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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
To show potential home buyers that they have the chops to complete a top-flight rowhouse renovation, City Life Builders last week opened a rehab model home in East Baltimore. The two-story, red-brick home is on North Collington Avenue between Ashland Avenue and East Madison Street. You can't miss the lime green front door at the top of the white marble steps. "We've got this process down," said Anne Riggle, City Life's president. The firm has rehabbed scores of homes throughout Baltimore since the early 1980s and has also built several new home communities.  This model home, blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital, is intended to take their rehab business to the next level.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
To show potential home buyers that they have the chops to complete a top-flight rowhouse renovation, City Life Builders last week opened a rehab model home in East Baltimore. The two-story, red-brick home is on North Collington Avenue between Ashland Avenue and East Madison Street. You can't miss the lime green front door at the top of the white marble steps. "We've got this process down," said Anne Riggle, City Life's president. The firm has rehabbed scores of homes throughout Baltimore since the early 1980s and has also built several new home communities.  This model home, blocks from Johns Hopkins Hospital, is intended to take their rehab business to the next level.
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May 19, 1995
For the past two years, neighborhoods around Patterson Park in East Baltimore have been promoting the affordable rowhouses in their communities. They have now taken an interesting new step by opening a model home at 17 North Linwood Avenue, just north of the park."
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2013
There's a brick home in Highlandtown, on a prominent corner of Eastern Avenue, that has become a contradiction. Parts of it are more than 100 years old - varying shades of brick and mortar show where additions have been hewn to the primary structure. Yet several weeks ago, a banner appeared on the side of the house announcing that it is a "Future Model Home. " The property is not what springs to mind when the phrase "model home" is uttered: new construction in a subdivision that will be re-created by a builder after a buyer commits to a homesite.
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February 6, 1992
The thieves who burglarized a Linthicum model home Monday night found the effort wasn't worth the trouble.The burglars broke into a home in the 400 block of Hollins Ferry Road, pulled a safe out of a wall in the dining room and used screwdrivers to force it open, police said. Nothing was stolen and the safe was empty.Investigators said the thieves probably entered the home through an unlocked door. Police found clothing, a blanket, deodorant and toothpaste in the basement of the home, leading them to believe someone had been sleeping in the vacant house.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | December 11, 1991
Plans to build a model environmental home on county land threaten efforts by the Severn River Land Trust to preserve a "greenway" along the river banks.Grant DeHart, executive director of the Maryland Environment Trust, said the Severn land trust is encouraging waterfront property owners to preserve permanently their undeveloped land between the Arlington Echo Environmental Education Center, the Severn RunEnvironmental Area and Indians Landing.So far the negotiations have gone well, DeHart said.
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By Patrick Tyler and Patrick Tyler,SUN STAFF | July 4, 2004
Maryland State Police suspect that a man who assaulted a female real estate agent in a Carroll County model home in April may be visiting model homes in Harford County, according to Maj. Greg Shipley. State police said a man matching the description of the assailant in Carroll County has been seen at model homes in Harford County staffed by female real estate agents during the past two weeks. In April, a man assaulted a female real estate agent in an Eldersburg model home by striking her head from behind with a blunt object, police said.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | June 12, 1995
A group of Westminster students -- from kindergarten to 12th grade -- has its own art gallery, of sorts.Gilligan Homes, a Glen Burnie contractor, has decorated one of its model homes in Diamond Hills with original artworks from students at Friendship Elementary, East Middle and Westminster High schools."
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By Ginger Thompson | May 15, 1991
On the third floor of her row house near Patterson Park, Violet Tudor has pots of bright flowers and lush house plants that she has nurtured for years. But she only gets to enjoy their beauty once a week.Mrs. Tudor, 62, has a fragile heart, and her doctor has ordered her to avoid climbing the stairs except when absolutely necessary.She is one of thousands of elderly Baltimoreans who are challenged by daily activities that others take for granted -- such as climbing the stairs, reaching plates in high cabinets or even going to the bathroom.
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By Adele Evans | June 23, 1991
A model home for the disabled, which had been scheduled to open in Baltimore County last year, has been stalled by the recession. But engineers in charge of the project say "Future Home" still has a future.As envisioned by its creators, Future Home will feature voice-activated lighting and security systems, remote-operated video components and a variety of other "senses" designed to aid the disabled in daily living.But the 5,000-square-foot project, which involves renovation of a 140-year-old home in Phoenix, is still far from completion.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
You might pass by 1352 Key Highway thinking it just another high-tech Inner Harbor office building. Slow down next time and take a good look at what might be one of the most unusual residences in Baltimore. The property, notable for its opaque glass exterior, is a show-stopper with five levels, four of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows. As one-half of a townhouse duplex built in 2009, the east-facing structure is constructed of stucco, metal, brick and, naturally, glass. "It shows like a model home.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Many Marylanders live on the water, but the owner of this contemporary townhouse in Baltimore can walk out on three balconies and be over the water. The five-level home, built in 2006, sold for $1,125,000, about $100,000 less than the asking price. "This home was fun to sell because it showed so well and had excellent views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor from every level," said real estate agent William J. Ganz III, who listed the townhouse at 647 Ponte Villas South. "Combined with the fact that it is located in the private, gated Pier Homes at Harborview community, it was just a matter of time before it sold.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
A Reisterstown home that sold in September for $1.25 million stood out because of its large, wooded lot. "Most of the properties in the area are on one acre or a portion of an acre," said Susan Hartman, the agent who sold the 10-year-old property. Hartman is with O'Conor & Mooney Realtors in Lutherville and sells residences across the state, she said. But this five-bedroom home sits on a piece of land that is nearly 22 acres, making it one of the largest lots in the Beaverbrook subdivision.
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January 12, 2012
KB Home is celebrating the grand opening of its newest community, Berkshire Place, Saturday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m., 8601 Summer Waves Way, in Laurel. The public is invited to see the townhouse designs and participate in a cake decorating class by Cannelloni Cooking School. Participants will have the opportunity to take advantage of free on-site ownership consultations and room-by-room tours. To RSVP for the event, call 571-419-5182.
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By Marie Gullard | Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2010
The Ruzickas' two-story traditional home in the Perry Hall development of Bentley's Ridge bears a striking resemblance to several others on the block. The couple couldn't care less. "It's a cookie cutter on the outside," Janet Ruzicka said. "But it has everything we ever wanted on the inside." The two looked for more than two years for the right home, checking out much larger houses. Many, they said, were "a waste of space for just two people." Then they found Bentley's Ridge, and immediately knew it was the right place for them just from the model home.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | September 21, 2008
When Joan Rogers tours a model home, it's not because she's house-hunting, but because she's taking in the interior design. Rogers has been window-shopping this way for a decade, curious to see what's hot and what's not in home fashions. "I like to see what kind of art they use. I like to see the window treatments and the colors. It's neat, clean - everything is perfect," the Timonium resident said. Some people devour home-decor magazines; others are home-TV-show junkies. But Rogers prefers to be in the midst of it. "This is better because you are three-dimensional.
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By Rachel Brown and Rachel Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 27, 1999
Walk into a model home of a new upscale development and a potential buyer will feel as if they have walked into something out of the pages of Architectural Digest.An immaculate kitchen. Perfectly made beds. Wallpaper beautifully hung and blended with the proper paint tones. Ralph Lauren furniture. Perhaps, Laura Ashley fabrics.You get the feeling that you're not looking at just a model house you feel as if you are home.Builders and developers have been furnishing model homes for more than 20 years, but over time it has evolved from merely filling empty rooms to showcasing a lifestyle and it's now a science and an art unto itself.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 16, 2003
Planners of Baltimore's annual Artscape festival this year are exploring a different way to expose people to the arts in public - by creating an environment that might make them think they never left home. As part of the 22nd-annual arts festival (July 25-27), organizers are building a "model home" that will double as a backdrop for art created for display in a residential setting. Artscape typically presents large-scale works of art outdoors or in galleries at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and it will continue to do so this year, explained Gary Kachadourian, visual arts coordinator for the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, the city agency producing the event.
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By ILYCE GLINK | October 5, 2007
I am interested in a new-home community (non-gated) in Leesburg, Fla., and would like some advice on what procedures should be taken to negotiate a good deal (including getting top perks and upgrades, or price) on a new-construction home in that area with current market conditions. I also want to avoid potential problems and protect myself legally. I'm wondering what should be included in a contract, and how should I negotiate changes to a new construction contract. Should I do a background check on the builder?
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