PROJECTS

Through his real estate investments, Ian Parrish has improved single properties and entire communities, created thousands of jobs, and established hundreds of individuals as homeowners.  These are a few of his projects of which he is most proud.

To learn more about Ian Parrish's funding and investment strategies, his sustainable design and green building methods, or his current project and vision for Baltimore, register for his next project field trip.

 

"Monster Row" is the local nickname for a residential block in Midtown Baltimore, Maryland named for the gargoyles commissioned and installed by several property owners to enhance the neighborhood's neo-gothic architectural mood.  The Monster Row Project involved the restructuring of a multi-story building that originally housed a photographic studio.  After considering the viability of the structure for business use, equality of access for persons with mobility disabilities, and the needs of the community, Mr. Parrish decided to re-purpose the structure as an upscale four-bedroom residential space.  Design features he incorporated into the structure include:

  • ENERGY STAR® Appliances, Allergy-Safe Carpet, and other Green Features
  • Floor-to-Ceiling Windows, Vaulted Ceilings, and Extensive Use of Natural Lighting
  • Dumbwaiter Connecting Upper Levels Directly to Laundry Room
  • Master Bath Suite with Connected Dressing Room, Walk-In Closets, and Platform Tub
  • A "Floating Island" of Kitchen Cabinets with Front and Back Glass Doors That Allow Natural Light to Pass into the Kitchen
  • Library with Built-In Bookshelves and a Rolling Ladder
  • Custom Cabinetry in Living Areas with Wine-Rack and Dry Sink

Situated at a major intersection in Baltimore, Maryland's Station North Arts & Entertainment District, the 33 Project at 33 West North Avenue is a crucial part of that district's revitalization effort.  The project involves the adaptive re-use of a blighted commercial shell into a showcase property including prime retail space and upscale "Eco-Chic" residential apartments.  Notable features include:

  • ENERGY STAR® Certification (Pending)
  • "Living Roof" - Natural Rooftop Garden & Patio
  • Prime, Street-Level Retail Space with Corner Exposure
  • Large Retail Display Windows with Hidden Security Curtains
  • Innovative Apartment Floor Plans with High Ceilings and Natural Lighting
  • Wheelchair/Walker-Friendly Design with Elevator
  • Exterior Bicycle Racks Designed by Local Artist

What became known as The "Pigeon Coop" Project began with the purchase (in close cooperation with Baltimore City officials) of a long-abandoned commercial building inhabited by hundreds of the City's pigeons.  The Project involved the complete demolition of the building's interior, which - among its other issues - was coated on nearly every surface with bird guano.  After major renovation, the building was converted from a local eyesore into a popular grocery store with upper-floor apartment spaces.  Notable features included:

  • Complete Rebuild of All Structural, Plumbing, Electrical, and other Systems
  • Restructured Layout from Four Small Apartments into Two Larger Ones
  • Open Apartment Floor Plans with Kitchens that Flow into the Living Spaces
  • Fully-Appointed Master Bathrooms with Jacuzzi Tubs Attached to Each Bedroom
  • Wrap-Around Decorative Awning to Increase Aesthetic Appeal

The Cashmere Farm Agricultural Preserve, an assemblage of three separate residential parcels of land, demonstrates the value of knowing alternative real estate funding methods.  The largest parcel was a private residence with outbuildings on 26 acres of land that was negotiated using the Seller Refinance for Takeover Method.  The technique is intricate, but it allows a purchaser to acquire property by assuming a mortgage created by the seller.  Additional parcels were acquired using Short Term Annuities, thereby allowing Mr. Parrish to acquire the entire three parcel, 40 acre assemblage without any capital investment.

Mr. Parrish unified the properties into a single agricultural preserve; and the newly-established conservancy became a working organic farm.  Eco-friendly design plans that include a completely self-sufficient power grid are currently underway.  The acquisition, assemblage, and improvements to the property created a substantial equity profit while safeguarding rural farmland, restoring wildlife habitat, and promoting sustainable "green" building design methods.

  • Land Assemblage Using Alternative Funding Methods
  • Removal and Clean Up of Waste Dump to Aid Reforestation
  • Self-Sufficient Power Systems Using Geothermal, Solar, and Wind Energy
  • Earth-Sheltered Building Design for Thermal Efficiency and Decreased Runoff
  • Wildlife Habitat Management Plan

Ian Parrish believes that a complete real estate investor is a person who understands that buildings aren't static creations; they occupy space and affect the environment around them.  Buildings intersect with culture, and the look and feel of a building are important components of its value and vital aspects of its neighborhood's identity.

The Stereoscopic 3D Mural Project involved the creation of a giant 3D image on a three story wall of a Parrish-owned apartment building in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District of Baltimore, MD.  While the image is striking when viewed normally, it takes on an entirely different aspect when viewed through colored 3D glasses.  Then, the two separate images are merged together by the visual cortex, giving them the perception of dimensionality.

3D murals are rarely attempted due to their technical difficulty.  This mural was painted by two Baltimore artists, Xxist and Jake Warford, both of whom have a background in physics and engineering as well as art.  As part of the Project, a documentary was filmed to spotlight how art in the public space can influence and inspire its local environment.