guerilla habitat – bromo arts & entertainment district
One of Baltimore’s three arts districts, the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District is a natural fit for guerilla / realty’s focus on helping creative professionals secure live/work spaces that enhance both their private and professional lives.
Home to regular gallery openings, music performances, and other cultural events, the district also houses numerous artist studios that exist alongside living and multi-use spaces. It’s a complex but opportunity filled market that guerilla agents have been helping clients navigate for some time now.
Among the first bromo buyers assisted by both guerilla realty founder and broker Rachel Rabinowitz and agent Diamond Dave Tomasko, the painter Lydia Pettit bought the 116 West Mulberry Street building and converted it from law offices to twelve artist studios, a contemporary art gallery, and community space – now known as the Platform Arts Center.
Since then, Rabinowitz and Tomasko have helped a number of clients establish presences in the area. Among other properties they have represented are 713 North Howard Street, 426 Franklin Street, 1019 Cathedral, 301 N Howard Street, 607 N Eutaw Street, and most recently 504 W Mulberry Street.
At 713 North Howard, guerilla’s clients were able to consolidate multiple aspects of their lives under one roof – as they undertook a renovation that transformed the buildings residential space, provided for a large artist studio, as well as a commercial space.
The 426 Franklin Street building similarly underwent major renovations as the sculptor owner sought to create an income generating space that would supplement his income long term. The building itself features 12” thick hand hewn beams and is believed to have been originally built in the late 1700s as a carriage house.
1019 Cathedral street, previously a flower shop, is now home to guerilla client Casewerks. In the business of creating high quality displays for museums and archives, Casewerks has done work for premiere cultural institutions from the Baltimore Museum of Art to The Art Institute of Chicago. When purchased by Casewerks, the building was nearly move in ready, but has since seen major renovations as well.
Among other area buildings represented by guerilla, the sprawling 301 N Howard street building came under guerilla representation due to a recommendation from the Baltimore Development Corporation.
Slightly North and West from there, Rabinowitz also sold 607 N Eutaw Street, an 1806 Flemish bond brick building with a wooden storefront, that has been converted into a beautiful residence which maintains its historical character while incorporating modern details and furnishings.
As the latest property to be sold by guerilla in the area, the three story 504 W Mulberry Street is also a quite unique property – ready to serve as a multi-function, income generating residential space proximate to the area’s many lively arts spaces and happenings. The standalone structure’s brick-walled courtyard lends character and offers shelter from the bustle of the city.
This spate of development was noted in the recent Baltimore Business Journal cover article “A West Side Story”. Among the many projects noted in the article are requests for proposals (RFPs) issued by the Baltimore Development Corporation for large chunks (107,000 total sqare feet) in the blocks bounded by Lexington and Howard and Howard and Fayette. An additional dozen development projects mentioned include studio apartments in the previously guerilla represented 301 – 307 N Howard Street building known as Crook Horner Lofts, Howard Row, Le Mondo, L On Liberty, Mayfair Place, Congress Hotel, Chinatown, Four Ten Lofts, Liberty Park, Lexington market, University Lofts, Current Space, and 109-111 W. Lexington round out the current crop of projects in the area.
And while these projects have been drawing media attention, other sections have long stayed quietly under the radar – such as much of Seton Hill, which is sometimes known as the city’s “Old French Quarter”. Home to St. Mary’s Park and picturesque Jasper Street, there is a distinctly different feeling here than surrounding parts.
Looking for the ideal location for your own multi-use property for your creative practice? Or do you have other ideas about how Bromo – or other unique Baltimore City real estate – might hold opportunity for you? Guerilla / realty has the knowledge and experience to help you find the space that’s right for you. Whether that means following auctions, searching out bank owned properties, or working to find incentives, loans, and available grants, guerilla agents can connect the dots and sort through the information – putting you into a building sooner than you’d think.
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