The Seller's Story - The Porch That Spelled LOVE

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

The seller's story


''In 1985, at age 36, I lived with my boyfriend Sam for seven years and was madly in love.  Since we both wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, I believed it would be more special if we shared a home rather than the beautiful three-bedroom highrise we enjoyed for many years.  Sam loved it there, with the doormen and other amenities those types of buildings offer. Reluctantly I dragged him to the beautiful street called Thoroughbred Lane.  They were two blocks of relatively new homes, about 1-3 years old.  The only home Sam could be remotely interested in was a new one, a turn-key fixer-uppers for him!  


The Realtor took us through a lovely home, the type that Sam probably could have been talked into.  But I had to be honest as we all piled into her car when I said it just doesn't feel like a home I could fall in love with.  Sam was relieved until we drove halfway down the street, and I think I practically screamed.

"Stop the car."

...there on Thoroughbred Lane was an old whitish-green farmhouse, sitting back on a large green wide front of grass, with a broad welcoming porch that spelled LOVE to me. 


the porch that says love


I said to our realtor,

"Now, if that house ever goes on the market, that's where I want to live forever!" 

 Happily for Sam, we did not go house hunting any more for at least six months.  We got caught up with the surprise that I was pregnant and expecting a boy, my first, Sam's 3rd, as he had two grown children and grandchildren too, one a year older and one a year younger than our son would be.  Life was getting complicated but filled with love-just the way I like it!  And, our new home will be just the catalyst to bring everyone together...and boy, did it!!!


To put it mildly, Sam did not want any part of this house.  All he saw was a money pit, with its torn-off wallpaper and drab colors everywhere, with lifeless, decorating details.  I could visualize exactly as it would be, and it would be beautiful.  It wasn't long before everyone, including Sam, who entered our home, would fall in love with it and get captured within the warmth it always offered its guest.

Late in my pregnancy, the Realtor called to tell me that "remember  that old farmhouse on Thoroughbred Lane - it's for sale!"

The rest, as they say, "is history!"



Now it is time to find new buyers to love 3820 Thoroughbred Lane and make beautiful memories just like Marlene!



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Worthington area of Baltimore County


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Comments (11)

Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo


Jul 23, 2021 08:36 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Great story Margaret. By the way here is a tree that says "Goodbye"...Jeff 😎

tree bike

Jul 23, 2021 11:20 PM
Ed Silva

That's almost as good as seeing a tree sprouting through a junk car

Jul 24, 2021 02:13 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI ,

Do you know the history behind this bike /tree?

Jul 24, 2021 02:44 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Margaret - thanks for sharing that story.  A house is an emotional thing and when you see that house just like that other person you know it.

Jul 24, 2021 05:34 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Grant Schneider  As an agent, we love when this happens.

 "  A house is an emotional thing, and when you see that house just like that other person, you know it."



Jul 24, 2021 02:50 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love the seller's story. That home is waiting for the next people to love it as much as the sellers!

Jul 24, 2021 05:37 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat Palmiotti, I have the best sellers! Looking for that right buyer!

Jul 24, 2021 02:51 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Margaret! Now that is a house story you just have to love!

Jul 24, 2021 05:38 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Rocky Dickerson, I do love this story and am happy to share it with everyone!

Jul 24, 2021 02:52 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - stories begin in all sorts of ways, you can tell this was one "meant-to-be".  Like love stories, real estate stories can be quite similar.  They have a certain specialness about them.  

Jul 24, 2021 10:11 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Michael Jacobs, This was definitely a "meant-to-be''  house/love story.

Jul 24, 2021 02:55 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret thank you for sharing a piece of your past that I was not familiar with.

Jul 24, 2021 01:37 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

George Souto This story is not mine but the owner of my new listing!

Jul 24, 2021 02:56 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You should have that story printed out for all to see when they get inside the house

Jul 24, 2021 02:14 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ed Silva, Good idea. 

I will print some and have them with me. My plan is to also share it on my radio show tomorrow.

Jul 24, 2021 02:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Margaret:

What a great story. As we often find buyers know when a certain property is THE ONE even if there are some issues, or perhaps some trepidation.

I love the look of this place - reminds me of living in New England where having a screened porch WAS essential.  Bet someone else will come along and fall in love right away.


Jul 24, 2021 03:15 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jeff Dowler, CRS This home does look like a New England property. When we can make the right match, the right home... everyone is  a winner!

Jul 24, 2021 04:03 PM