Modern-day homesteaders gladly stake their claims 4 dozen homesites secured off Rt. 30

September 13, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing writer

HAMPSTEAD -- Clay Van Horn had the dubious distinction of being a line leader this weekend.

The line he was leading held some 25 people who were waiting to stake their claim on one of 48 available single-family homesites in the Robert's Field community located off Rt. 30 in Hampstead.

"I have been here since Wednesday at 6 p.m.," said Mr. Van Horn. "I took two days of vacation from work so I could get here and get a good shot at choosing the lot my wife and I want."

Beginning at 11 a.m. yesterday, those fortunate enough to get through the sales door had the opportunity to choose a lot and secure it for a deposit of $1,000.

The 31-year-old Baltimore resident, who works for Baltimore Gas and Electric, said location and the fact that Robert's Field was using gas as the utility sold him and his wife, Margaret on the north Carroll community.

"A friend of my wife's had told us about Robert's Field, and we first came out here to look in June," Mr. Van Horn recalled. "I work in downtown Baltimore and my wife works in Owings Mills, and we were looking for a reasonable commute. We found a home style that we wanted. And it was affordable."

Martin K. P. Hill, president of Masonry Contractors Inc., said this was the second time this year people "camped out" to get a choice lot in the community, which first opened in 1985.

"This happened in February when we opened the final plot for Section I. There were 32 families who waited to select 38 lots there," Mr. Hill said. "It's not be cause there is a lack of land that is drawing the people out here, it's the lifestyle, the community and the fact we are offering an affordable product."

Mr. Hill said the affordability is reflected in the wide range of prices for town homes and single-family dwellings.

In addition to the single-family homesites, about 45 town homes will also be available in Section II of the community.

"Right now the price for a 1200-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-and-one-half bath town home is $89,350. Single-family homes range from $102,875 to $142,990," Mr. Hill said.

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