A waterfront penthouse in Baltimore that was once owned by the late novelist Tom Clancy is headed to the auction block on December 12 with no reserve price. The best-selling author of the Jack Ryan novels chose a Ritz-Carlton Residence penthouse on the waterfront and increased its size by combining it with two more penthouse units. The finished product took two years and $15 million to create.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences are known for their choice locations, amenities and white glove service. The 5-acre location is in the heart of Baltimore’s Federal Hill waterfront with 2 acres of gardens with paths, fountains, benches and a wide walkway along the water’s edge.
The building provides 24/7 front desk attendants, concierge, free valet parking, dry cleaning pick up and delivery, maid service and six residential suites for guests. Porters deliver packages and groceries to the apartments, and residents have use of the game and billiards room, lounge, 30-seat theater and boardroom.
The triple-sized penthouse was reconstructed for Clancy with huge rooms and 10-foot ceilings. At 12,000 square feet, it includes four bedrooms, six bathrooms, a kitchen sized to accommodate caterers or family, and expansive formal living and dining rooms. There are two offices with built-in bookshelves and four balconies and two corner terraces for boat watching or enjoying the sparkle of light across the city at night. The master suite has his-and-her baths with separate large dressing rooms. There is also a full gym and a home theater.
Many of the city’s sporting, cultural, dining and shopping venues are within walking distance.
Clancy, who died in 2013, was one of the world’s best-selling writers whose thrillers such as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears were also made into major hit movies. His financial success also made it possible for him to buy into his hometown Baltimore Orioles Major League baseball team as a part owner.