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 operation....no 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.
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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