Old Towson Jail to Be New West Towson Pool

By
Real Estate Agent with Cummings & Co. Realtors

An old jail in my town of Towson, Maryland is going to have a new life as a pool, office space, and hopefully a cafe.

Placed on the National Historical Registry in 1991, the Warden's building, built in 1858, is being renovated to preserve the original details while providing modern amenities. 

I am excited that this 1.8 acres is going to be something so useful to the community. Though the pool is going to be private, the public schools around and camps/etc will have access to use. The local senior center will be offered largely discounted memberships.

The best part for my neighborhood, is that if you are a charter member, meaning that you pay $2500-$3500 to help build the pool, then that membership becomes part of your household. This means that when someone sells their Towson home, the membership can be transferred with the sale of the house.

Pools in our area fill up quickly. One opened in Timonium last year and their wait list is now 3 years long.

This provides a tremendous opportunity for Towson House Values to those who are willing and able to be charter members!

Comments (6)

Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Marney... what a creative use for a space, that while historic, would likely have become a taxpayer drain to maintain versus a useful community amenity that might have a positive effect on property values!

Jun 16, 2009 09:45 AM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

What a nice conversion !!

... and it will be a fun landmark for Old Towson !

Very nice Marney !

Jun 16, 2009 09:48 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Hi Steve! They have been talking about it for years, and have just gotten the approvals. I am excited that it won't be an old eyesore anymore, and that the community will benefit from it for years to come! I can't wait to see how they renovate the interior -- the construction company has said that some rooms will have barred entries to preserve the feel. It is going to be so neat!!!!

Jun 16, 2009 09:49 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Hi Sheldon! It is so cool. I am thrilled at the conversion -- good for history, the environment, and the community! I am dying to see the renovations once they are done!

Jun 16, 2009 09:50 AM
Kat Malone
Charlestown, MA

That's pretty clever, I like that! Nice use of a historic space!

Jun 17, 2009 02:08 AM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Hi Kat! I am excited to see it -- what a great idea, right? Thanks for stopping by!

Jun 18, 2009 06:24 AM

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