Not Your Every Day Open House

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

Open House WelcomeThe evening was a hot one, even for early September in the Baltimore area. The open house was to start at 6:30, and at 6:00 there was already a crowd gathering outside, fanning themselves – at least there was a breeze, though a warm one. To be fair to the owners, we wouldn't open until the official start time. After all, it's not easy getting 6,000 sq.ft. in open house condition, working full time, having a life, and sharing the space with a couple of beautiful greyhounds. The question was – should we turn on the air conditioning, or open all the French doors and let the breezes in? We did both, and so some spaces were cool and some were breezy.

Triadelphia RoadBefore the opening I had time to talk with the crowd of more than 30 prospective buyers and share all the wonderful stuff I know about this historic building and my dear friend, the artist Tatiana. I showed them the cornerstone that reads 1889, and we had time to walk the property and see the freestanding building that housed Tatiana's kiln. What treasures of ceramic art came from that smoke-stained building! The building would make a great workshop, classroom, or storage space.

Deck The adjacent cemetery brings different reactions from people. The cemetery was begun when the building was used as a church, and was sold many years ago to the former congregation who still care for it. Some people, often the creative, artists, writers, etc., find the space very calming and peaceful. The extensive decking provides the perfect place to sit and contemplate.

Addition Greenhouse WindowsThere were plenty of questions and it was great to watch the anticipation build as the time grew close to go inside. Not everything about the building is clear from the outside, and the green house windows drew plenty of speculation. Designed by Tatiana's late husband, William Potts who was an architect and used it as his studio, this part of the addition has its own private front entrance as well as a "secret" curved stairway from the inside.

Gourmet KitchenFamily RoomWhen the doors opened at 6:30 it was fun to watch the expressions of young and old take in the huge space with the original ceilings, floors, and windows. And then to see how Tatiana, who lived here for more than 30 years, made use of the gourmet kitchen and the huge sunroom. Asked about access, I showed one very nice lady with a cane the ramp in the rear. (She of course reassured me that she did not need it!)

I asked the children if they would like to live here, and was answered with such excitement..."Yeah, this would be cool!" So I of course suggested they all go pick out their rooms and then report back to me. One wanted the studio apartment, one wanted the cool room upstairs with the round stained window, one wanted Tatiana's bedroom and was fascinated by her Japanese RED soaking tub. Remember, I was using my former Pediatric RN training - get the kids involved.

Quiet NookRed Tub

I pointed out  the possibility of using the huge library as a master bedroom since it has a full bath attached. The glaze room area with its small office and bath would be an ideal place for a laundry. And that still leave four bedrooms plus two more baths and a full laundry upstairs.

During all this Paul Sobwick, our good-looking auctioneer, was listening and talking and making everyone comfortable, answering questions about the auction and how it works. Paul had some fun with the crowd, too. We had printed up some flyers asking the buyers to guess the final selling price. The person who comes closest will win dinner at a very nice local restaurant.French Doors Open

We  stayed until almost 9:00 pm, sitting outside and talking about how successful the open house was and what good energy we all felt. We are all very excited about the upcoming auction in just two weeks on September 20.

This was definitely not your every day open house!


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Update!  Was finally able to get two more special photos of this unique property.

1889 Corner StoneThe 1889 cornerstone anchors the building in history and somehow makes the history real. 

 

Kiln BuildingAnd here is that wonderfully smoky kiln building with its memories of creating elegant art works.  Note the old school bell, too! 

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Comments (30)

Sandi Bauman
Chico Homes Real Estate - Chico, CA
Chico CA Realtor
Very interesting post, Margaret!  The house is absolutely intriguing... leaves me wanting to see more pictures!  Congrats on your great turn-out.  You obviously did your homework, and it paid off.
Sep 10, 2007 02:05 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Sandi, Thank you for your wonderful comments. There are a few more photos on my website.

 

Sep 10, 2007 02:11 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Margaret, I have got to get by to see this place!  I've driven by it so many times and thought the house and setting were amazing!  Your photos really bring the place to life! 
Sep 10, 2007 10:27 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Pat,

Come by Saturday at 12 noon. I have to be there for an out of the country buyer! I would love to see you!

Sep 11, 2007 01:03 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Margaret, What a beautiful property...thanks for sharing such lovely pictures and giving such a descriptive account; I felt like I was there in person !

Jo 

Sep 11, 2007 06:03 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
Now that is an Open House!  Great work Margaret!!
Sep 11, 2007 06:42 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jo-Anne, Thanks. I wish you could be here in person. You have some wonderful properties on your site!

Jason, Yep, that was not the typical open house.

Sep 11, 2007 06:58 AM
Terri Baumann
Bears Den Real Estate - Redding, CA

Well I checked out all the photo's and I love the old black and white one of the church way back when...maybe you have a before and after someplace or in the listing.  I couldn't log on to see more pictures, it required a password.  I wanted to see if you had one of the cornerstone that said 1889.  I also love how you told the kids to pick out their bedrooms, I'm going to use that one on my next open house...thanks for the tip!

 

I have no clue what something like that would sell for, being in Redding, California I could guess depending on the area but I have no idea's without searching the web so I guess I'll just have to wait till the auction.

 

Good luck and sounds like you know how to market a unique property like that.  You have given me some idea.

     

Sep 11, 2007 07:29 AM
Scott Cowan
RE/MAX Professionals - Olympia, WA

What a great space. Please do keep us informed of what it sells for.  I have picked up a couple of ideas here as well that I will be using in my upcoming open houses.

Thanks for sharing with all of us on AR.

 

Best,

Scott 

Sep 11, 2007 10:23 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Terri, I will try to take a photo of the cornerstone and post it here. Thanks so much for your comments and I am glad you got some ideas here.

Scott, Glad some of these techniques have been of help to you.

Sep 11, 2007 11:11 AM
Anonymous
Malynda

 

All I can say is WOW!!!   When creative heads get together...magic happens.

Best with the auction.   

 

Sep 11, 2007 12:34 PM
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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Malynda, And thanks for your creative head for introducing us!! Always will be grateful!
Sep 11, 2007 01:04 PM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Wow!  I'd love to have an open house with 30 potential buyers, but I'd love even more to be marketing such a unique and beautiful home!!!  Best of luck with the auction!!!!
Sep 11, 2007 03:00 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Chris, This has been a wonderful challenge.. marketing such a a unique property. Just waiting for the perfect buyer who will love this historic home!

Sep 12, 2007 12:10 AM
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904
What a fabulous Home!   Beautiful just beautiful!    Makes me wish I lived there!  It is a perfect retreat for a creative person.
Sep 13, 2007 01:12 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Allison, I wish you lived here also. This home is such a special place for creativity. We are excited about the auction. Thanks for stopping by.
Sep 14, 2007 01:52 AM
Bill Duncan
Home Status Inspection Company, LLC - Haymarket, VA
What a great place!  I would love to inspect a house like this.  I did do a Civil War era farm house earlier this year.  It had the original timbers with bark on them in the basement.  Stacked stone foundation. Knob and tube wiring. 
Oct 14, 2007 01:37 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Bill, Maybe the new buyer would like to use you as an inspector.

 Our settlement is scheduled for next Friday.

Oct 14, 2007 01:45 PM
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HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Jan 25, 2009 09:18 PM
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Anonymous, Glad this was helpful. Hoping you are an Active Rain member. If not I would like to encourage you to join.

Jun 05, 2009 08:09 AM