"Bolton Hill" Victorian Church - To The Highest Bidder

Circa 1881, Stone Church and Adjoining Rectory Building

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Sold Price
Auction Date
Auction Time
11:00 AM
201 & 213 Wilson Street, Baltimore, MD, 21217
Baltimore City
Bolton Hill National Historic District
The property will be open for inspection one hour before the auction and may be inspected by appointment with the auctioneers - telephone 410-296-8440 or email info@ajbillig.com.
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National Historic District

Circa 1881, Stone
& Adjoining Rectory Building

- Restoration Needed -
Ideal for Redevelopment

Sale On Premises
Strawbridge United Methodist Church
Corner Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

AT 11:00 A.M.

NOTE:  The information contained herein has been obtained from sources deemed reliable and is believed to be accurate.  However, no express or implied warranty is made or may be inferred from any such representation.  Dimensions, square footage and acreage contained herein are more or less.  Prospective purchasers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence, in advance of the auction, regarding the permitted uses of the property.

Strawbridge United Methodist Church is situated in the heart of Bolton Hill, an historic neighborhood in northern Downtown Baltimore.  As described by LiveBaltimore.com:

"Bolton Hill is an historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an urban neighborhood of tranquil, tree-lined streets lined with an outstanding collection of restored mid to late 19th century townhouses, urban mansions, churches, and public buildings. Bolton Hill is peppered with quaint urban parks, historic fountains, and grand monuments that complement the period architecture. There are also several award-winning modern town home enclaves tucked away amidst the historic homes. Most homes contain plots of exterior space set out as hidden retreats or formal gardens that combine with the elegant buildings to make Bolton Hill an urban retreat in the city. In addition to the physical structure, Bolton Hill has a fascinating mix of residents of all age groups, races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and lifestyles, making it one of the most diverse and accepting neighborhoods in Baltimore."

The auction presents an outstanding opportunity to restore two significant structures or convert them to an alternative use compatible with the community.

Two, level, rectangular lots, fronting on Wilson Street, Park Avenue and Jenkins Alley.  The property will be sold as an entirety.

201 Wilson Street - 107' x 80' =     8,560 square feet
213 Wilson Street - 19' x 80' =       1,520 square feet

Total                                           10,080 square feet

Zoning R7, residential - for more information, see the Baltimore City Zoning Code

All public utilities are available.

Attractive streetscape with pavers and period lighting, in keeping with the historic character of the neighborhood.

201 Wilson Street - Church Building - according to public tax records, the building was constructed in 1881 and contains 7,916 of gross building area, plus basement.  The stone building features arched and circular stained glass windows, a steeple, slate roof and wooden entry doors.  Interior has a soaring ceiling, altar, balcony and fellowship hall.  Pews are included.



213 Wilson Street - Rectory - according to public tax records, the building was constructed in 1920 (it may be older) and contains 3,800 square feet of gross building area and 1,140 square feet of basement space.  The rectory consists of a three story brick townhouse, containing 3 rooms and bath on each of the first and second floors and two rooms on the third floor; steel fire escape.

The buildings are in shell condition and require rehabilitation.  Some original millwork and details remain.

The properties are in fee simple and will be sold together, free and clear of liens.  Baltimore City Deed Liber 2523, folio 159.

The properties are owned by the Baltimore Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and are tax exempt.  According to published tax records:

201 Wilson Street, Tax Account #0354-016, is assessed for $1,058,400, which yields an annual tax liability of $24,191.

213 Wilson Street, Tax Account #0354-015, is assessed for $126,100, yielding an annual tax bill of $2,875.

Purchasers may petition for a reduction in the assessment of their property in conjunction with a purchase price substantially less than the currently assessed value of the property.  Purchasers are encouraged to contact the Maryland State Department of Assessments & Taxation concerning the appeals process, and may see the following link for helpful information: http://www.dat.state.md.us/sdatweb/appeal.html

A $10,000 deposit, payable by certified check or cashier's check, will be required of the Purchaser at time and place of sale.  The deposit shall be increased to 10% of the purchase price within 24 hours at the Auctioneer's office.  Balance to be paid in cash at settlement, which shall take place within 45 days.  If payment of the deposit or balance does not take place within the specified time, the deposit shall be forfeited and the property may be resold at the risk and expense of the Purchaser. Interest to be charged on the unpaid purchase money, at the rate of 12% per annum, from date of sale to date of settlement.  All adjustments, including taxes, all other public charges and assessments payable on an annual basis, and sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, if any, to be adjusted for the current year to date of sale and assumed thereafter by the Purchaser.  The property will be sold in "AS IS" condition, and subject to easements, agreements, restrictions or covenants of record affecting same, if any.  Purchaser assumes the risk of loss from the date of sale forward.  The purchaser agrees to waive the right of inspection for lead paint, as provided under current Federal and State law and waives and releases the Seller, the Auctioneers, and their respective agents, successors and assigns from any and all claims the Purchaser and/or its successors and assigns may now have or may have in the future relating to the condition of the property, including but not limited to the environmental condition thereof. If the Seller is unable to convey good and marketable title, the Purchaser's sole remedy in law or equity shall be limited to the refund of the deposit.  Upon refund of the deposit this sale shall be null and void and of no effect, and the Purchaser shall have no further claim against the Seller or Auctioneers.  Recordation costs, transfer taxes and all costs incidental to settlement to be paid by the Purchaser.  Time is of the essence.

No buyer's premium.

Auction by order of the
Baltimore Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

In Collaboration with NAI KLNB
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