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Renovating with a nod to the future

Renovating with a nod to the future

For every newcomer to Baltimore, the story of what brought about the move is varied, but there is often a common theme: a desire to sample city life.

The O'Beirnes are no different, but the couple's approach to settling in Butchers Hill involved a bit of trial and error.

"When all of our children moved away from home, we decided to try city living," said Andrew "Drew" O'Beirne, 69, a retired president of a biotech startup company. "Over the next few years, we purchased houses in different areas until we found Butchers Hill and its welcoming community. We kept looking at homes [there] until we found the one that had the potential to be remolded into our...