Desirable Spaces

The Baltimore Sun

You might expect to find a Harley-Davidson motorcycle tucked into a mechanic's garage. But not one with bright turquoise trim and fenders carved out in pearl white like a '57 Corvette.

And you wouldn't be surprised to see a few oil stains on the floor or a glimpse of chrome, but a dual-sided fireplace, bubbling hot tub and hanging quilted art would certainly cause a doubletake.

That's because this former garage is actually enjoying a second life as an urban chic townhouse in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood.

Homeowner Elizabeth Liechty spent more than two years renovating and refurbishing the huge garage, including six months of wrangling permits from the city.

"I just wanted to keep it authentic to what it really was - an old mechanic's garage ... [and] a big open space," says Liechty. "Because I grew up on a farm in Indiana, where we had 100 acres."

She also kept the acid-washed concrete floors and incorporated an industrial chic design that feels authentic and fits the space.

The house was featured in Style magazine in 2006.

Liechty has renovated a few properties in Baltimore and is ready to work on another project in Steamboat, Colo., although she plans to live in Annapolis.

About the house --The home has three levels connected by a floating staircase.

The first level has 16-foot ceilings, exposed ductwork and an open area that includes a living room, dining room, play area and kitchen.

The entry foyer is open to the floors above and draws plenty of sun from skylights on the third floor.

The second level has bamboo flooring and a large, open library or sitting area.

The bedrooms and bathrooms on this level have sliding faux-wenge wood doors hanging from industrial tracks.

The master suite has a small balcony that opens onto the atrium and overlooks the waterfall and hot tub on the first floor.

The third level is an entertainment loft with a wet bar and seating area that opens onto an airy, concrete deck with a built-in barbecue grill and a shower.

Address --708 Port St., Baltimore 21224

Asking price --$1,375,000

Taxes --$21,780

Size --About 4,600 square feet, including a 600-square-foot deck with city and water views.

Features --The house has four bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, including a powder room on the first floor.

The kitchen has marble counters, professional stainless-steel appliances, and custom cabinetry, with stainless steel doors, handmade by Amish artisans. The same cabinets are part of the wet bar on the third floor.

A three-level glass atrium has a hot tub with a stacked stone waterfall.

The master bedroom has a fireplace and separate closet with built-ins. The master bath features double sinks and an infinity-edge soaking tub that is filled by water dispensed from overhead in a waterfall-type stream.

The property also includes a one-car garage.

Listing agent --Terry Reamer, Prudential Carruthers Realtors, Baltimore, 410-484-8322,

To submit a candidate for Desirable Spaces, send photos and a description of the property to Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Real Estate Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Questions may be sent to

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