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homepage-logo5Modern appliances, exposed brick, a bathroom on the first floor, outdoor space for a dog and, oh, yeah, it needs to be in Canton.

Those were among the items on the wish list of Julian Morales and his fiancee, Lacy Conant. The Pennsylvania transplants were featured on Wednesday’s episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters,” a show that follows people through three house tours as they search for the perfect home. They were working with a $300,000 budget.

As most people find out during their search for a house, not every item on their wish list could be included. Ryan Sebeck, a Realtor at the Fells Point office of RE/MAX Preferred, showed the couple three properties that were included in the episode — two in Canton and one in Highlandtown.

The couple first toured a home in Canton priced at $255,000; however it didn’t fit many of Morales’ wishes. He thought the house needed too many renovations and was disappointed that it didn’t have a rooftop deck.

The second property, in Highlandtown, was priced at $340,000, but it qualified for a 10-year historic tax credit. The house fit most of their wish list, except that it wasn’t in their (but mostly Conant’s) desired neighborhood of Canton. The house had three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a parking pad, a rooftop deck and plenty of modern upgrades.

But the couple fell in love with the third house. Listed at $279,000, Morales and Conant toured an end home in Canton. Although it was the smallest of the three — 1,300 square feet — the couple liked the charm the house offered.

Although the house lacked a basement and didn’t have a fenced-in yard for their dog, the house had an open floor plan and a nice rooftop deck with water and downtown views. Morales and Conant purchased the house for $289,000.

Many Baltimore landmarks received cameo appearances on the episode. Federal Hill, the Washington Monument and Patterson Park all made it onto the show.

Sebeck on Monday told me that seeing all the positives Baltimore has to offer on a national stage was a good change of pace.

“The problem with Baltimore is the city is so associated with ‘The Wire’ and such a high crime rate,” he said. “But people really connect with the city.”

Ryan McDonald
Digital Producer-Baltimore Business Journal

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