Schaefer, Snoops townhouses in Pasadena to be sold for charity

April 02, 2009|By Laura Vozzella | Laura Vozzella,laura.vozzella@baltsun.com

Two side-by-side townhouses that were once home to former Gov. William Donald Schaefer and his longtime companion, Hilda Mae Snoops, go on sale Thursday in Pasadena's Chestnut Hill Cove community.

Schaefer has donated both properties to the Baltimore Community Foundation, which hopes to sell them and use the proceeds to help endow the William Donald Schaefer Civic Fund, the foundation announced Wednesday.

The fund, created a year ago with Schaefer's leftover campaign funds, supports a program that awards neighborhood grants. Most of the grants are less than $5,000 and are used for small projects such as community signs and gardens.

Schaefer was still governor and the Springhouse Lane townhouses were brand new when he and Snoops acquired them in 1990, according to state real estate records. Back then, the price for Schaefer's end unit was $148,550 and Snoops' center unit cost $139,000.

When a real estate agent ceremoniously plants "For Sale" signs out front Thursday morning, list prices will be $249,000 for Schaefer's house and $239,000 for Snoops'.

Snoops died in 1999. Schaefer, who owns both houses, lived in his until moving to Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville last April.

"We're very excited, and it's a great thing he's doing for the community," said Schaefer aide Lainy LeBow-Sachs. The neighborhood grants "signify what he's been about."

Schaefer himself made light of his donating "the nice little houses," saying, "Isn't that nice of me?"

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