To successfully represent landmark architecture, a representative must be sensitive to the fabric of the building and able to discuss its features and history. The historic value of properties is emphasized by accurate descriptions, ads, and brochures and with creatively presented tours. We pride ourselves in how well we understand and present our properties.
Old-house owners and owners of properties of unique and classic style (including contemporary) regard their buildings with special affection and appreciation. Buyers of these buildings are discerning and informed. Effective marketing requires a presentation that is both sophisticated and engaging and creatively links a knowledgeable buyer with an available old building.
Listings in this specialized portfolio are normally at least seventy-five years old but some new buildings are so beautifully designed with grounds so well presented that they are immediately landmarks. A contemporary “glass” house comes to mind. Properties represented have ranged in value from $50,000 to $5,000,000.
Nancy McDonald McGuire is first and foremost a preservationist, an “old house person.” Reared in an 18th century house, she lived the wonders of an historic property. As an adult she has enjoyed restoring houses and exploring the value of past architectural styles and building methods. She currently lives in a c. 1723 telescope house in Chestertown, Maryland. Several decades ago, while pursuing a career in real estate, she discovered that old buildings “fell through the cracks” and were misunderstood.
The world of old houses continued to beckon and inspire. After serving as the historic site Director for Preservation Maryland at Waverly (c. 1740) she became more convinced than ever of the value of old buildings and so returned to the real estate profession dedicated to representing vintage architecture.
An historic property must be approached and presented uniquely. Maryland Heritage Properties’ mission is to represent historic buildings with the care and understanding these irreplaceable resources deserve.