Charming Home of the Week: the star of the neighborhood.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Sometimes we look at a house but what we really want to do is cross the street, knock on the door, and ask the neighbor (of the house that is very much not for sale, unfortunately) for a tour. That wouldn't be strange at all, right? 

True story - that happens to me quite often. Just recently my buyers and I were house hunting around Lake Linganore in New Market, MD. My clients would love to call this area home and settle in for life at the lake. The amenities the Lake Linganore community has to offer are many: beaches, hiking trails, picnics, farmer's markets, movie nights, playgrounds, pools, ballparks... it's almost like a year-round vacation spot. Even the drive to I-70 to commute to work is a scenic one. 

The good news is that there's always Real Estate for sale. The not-so-good news is that lots of buyers are competing for it. One of the homes we toured happened to have an open house and a line out the door. The house had an interesting lay-out and amazing upgrades, but what really caught our attention was the house across the street! 

This custom home is not the vintage charmer that usually catches my eye, but it is - no doubt - the star of this Lake Linganore neighborhood, and probably just as stunning on the inside than it is on the outside. That porch alone has me dreaming of warm summer nights and sipping red wine (the Linganore Winecellars are nearby) while counting the stars above. 

Lake Linganore Custom Homes


It's always been the vintage, the old house charm and the original details that I adore the most, that draw me in, make my [REALTOR®] heart flutter, and prompt me to pause, to listen, and then to retell their stories. I specialize in finding and marketing charming homes that are unique and rich in character, or history, or both. I believe in preservation, second chances, saving the pink bathrooms, and front porch living. In this series I highlight charming homes that I am listing to find just the right buyer for or I am admiring with my special clients; or that have simply caught my eye while exploring the [historic] communities of Maryland and [far] beyond. Adore charming homes as much as I do? Then I'd love it if you'd follow me on Instagram, @onceuponahaus is where I grow my curated collection. ♥

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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Co., REALTORS®

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Comments (11)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good evening Andrea. First question when the owner comes to the door: “ would you consider selling for the right offer?”. If yes, second question: “Is it possible for my clients to tour the home quickly to see if the interior is right for them?” If you don’t ask the answer is always no! Enjoy your evening 

May 06, 2021 04:18 PM
Andrea Bedard

I was very tempted Wayne, but we also knew that this stunning custom home would be out of my clients' pricerange. You are so right "if I don't ask, the answer is always no". 

May 06, 2021 07:17 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, that home would catch my eye too, it has definite curb appeal! 

May 06, 2021 04:45 PM
Andrea Bedard

Really stunning - even better in person Joan! 

May 06, 2021 07:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Andrea- I can see why you'd be attracted to that home!!!  It's quaint and fresh. 

May 06, 2021 05:01 PM
Andrea Bedard

It was a show stopper for sure. We overheard a few other open house guest "oh, look at that house". It certainly didn't hurt the listing that was actually on the market. It was under contract the next day. 

May 06, 2021 07:19 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think that this particular area have a lot to offer the entire market to the whole year

May 06, 2021 09:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

WE have historic preservation zones in certain parts of Los Angeles and I am happy  that the buyers preserve the homes for the sake of vintage charm...having lived in Boston, MA I appreciate hundres plus year old home:)Endre

May 06, 2021 11:54 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Andrea - everything about that house speaks to me.  It truly is picture perfect.  The owners take very good care of it.

May 07, 2021 03:48 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is indeed a great-looking home and it appears to be very well kept by the owners!

May 07, 2021 05:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - I understand the importance of appeal when it comes to certain neighbothoods and perhaps a particular property.  And, yes, that's real estate.  After all it's about location...location...location.  But it's also so much more.  Otherwise houses would be ones business when it's really about finding homes.

May 07, 2021 06:05 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job Andrea Bedard now you did bring a second glass for me there, right?

May 07, 2021 01:10 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I love love love this Home Of The Week series.  Andrea Bedard, I do think the owners of these homes would love to see what you have written. 

May 10, 2021 10:45 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea:

I suspect we have all had the experience of showing a home and seeing another acrss the street that is even more appealing. Guess you never know about the owner being willing to see until you ask.

I liked both the homes you pictured but the 2nd one really caught my eye...great curb appeal.


May 13, 2021 10:17 PM