District. For a map of the district go to  






Only external paint projects that contain three or more building surface colors will be considered. Ace Hardware in nearby Waverly is offering a 10% discount on Ace Brand Paint. The Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative will fund up to $250 of paint and painting supplies (restrictions apply).





Deadline to enter the contest is 5pm November 15, 2011. Cash prizewinners will be announced in December. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded for Best Facelift, Best Door and Trim, Best “Show Piece House”, Best Healthy Neighborhood Home, Best Business Entry, and Best Project Documentary Video.




Charles Village has a Berkeley California vibe and is home to both colorful homes and colorful personalities. Grand Victorian homes are available beginning at $250,000 and up. Neighborhood amenities include: The Baltimore Museum of Art (which is free admission!) Wyman Park, Union Memorial Hospital, and Johns Hopkins University. You’ll enjoy being able to walk to coffee shops, bookstores, and restaurants. Charles Village proves to be a stable on-going investment as there is a continual need for rental properties to support the Johns Hopkins University community.


Rachel Rabinowitz

Broker / Owner Guerilla Realty  and

Vice President Tranzon Fox Auctions

443.841.5916 direct /




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