Schmokes buy vacation home on waterfront near Annapolis

January 07, 1996|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,SUN STAFF

Sometimes, even the mayor needs to get out of Baltimore.

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who likes to promote the benefits of living in the big city, and his wife, Patricia, have chosen another place for weekend retreats -- a quiet home on the waterfront near Annapolis.

The Schmokes have purchased a $300,000 bungalow on a shady, waterfront lot in the Arundel on the Bay community, a few miles outside Maryland's capital.

Mrs. Schmoke, an ophthalmologist who spent her childhood summers with her grandparents in nearby Oyster Harbor, noticed the vacant home on a visit sometime ago and fell in love with it, the mayor said.

"It's a family getaway place, but Patricia will be the first to admit that the dream that's being fulfilled is hers," Mr. Schmoke said.

On Oct. 24, the couple bought the property on Hollywood Avenue in a private sale with a 15-year, $150,000 mortgage, records show. Although the property was assessed to be worth $382,360, it is mainly because the land alone was valued at $333,150, according to state tax records. The frame bungalow was valued at $49,210.

The Schmokes have begun an overhaul of their bungalow -- but just for vacations. Mr. Schmoke, who often works through the weekends, said he would only go to Annapolis occasionally to relax.

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