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436 Federal Street — design within reach (sold above list price)

It seems every day there’s a new app, new startup, or a new area to invest in real estate.  Back in April 2015, I talked about Station North reaching a tipping point.  See  With so much rehab activity in the Greenmount West section of the Station North Arts District, there is no area more exciting and abuzz with activity.

436-federal-street-baltimore-print-002-21-exterior-front-2700x1799-300dpiYears before Greenmount West was designated a part of the Station North Arts District, it was a viable community with an intact social infrastructure.  With the influx of newcomers, a sort of cross-pollination has catalyzed the area with new energy to finally tip the point. You can see it every morning with the caravan of briefcase-carrying commuters making their way to Penn Station.  That social infrastructure is also strengthened by the always-artsy Charles Theater, a Montessori School, the ingenious Open Works, and three art galleries.  One such gallery is New Door Creative, which Bmore Art called “the coolest Baltimore gallery you never heard of.”

436-federal-street-baltimore-large-003-1-exterior-front-1500x1000-72dpi-1There are large homes in the mid $300Ks on Lafayette Avenue and Lanvale Street,  and then there are the smaller Federal Street homes with 2 bedrooms and one bathroom (or one and a half) that sell for less than $200K.

Federal Street homes are ripe with value and nowhere is this more apparent than at 436 Federal Street. This is a true ground-up rehab with all new plumbing and electrical systems and, of course, a home warranty.  The walls are architect white and the floors are light natural oak hardwood.

436-federal-street-baltimore-large-009-5-kitchen-1500x1000-72dpiEvery aspect of this home exhibits attention to detail. But some of its best features are not visible to the naked eye:  the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) tax credit (seller had submitted CHAP application).  This ten-year tax credit for all renovations, interior and exterior, is the most generous in Baltimore City, and among the most comprehensive in the country.  Go to CHAP to see more  information about this program.  There are also downpayment assistance programs including the $10,000 Vacants to Value Booster downpayment assistance program and the JHU Live Near Your Work program offering generous down-payment assistance for its employees.  If you qualify 436-federal-street-baltimore-large-005-30-living-room-1500x996-72dpifor the downpayment assistance programs available, it is possible to buy this house with less than $1000 down.  Click  Alan Sanders at Prosperity Mortgage to get more information about the costs associated with buying this house.

This home was ranked very walkable and very bikeable with excellent transit by  Given its proximity to everything, not owning a car is not a problem.

Here are the walkables from 436 Federal Street:

  • 11-minute walk to Penn Station
  • 4-minute walk to Open Works see
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    10-minute walk to restaurants and the Charles Theater.

    9-minute walk to Stang of Siam

  • 10-minute walk to Charles Theatre
  • 13-minute walk to University of Baltimore School of Law
  • 14-minute walk to Joe Squared
  • 15-minute walk/ 7-minute bike ride to Red Emma’s Bookstore and Café
  • 19-minute walk/ 10-minute bike ride to Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 21-minute walk/ 8-minute bike ride/ 6-minute drive to Safeway on Charles and 25th Street

If you’d like a private showing and you’re not already represented by a Realtor, contact me and I’ll be happy to recommend one.

DSC_0566_05I’m Greg Bridges and I sell and write about real estate in the Baltimore area.  Office 410-889-9800, Mobile 410-215-0565 or





  1. Mitra says:

    Hi Greg! IS there any way to see this building!?

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