Row­house comes with a sur­prise: an in­door pool

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Hal­lie Miller

A re­cently listed Fells Point row­house might ap­pear or­di­nary on the sur­face. But a quirky fea­ture in­side dis­tin­guishes this unit from its neigh­bors.

The rowhome on the 700 block of S. Bethel St., listed for $160,000, comes com­plete with a deep in­door pool and plat­forms pos­si­bly meant for div­ing into it from the sec­ond and third floors. The 952-square-foot space, orig­i­nally built in 1850 — ac­cord­ing to property records — also in­cludes one bed­room, two bath­rooms, a rooftop gar­den and at least one fire­place.

Lo­cated in the heart of Fells Point, the home had be­longed to Dim­itris M. Spil­iadis un­til De­cem­ber, when it en­tered a bank’s pos­ses­sion after a fore­clo­sure.

Spil­iadis is the man­ager and a co-owner of the neigh­bor­hood’s Black Olive res­tau­rant, which has been owned and op­er­ated by his fam­ily for over two decades. Reached by phone Thurs­day, Spil­iadis de­clined to com­ment. He’s cred­ited with el­e­vat­ing the res­tau­rant’s wine list with sus­tain­able, or­ganic and bio­dy­namic of­fer­ings from around the world.

On­line court records show that the house went into fore­clo­sure start­ing in 2018 and en­tered an ul­ti­mately un­suc­cess­ful me­di­a­tion process.

Pre­vi­ously, the Spil­iadis fam­ily owned The Inn at the Black

Olive, which went into fore­clo­sure in 2014 after open­ing in 2011. Ac­tor Woody Har­rel­son, whom Spil­iadis met dur­ing the ac­tor’s seven-week stay at the inn for the film­ing of HBO’s “Game Change,” helped pur­chase the inn out of fore­clo­sure in 2014.

Bal­ti­more real es­tate bro­ker An­toine John­son, who’s han­dling the Bethel Street sale on be­half of firm Pow­er­house Realty, LLC, said in an email that in ad­di­tion to the pool, Spil­iadis in­stalled iron stair­cases, a new fur­nace unit and a stone bench, and sought to in­stall a glass floor on the sec­ond level that would over­look the pool. John­son said Spil­iadis re­mains in­ter­ested in the house.

“With some­one’s cre­ative touch they can con­vert the house back to its orig­i­nal state if they choose to,” John­son added in the email.


A deep in­door pool is dug into the ground floor of a Fells Point row­house that was fore­closed on and is now listed for sale. The pool is open to the home’s sec­ond and third floors.

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