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  • I wish someone WOULD move my chairs

    The snow stopped.  Next came the sound of people shoveling after snowplows have barricaded their cars behind dirty-white levees.  The other sounds go something like this: “I shoveled it, so it’s my spot” and “I wish someone WOULD move my chairs.” “Parking chairs” are on...
  • Imaginative Rehabs

    Imaginative Rehabs Design Let’s face it.  Most rehabbers are motivated by profit.  And that’s okay, but there is no excuse for slapdash workmanship, builder-grade everything, or lack of imagination. As a Realtor I’ve had the opportunity to see incredible renovations, some with unexpected attention to...
  • Attention to Detail

    There are lots of people in Baltimore who rehab houses for a living. Some do spectacular work, while others . . . not so much. Some believe that doing just the bare minimum is what’s needed to turn a profit. I call it the “good enough” mentality....
  • The other side of Hampden

    What do you know about Hampden? Hampden is a somewhat bifurcated neighborhood. On one side of Falls Road you have 36th Street, also known as The Avenue, with its restaurants (up- and down-scale), bars (up- and down-scale), hipster clothes and, well, hipsters. Real estate-wise, it’s a...
  • Bottega, the idea of it

    Adrien, the owner of Bottega, transformed a fading-into-the-cityscape row house into rough hewn wonder, with wood salvaged from a barn in Harpers Ferry (also a Craigslist find). DSC_0836The fact that Bottega is open also means he managed to traverse a bureaucracy that hasn’t quite embraced one-stop shopping.
  • Honey Comb Boxing Gym

    I’ve often toyed with the idea of joining a boxing gym to get into shape, but then passed on the idea when I envisioned younger, stronger, faster men kicking my ass without threat of criminal charge. It seems that with each passing day in the span of our lives, we lose options. I can confidently say that boxing is one option I no longer have.

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