When first visiting her family’s Canton townhouse in 2012, Dr. Rebecca Dezube says there was no question in her mind that she wanted to live there.
“I love the windows, the lights, the arched, wood-paneled ceilings in the master bedroom, and all the little details,” says Dezube, a pulmonologist and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
But Dezube and her husband, Scott Goldman, both 37, weren’t the only people interested in the three-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath residence.
“It was in foreclosure, going to auction, and there were eight other offers,” recalls Goldman, an attorney and military veteran who is director of The 6th Branch, a veteran-led nonprofit. “We took a good guess at what [the bank] would want without breaking our wallets. It turned out we put in the highest bid.”
The couple moved to Baltimore in 2009 when Dezube started a residency at Hopkins and Goldman began a law clerkship in Washington, D.C.
Goldman and Dezube say they were attracted to the Canton home because it offered such amenities as a garage. From the outside, the townhouse looks like a multi-family dwelling but is actually a single-family residence. It was built nearly a century ago, but thanks to a 2008 rehab, it appears deceptively modern.
Another shocker is that their 2,064-square-foot townhouse is, well, kind of upside down. The first level has a bedroom and full bath; the second floor has a bedroom, two baths, master bedroom and laundry room; and the top tier holds a dining room, kitchen/living room space and a half-bath. A deck off the living room has a spiral staircase leading to a roof deck.
Goldman says he appreciates the home’s bright, airy living room where wall-to-wall windows provide breathtaking views of sunsets and cityscapes.
Since moving in, Dezube and Goldman’s lives have changed dramatically. They are now parents to Michael, 3½, and Adam, 1½.
“We moved into this house without kids and loved it, but we appreciate it even more with kids,” says Dezube. “There’s always something to do. There’s the Canton tot lot. We’re members of the aquarium, the science center, the zoo and Port Discovery. And there are about six ice cream places in walking distance!”
Goldman says there’s a joke among some city dwellers that many families move out of the city “right after the first positive pregnancy test,” but he’s encouraged there is now “a cohort of young families with kids Michael’s age” living in the neighborhood.
He’s optimistic that his family will remain in the city.
“We love the house and we love the neighborhood,” says Goldman. “We want to make this style of city living work.”