Buying a home in a designated historic district in Maryland

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Buying a home in a designated historic district in Maryland


So, you would really like to be king or Queen Of Your Own Castle but - let's face it - those are not exactly readily available in Maryland! Buying a home in a historic district may just be the perfect compromise. There is something to be said about the look and feel of a historic home. The charm is one of a kind and the mystery about its past intriguing.

There are several historic areas throughout central Maryland, from the well-known Mainstreet in Ellicott City, downtown Annapolis and Frederick or the several neighborhoods-spanning Historic District of Takoma Park in Montgomery County, MD to the smaller, quaint, tucked-away communities like Lawyer's Hill in Elkridge, Fieldstone in Randallstown or Brookeville, MD.

A historic district is defined as a specific geographic area with sites
structures therein that have historic or architectural significance and its
 preservation is deemed to be of high value to the town/city/county/state
 and its inhabitants. 
On a local level, historic districts are designated by the County Council.

 If you are considering buying a historic home in a designated district in Maryland then there are some special considerations you should pay attention to:


  • A special disclosure notice is required when selling a historic home - there should never be a mystery whether or not it is part of it or a "but-I-didn't-know-it-was"-moment after the purchase
  •  Owners of a historic home are expected to preserve the historic character of the house and the community.
  •  All exterior improvements or modifications require prior approval by the Landmarks commission and respective community board, except replacement-in-kind
  •  Interior improvements/modifications do not
  • You should hire a home inspector specializing in historic homes


Tax credits are available to home-owners to restore a historic home and/or make energy-efficient improvements, e.g. replacing a roof, renovating a bathroom and even painting. They are available on the State and Federal level. Take note that applications will not be accepted after the fact. They must be received and approved before you start any project in order to be eligible. The Maryland Historical Trust also administers loan programs to assist with your preservation efforts.



What are the advantages of buying a home in a designated historic district in Maryland?


  • a district can control the appearance of any new
    development within the community, it ensures
    a uniform character and appeal of the neighborhood
  •  they contribute to environmental sustainability by reusing and extending the life of existing resources
  • they stabilize older communities
  •  they spark interest in local history 
  •  they foster community feel & pride
  •  and thus have a positive effect on property values





Maryland Historical Trust

The Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions


Evaluation and Designation of Historic Properties


National Trust for Historic Preservation


National Register Listings


Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation


Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission


I invite you to take a trip to the beautiful historic districts throughout Maryland, stroll down Mainstreet - enjoy, admire and get inspired.


If you are thinking about purchasing a home in Montgomery, Anne Arundel or Howard County, Maryland, I would welcome the opportunity to help you find it!

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 17+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, is fluent in Real Estate & German, pro preservation, passion and coffee fueled. 

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Comments (5)

Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Andrea -- you hit a home run with this post.  A great local angle, plenty of useful information and links.  It has it all -- great job!  Also, you'll have to tell me about the 'subscribe to my feed' link at the bottom -- that looks like a great idea.  best, Eric

Jul 17, 2011 05:26 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you Eric for the great feedback! I'll sent you an e-mail shortly with the other info.

Jul 18, 2011 02:50 AM
Kathleen Donovan
RE/MAX South County - Charlestown, RI
GRI, CBR, SRES, South County RI Residential Speci

Hi Andrea, this is a great post, I enjoyed reading it. If I get to MD, I would love to check out the historic districts; great local info and resources !

Jul 18, 2011 03:27 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Just let me know Kathleen, I'd be happy to show you around!

Jul 18, 2011 03:35 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Andrea, I have a home in the historic neighborhood of Hunting Ridge but the house, built in 1957, is not historic. Best of my opinion.

I have sold in historic Fieldstone.

Mar 16, 2014 09:09 AM