Hot property: Century-old town house was formerly one-half of landmark Schaefer’s bar in South Baltimore

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Address: 121 W. Randall St., Baltimore

List price: $499,900


Year built: 1900

Real estate agent: Stephanie Geddings of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices


Last sold price/date: For $350,000 on Feb. 2, 2023

Property size: 2,520-square-foot town house has four bedrooms plus four full bathrooms

Unique features: When the new owners take possession of this light, airy and modern town house, they might have a hard time believing that they have just purchased an authentic piece of old Baltimore.

This end-of-row town home is one-half of the former Schaefer’s bar, a neighborhood fixture once in possession of the second liquor license ever issued by the City of Baltimore. At one time a stag bar, Schaefer’s was known for its wall full of dollar bills signed by former customers and a history dating back to the 1880s, according to a 2008 article in The Baltimore Sun. There was a pool table and a small dance floor, and — added during a period when Schaefer’s was a male-only “stag bar” — a metal trough running along the bottom of the wooden bar. When nature called, customers could relieve themselves without giving up their treasured bar stool.

Schaefer’s was converted into two townhouses earlier this year that retain much of the property’s cozy charm. This townhouse features a sweet little half-moon front stoop, nine-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls in multiple rooms, lustrous hardwood floors and a large and spectacular rooftop deck providing panoramic views.

There are tray ceilings plus three-piece ceiling moldings and picture railings, a finished basement with a laundry room, and an upper-level party room just outside the deck equipped with a beverage refrigerator, sink and wet bar. The kitchen has a breakfast bar and built-in stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher) and a gas range with a vented hood system.

There is a dual-zoned heating and cooling system. For contracts signed by the end of May, the seller will throw in a washing machine and dryer.