Forget the Snow...Live in a Condo!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

It began Friday night and continued all day Saturday. I was doing my best to keep up with the 20+" history-making''  snowfall Baltimore was about to receive. Shoveling the steps a couple of times on Saturday got me a bit ahead. But then awakening Sunday morning to the absolute beauty of almost two feet of this magnificent whiteness was breathtaking. So again, I went out do the steps so I could bring Lee the newspaper. Then I spent almost two hours with the snow blower doing our driveway – I was not going to quit until the whole darn thing was done!

Saturday night steps





Snowy Steps













While moving mountains of snow around, I thought of this...have you read it yet? Good for a laugh: Diary of a Snow Shoveler --- Funniest Thing You Will Read This Season

Shoveled Steps

Shoveled steps to get newspaper

Even with all the snow, I had a couple of calls, one from a seller and another from a potential buyer who wanted to see 111 Hamlet Hill Road #1007-Village of Cross Keys-Harper House Condominium.

My seller said, “I guess there is NO activity - who wants to look in this weather?” Positive me said, “I think this is a terrific time, because you can forget the snow if you live in a condo."

After I finished the driveway, the potential buyer called back and I let them know I could be available. They were surprised they could actually see the unit that day in this weather and on such short notice. Amazing how things happen when you answer the phone…and clear a driveway. These buyers had to dig their car out anyway, so visiting the condo was especially enticing.

Patio chairs with snow cushions

Bird feeders in the snow

A doorman held the door as we arrived and the plows and snow blowers were in use clearing sidewalks, driveways and parking lots. If they already lived at Harper House, they would have driven right into the garage, walked a few steps to the elevator and right up to the 10th floor.

Some of you are saying the only way to forget the snow is to move to a warmer climate. That is not an option for everyone and besides, some of us really enjoy the cold and the beauty of our winter season.

Some people have jobs and businesses, others have family that keep them in this area year round. Many people leave to follow the sun - going to Florida, California, or Arizona - but return for personal reasons. These same people may want or need to forget about the snow and live in a condo.

Many condos have underground parking garages or valet parking. All of them have someone to shovel the snow from the sidewalks and parking lots. Your responsibility is just to enjoy the sheer beauty of the winter wonderland, but not deal with the scraping, shoveling, sanding, salting (clay cat litter is a better choice, by the way.)

Here are some of my special properties that you can “almost” forget about the snow…and live in a condo.

1 Gristmill Ct. Annen Woods Baltimore, Md.21208 Doorman plus underground parking

3317 Old Post Drive Pikesville, Md. 21208 4 Car Garage Rancher!  Four car garage plus a carport!

45 Farmhouse Court- Annen Woods- Pikesville-Baltimore, Maryland 21208  Condo townhouse

7121 Park Heights Ave #505 Baltimore, Md 21215 Park Towers West  Doorman and Valet parking

7111 Park Heights Ave Park Towers East # 806-Baltimore,Md Condominium  Valet Parking and Doorman

7202 Rockland Hills Dr Baltimore, Md. 21209, #212  Low Condo fees in Baltimore County

1400 Lancaster Street Baltimore, Maryland Inner Harbor Penthouse #1003  Parking garage with 2 spaces

1000 Fell Street Penthouse Henderson's Wharf- Baltimore, Md 21231 Condo within a Hotel- Garage Parking


11 Slade Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21208  Doorman with Valet Parking

1718 Wilson Ave. Baltimore, Maryland 21227   Garage - two homes for the price of one!

3041 Falstaff Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21209, The Towers Condominium Inside Mail -Pet Friendly

111 Hamlet Hill Road #1007-Village of Cross Keys-Harper House Condominium Garage and Doorman 

 338 Kendig Drive Kendig Mill Station Garage Townhouse Owings Mills Md. 21117 Garage Townhome


And don't forget that there is still time to win one of my books – it's not too late just be a 10th,20th, 30th, etc. comment.  Active Rain Works...My Challenge - Can We Prove It?  

Nature's Snow Sculpture Beautiful naked trees with snow                                                       

                     Snow covered "almost" naked tree.

The snow is still here, and as beautiful as it is to look at, digging out a car that has been plowed into a snow bank is no fun. Forget the snow…live in a Baltimore condo!







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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Margaret, I hear there's a whole lot of shoveling going on in that part of the world!  I'm missing all the fun!

Dec 22, 2009 05:26 PM #9
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Pat,I remember when we went to Hawaii 14 years ago, there was a blizzard in Maryland. Don't forget to have more fun than just watching what you are missing back home. :)

Barb, Hope the right buyers are listening. Look forward to your photos.

Dec 22, 2009 09:15 PM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

When we get opens etc. and there has just been a measurable visit from Mother know you have someone who is very serious about buying.....and trading a condo for a snow shovel....ahhhhh.....happiest of holidays...followed your advice...more later.

Dec 22, 2009 10:09 PM #11
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sally, That's why I encourage sellers to put their homes on the market whenever they are ready. Only serious buyers are house shopping at this time. Let's talk later.


Dec 23, 2009 12:19 AM #12
Barbara Flannery
USA Realty,Inc. - London, KY
"Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky"

Merry Christmas Margaret,,,, I LOVE YOUR PICTURES!!!!  We had maybe 2 inches on Friday and it's all gone now and looks like it will be in the 50's on Christmas Day!!!!

Barbara Fr Ky

Dec 23, 2009 08:16 AM #13
Sabrina Kelley
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Woodland Park, CO
Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land

This is the second post I have read this week where clearing the driveway and stairs of snow has prompted business. I should get a call soon considering I am going out to fire up the tractor and clear off a bit of snow myself.

Dec 23, 2009 08:31 AM #14
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks Barbara, It is still very pretty here. Temps have stayed cold enough to prevent quick melting.

Sabrina, Do you think that clearing of the snow prompted the business or the writing about it? Who cares?  Hope  all our  phones start ringing with the right buyers!

Dec 23, 2009 08:44 AM #15
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Now that's dedication.  I walk past the snow blowers at the home depot and wonder who would use those.  After seeing the pics, now I know.

Dec 23, 2009 02:53 PM #16
494,722 ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals - Dallas, TX

Margaret what a great listing for people tired of shoveling the snow... I would not want to do so !

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. ! It's a great time of the year

Dec 23, 2009 04:42 PM #17
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Margaret,  Your pictures are beautiful.  I grew up in New York in a high rise.  In fact, my parents still live there, so I understand when you say, "Forget the in a condo."  Great idea.  If you live in a full-service building, you have nothing to worry about.  My daughter lives in New Jersey in a townhouse community and the HOA does the plowing there as well.

Dec 24, 2009 12:16 PM #18
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Margaret, I just stopped by to wish you and your family a VERY Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2009 12:11 AM #19
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Brian, This snow blower use was my first.

Lynn, Thanks for stopping by. I will be over to check out your posts soon.

Elyse, It is a wonderful perk living in condos/HOA's that take care of the shoveling and plowing.

Connie, You are the best.

Dec 25, 2009 04:42 AM #20
Marcia Hawken
Naples Luxury Specialist

Margaret, Thanks for the lovely pictures of the snow.  I am sitting in my condo in Naples Florida on Christams day in seventy degree weather  remembering all the snow shoveling when I lived in Toronto and Denver.  If you have to live in the north, it is a no brainer, as far as I am concerned.  Good post as usual.


Dec 25, 2009 09:11 AM #21
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Marcia, It is still delightfully cold and very pretty in Baltimore. Enjoy your warm Florida weather and the holiday season. 

Dec 25, 2009 09:32 AM #22
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Margaret - I remember those big, beautiful snowstorms in Baltimore.  I must say I enjoy being "shovel-free" in Los Angeles!

Dec 25, 2009 09:55 AM #23
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Norma, Keep enjoying LA.

Our very pretty snow of the past few days has turned into a forecast of fog, wind and rain tonight and tomorrow. Lucky that with temperatures in the 40's, icing will not be a problem. The rains will wash away most of the snow.

Dec 25, 2009 11:29 AM #24
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Happy New Year!

Dec 27, 2009 06:07 AM #25
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Russel, Thanks for the New Year wishes. Thanks for making this year special with your friendship!

Dec 27, 2009 09:42 AM #26
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Most of Oklahoma had lots of snow too... except my little corner of the world.. McCurtain County and Choctaw county where I am were clear.. sunshine.  Cold but nice. 

I keep looking at all of the pretty pictures of snow everywere but we haven't had any.  I'm kinda' enviousl

Dec 28, 2009 12:45 PM #27
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Judi, Our rain and 50 degree weather yesterday, pretty much wiped out the snow. Temperature has dropped, winds have picked up and we may have more precipitation for New Years.

Careful what you wish for.

Dec 28, 2009 01:56 PM #28
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