3420 Seneca Street / Baltimore, MD 21211
List Price: $289,000MLS #: MDBA438944
Rare Historical Home a Hidden Gem
This is a story of a rare 150 year-old house at 3420 Seneca Street in Baltimore, Maryland sited on a ridge above the Jones Falls Mill Valley. Located in Woodberry’s Brick Hill, a community settled mostly by Appalachian migrant workers who came to find employment in the mills. You can be forgiven for never knowing this part of Baltimore City existed, as it’s hidden in plain sight. The four-acre National Historic District neighborhood is named for the brick duplexes that were originally constructed to house workers in the nearby Meadow Mill. The isolation is enhanced by the 745 acres of urban parkland comprising Druid Hill Park that borders the Brick Hill Neighborhood.
In 1926 William and Rosa Depfer started purchasing homes for $5 from the Mount Vernon-Woodberry Cotton Duck Company where he worked. The Depfer’s continued purchasing properties in Brick Hill for their entire lives. Their sons Will and Ray Depfer maintained the properties through the 1970’s. Will passed away leaving everything to his brother Ray, a Baltimore City Policeman and Korean War Veteran who lived his entire life in Brick Hill. Before passing Ray began renovating the 10 properties he owned on Brick Hill and started Brick Hill Properties to continue renovating and maintaining their portion of the neighborhood.
Beginning in 2012, Brick Hill Properties undertook a comprehensive and costly update to the property. Exterior water lines, interior plumbing lines, 200 amp electrical service, and all new wiring were completed. In 2014 a new roof, all new appliances, and complete ductwork was installed throughout the house to support a new gas furnace and central air conditioning. The front porch and chimney were repaired, the kitchen and bathrooms were renovated, drywall and insulation were improved, and the exterior brickwork was painted. The property was then used as a registered rental property.
In a neighborhood where houses are historically sold by word of mouth, this Spring 2019 offering is special. For the first time in over 90 years, 3420 Seneca Street Baltimore Maryland is available for purchase.
The past feels accessible, as you walk the no outlet streets. The history is not one of bygone glamour. Mill workers houses are practical spaces, filled with the spirit of turmoil and love from a disappearing industrial era.
Today Brick Hill seems like an incredibly clutch spot to live, a well-preserved gem. You can walk to the Woodberry Light Rail Station and be downtown in minutes. Without ever leaving the neighborhood, dine at James Beard award winning restaurants, and enjoy an ever-increasing array of entertainment destinations including athletic clubs, art studios, breweries, and offices. In winter months from the front windows you can see traffic flow on the JFX, but look closer and you’ll also see water flowing in the Jones Falls. In warmer months, the trees fill in with leaves and the views turn green.
Freshly painted, with new flooring, carpeting, and lighting, 3420 Seneca Street is ready for its next owner. The yard is aching for an overgrown vegetable garden. The main floor of the home has a generous amount replacement windows facing south and illuminating the kitchen. The second floor is move-in ready with a master bedroom, office or library, large bathroom, and laundry. The top floor has two additional bedrooms and a modest storage room. The tidy basement is accessed from the side yard. It’s here you can really see the current owners cared for this house like family. Live here and enjoy the smiles you get from guests who say, “I had no idea all this was back here”. Get lost in your own urban Appalachia.
( 4 ) Bedrooms
( 1 ) Full Bathroom
( 1 ) Half Bathroom
• New plumbing
• New 200amp electrical service and wiring
• New appliances and lighting fixtures
• New gas furnace and central a/c
• Renovated kitchen and bathrooms
• Front porch and chimney restored to historic standards
• Backyard ready for garden and relaxing summer evenings
• Freshly painted
• Views of Jones Falls Valley and Druid Hill forest
• Off street parking
• Access Druid Hill Park walking trails
• Adjacent award-winning restaurants
• Art studios, coffee shops, athletic clubs, breweries
• Walking distance to Hampden and "The Avenue"
• Hop, skip, and jump to Lightrail stop
• Woodberry - Brick Hill
Rachel Rabinowitz (443) 841-5916