Hey Michael Phelps! You just won eight gold medals. What are you going to do now?! The answer is not, “I’m going to Disneyland,” but rather, “I’m going to Baltimore!” Phelps, perhaps the greatest Olympian of all time after eclipsing Mark Spitz‘s seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics, is eagerly returning to his Baltimore roots, buying a condo in the Fells Point area and perhaps buying the swimming pool complex where he was first discovered and trained to be an Olympian.
OK, first things first: Phelps is buying a $1.69 million condo at “The Crescent,” a luxury condo building on the Baltimore waterfront located at 959 Fell St., Baltimore, MD. TMZ breaks out an array of photos of Phelps’ condo, which has a swimming pool (above) — natch — and we presume condo bylaws allow Phelps’ snoring sidekick, Herman, to live there as well. This will be quite a change in location since Phelps used to live with his mom, Debbie, in one of 1,777 red brick Rodgers Forge townhomes (here’s an example) that are packed together over five streets in a neighborhood north of Baltimore proper.
Phelps is also talking about purchasing the North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s Meadowbrook facility, the place where he was discovered at age 11 by swim coach Bob Bowman. Actually, Phelps and Bowman (pictured above) are talking about buying it together to turn it into an Olympic training ground.
NBAC, or “Meadowbrook,” as it is known, is adjacent to the Northwest Skating Rink and also nearby is a dinky little post office. I lived in Baltimore and was a member at NBAC at the time Phelps was training for the Athens Olympics. Since this “complex” sits in a flood plain, the Baltimore Messenger doubts they will make that kind of commitment. My personal message to Michael: If you do buy it, please fix the locker rooms (the women’s room was disgusting), replace the chunks of concrete that are missing around the pool, expand the snack bar, and have someone skim the pool for floating band-aids.
Whatever the outcome, Phelps has been an incredible ambassador for Baltimore and all of its goodness. Here’s to you, Baltimore, “The Greatest City in America.” Your favorite son is coming back.