7-bedroom Charles Village townhome with downstairs apartment on the market for $749,000

Overlooking Wyman Park Dell in the historic Charles Village neighborhood, an Arts and Craft townhouse at 2943 North Charles St. is on the market for $749,000.

This four-story, 5,000-square-foot stunner has seven bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. A separate basement unit adds another two bedrooms, kitchen and a full bath. Meticulously maintained, the home is a mix of old and new and comes with its own slice of Baltimore history.


Designed by architect John R. Forsythe, and built by James T. Miller, the home was completed in 1909 and sold to local businessman George Kranz and his wife Regina. Kranz owned a piano store and was one of the many people who lost their businesses in the devastating Baltimore fire of 1904.

A vestibule opens to the foyer through the original leaded-glass door. The wood wainscoting and the large main staircase preview the home's elegance. Original hardwood floors with inlay can be found here and throughout the home.

To the left through a set of pocket doors is a sitting room with 12-foot ceilings and decorative plasterwork on the ceiling and molding. A decorative mantle with a large mirror takes center stage in the room. Floor to ceiling windows let in natural light. An arched doorway cradled by a pair of white wooden pillars leads to the music room with the same decorative plasterwork.

Beyond that is the dining room wrapped with dark wood paneling, giving it a refined and sophisticated feel. An original mural depicting Roman edifices wraps around the top of the walls and there's a decorative wood mantle — one of seven throughout the house.

The kitchen has received a modern remodel. A Viking gas stove and hood, and other stainless steel appliances have been added. Cherry cabinets, granite countertops and an island will please any chef. A back staircase leads to the second and third floors.

The first floor also offers a powder room, with a laundry area next to it with a stackable washer and dryer. The original laundry chute still works and connects to the other floors, so no running up and down stairs to gather laundry.

The owner, Dawna Cobb, is downsizing and loves the proximity to The Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Museum of Art and public transportation just steps away.

"It was a wonderful place to raise kids, cook dinners and I even hosted a wedding." She said.

The second floor features three bedrooms and two full baths. The renovated master bath has a glass shower and a claw foot tub. The large windows of the master suite overlook Wyman Park Dell across Charles Street. The hall bathroom has a beautiful original stained glass window, as does the third floor bathroom.

One of Cobb's favorite spot is a private outdoor porch with a wet bar off the second floor.

The third floor has four rooms and a full bathroom. The front room also has views of the park. Utility bills are reduced by solar panels that have been leased through 2034. A landscaped yard and a detached garage complete the property.

The specs

Address: 2943 Charles St. North, Baltimore, MD 21218

Year build: 1909


Square footage: 5,000

Taxes: $9,133

Listing agent: John Spurrier, Cummings & Co. Realtors