Oops, when property was listed owners insisted on attempting to get $550,000. They missed the window and ended up selling for $430,000 with a $13,000 subsidy. Creig Nothrup’s fine team stepped in, cut the price and moved the property. Maybe it was the billboard?
Sometimes not listening to good advice can cost you over $25,000.
It would be easy just to share the pictures of this home. People have been telling me that “a picture tells a thousand words”. Maybe. But maybe pictures only tell part of the story. You might want to experience the house one snap shot in time, but we recommend stopping by for a visit. The house has been cleaned and the kids toys have been put away. The owners have dusted and polished. Everything was done to prepare for your visit.
I sold the Johnson’s this house. It was perfect for them at the time. As I walked through the home with them, they proudly pointed out all of the changes and upgrades. Pictures can’t capture the feeling shared. I remember it then and it is so much better now. A house was made a home. But, buyers want pictures, so we took them.
Pictures can not capture how easily one can commute from this home to Baltimore or Washington. Next year, when the ICC opens completely, it will be even easier to get to Rockville and the rest of Montgomery County. The beauty of the location is partly found in the fact that there are several ways to get from here to there. This is not a one road home community or location.
This is a picture of the nearby Lake Elkhorn. The community has access to other lakes as well. The picture does show one view of the lake. You have to dig a little deeper in your imagination to really understand the quality of life that exists in Columbia. Close your eyes and feel the warm Summer sun, visualize the trees as they turn red, yellow and gold in the Fall, you can almost hear the geese and the good-byes they shout. Try to imagine your breath dancing through the air as you walk the shore on a December morn. Remember that every Spring, flowers will bloom, petals will dance in the wind and the grey will become green again. Pictures can’t tell that story, but it happens every year here.
A virtual tour will depict the home in “perfect” condition. It will not show you the joy that can be shared spending an afternoon with friends on the nearby championship golf course. Pictures can only show a two dimensional view of all the pools, the community amenities and other attractions in and around Columbia. Sure, we could share a picture of the crowd at one of the concerts at Merriweather Post ( located right smack dab in the middle of Columbia), but would that snapshot even begin to share the fun, joy and good times that occur all summer long? You have to actually sit on a blanket with friends, enjoy the sights and sounds… you are minutes from your front door. What may have been a long, post concert ride home, will now be a drive of but a few minutes to your front door.
One other piece of the puzzle that makes Columbia such a wonderful place to live is the fact that Howard Community College is located here. (It is next door to the Howard Community Hospital which is also nice to have in the neighborhood)
Howard Community College has a wide range of course and schedules and events that are open to everyone. You can finish a degree or just take a course to enrich your life. If you have high school age children, sending them to college here offers them the chance to learn from some of the areas best educators and still do homework at the kitchen table. Is it fair to say that when times are tight, your children deserve a comfort level. The ability to obtain a higher education in your hometown, saving on housing costs looks better every day.
I sure wish I had a magic camera that could capture the sense of community and fellowship that exists in Columbia. The focus on neighborhoods and people actually knowing one another is the foundation of friendships that last. 12107 Red Stream Way is but one home in Columbia. It is well taken care of by the owners. It is one home in a community that waits to welcome a new owner.
If you would be interested in seeing the home, let me know, I will make arrangements. If you do not have an agent representing you, I will gladly refer you to an agent. I want to sell the house, but I also want the buyer to have full representation. (This is a nice way of saying that if you think you can get a better deal by asking me to write the offer for you, the answer is no. No deal, no lack of representation.) My name is John MacArthur and I can be reached at 301-509-5111.