Hot House: 16207 Corbett Village Lane, Monkton, MD. 21111

German-style Victorian farmhouse, circa 1887, in fair condition. Wood clapboard, shingle and metal roof. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths over three stories and 1,728 sq. ft. Original floorplan, living room with fireplace, dining room, large country kitchen with gas fireplace, full bath on first floor. Original wood floors and moldings throughout. Master bedroom and large master bath on second floor. Two further beds and full bath on third floor. Unfinished basement, central a/c. .15 acre lot: $310,000 (recently reduced)

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What: This is what is commonly referred to as a Handiman’s Special. The systems are working, but the bathrooms are old, there’s little to no insulation, and the closets are tiny, although the rooms and windows are a good size. On the other hand, it’s got picture-postcard looks; it’s in the Hereford School District, gets lots of sunshine and has a location in historic Corbett Village in Monkton. The NCR trail runs along the Gunpowder River, down at the end of the lane. For someone outdoorsy, handy, and looking to be a little away-from-it-all, this would be an idyllic spot.

Where: Corbett Village is a tiny village built in the late 1800s at a flag stop on the old Northern Central Railroad. (The train would stop if a flag indicated there were passengers or cargo to pick up.) Corbett Village once had a General Store, a post office, a schoolhouse, a Methodist Church, a doctor’s office and a sawmill. Over the years, the businesses failed, and people moved away. Train service finally stopped in the 1960s. When the NCR biking and walking trail was built over the old rail lines, Corbett Village was a little more than a crossing point. But people like living here. It’s a picturesque spot, and its 20 or so houses, all of the same vintage, feel like a trip back in time. From I-83 North, take exit 84 to Belfast Road. It’s another few miles from there. It’s about 15 minutes to the Hunt Valley Towne Centre and about 45 minutes to downtown Baltimore.

Why: Charming house, cool location.

Why Not: Scary ’80s era jacuzzi in first-floor bathroom.

Would Suit: Buyers looking for a project. Chip and Joanna from HGTV’s Fixer-Upper.

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