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Meet the Baltimore Barbie(s)

5 Written by: | Monday, Dec 02, 2013 9:44am

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Let’s start right off with a warning. If you’re not partial to broad stereotypes, this probably isn’t for you. A list of (fake) Barbie dolls representing many corners of the city, from Roland Park to Glen Burnie, has been circulating on the internet recently. Each Barbie comes with her own accessories and a more-or-less on point description. Take the Roland Park Barbie, pictured above:

“This princess Barbie is sold only at Cross Keys. She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade Handbags, a Lexus SUV, a long-haired foreign dog named Honey and a cookie-cutter house. Available with or without tummy tuck and face lift. Workaholic Ken sold only in conjunction with the augmented version.”
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Ellicott City’s Enchanted Forest Commemorated in New Book

0 Written by: | Monday, Aug 12, 2013 10:37am

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Despite shutting down more than 20 years ago, Ellicott City’s Enchanted Forest theme park inspires rabid nostalgia among locals, even those with nothing but distant childhood memories of the place. Seriously, I try to avoid driving past that Safeway with the king pointing his finger when I’ve got a native in the car.

A new book about the low-tech, nursery-rhyme-themed attraction, The Enchanted Forest: Memories of Maryland’s Storybook Park, is sure to fuel even more in the way of pleasant reminiscences and bitter longing.  Read More →

Ellicott City, Featured, Lifeline, Links

Four Llamas, 30 Cats, 16 Alpacas, and a Peacock: Ellicott City Farm Family Lives Happily off Their Land

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 14, 2013 8:32am

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“I may smell like pig!” Alison Martini Meyer tells me, laughing, when I’m moved to hug her goodbye after a visit to her vet clinic in Silver Spring. At her generous invitation, I’ve transported a sick and dizzy and can’t-walk rescue kitten from a shelter in Baltimore. “We’ll keep him here and run tests,” she says calmly, walking quickly through the clinic in jeans and flats. The pretty brunette 40-something works here half the week and spends other weekdays at home on the nearby range of western Howard County tending land and animal and little child. Her loaded life’s super inspiring to an animal lover like me, who wants to help critters in need but does so only in small doses. Read More →

Ellicott City, Lifeline

Victims Tweeted Before Crash, UPDATE: Death Caused by Asphyxia

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012 4:40pm

“Levitating,” Rose Mayr tweeted before the crash. The picture shows the girls’ feet dangling over the bridge.

The two college students who were tragically killed in the train derailment in Ellicott City late Monday night left tweets from the bridge over Main Street where they were before the crash.  Rose Mayr and Elizabeth Nass, both 19-year-old college students and 2010 graduates of Mt. Hebron High, were enjoying a summer evening on the bridge.

“Drinking on top of the Ellicott City sign,” Nass tweeted before the crash. Read More →

Catonsville, Ellicott City, Lifeline

Subway Tests New Fake Meat Sandwiches on Baltimore

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 10:00am

I’ve been a vegetarian for around a decade and a half now, and during that time I’ve probably eaten at a Subway fewer times than I can count on one hand. Every time, it’s the same:  I’ll get tempted by the wafting smell of fresh-baked bread (do they pump that scent through the vents on purpose?!),  then remember that the Veggie Delight sub is 80% limp iceberg lettuce.

But, my vegetarian/vegan/adventurous-palated brethren, weep now longer: Subway has decided to try and corner the vegan corner of the fast food market, and they’re testing their new fake-meat offerings in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. So if you’re ethically opposed to eating animals but your mouth still waters at the idea of a Sweet Riblet on Roasted Garlic Bread, you’re in luck.

The three new vegan options — the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek, and the Italian Black Bean sub — are so far available only at a few test locations (listed below). DCist ventured out for a sample, and has both positive (“I had no problem wolfing down” the Sweet Riblet) and negative (“the ribs emerge from a vacuum-sealed pouch that’s quickly microwaved before being unceremoniously plopped on your choice of bread”) things to say. We’re reserving our judgment until we get a taste of our own.
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Ellicott City, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Real Estalking: My Kind of Farming in Ellicott City

1 Written by: | Monday, Jun 11, 2012 1:05pm

I just returned home from a visit to my friends’ farm in upstate New York. The stylish couple moved there about a year ago after burning out on big city-life and demanding jobs.

With a love of natural beauty and food (Bailey was floral designer and Thomas a pastry chef) as their compass, they decided to turn “sustainable” and “local” into more than a choice at Whole Foods. They made it a lifestyle.

Bailey & Thomas walk their goats

The farm is beyond beautiful and I admire the passion and fortitude they exhibit in their new life. For me, however, an attempt at milking their goat (I managed to get the milk into my eye) made it clear: I love the farm aesthetic, not so much the actual farming.

Enter this Ellicott City home. Built in 1730, it is has been partially renovated but has room to improve (yes kitchen, I’m talking about you). And while it is not clear how this quirky building has been functioning (offices, home, apartments?), it is certain that it’s filled with rustic charm: original stone Read More →

Culture, Ellicott City

Ellicott City’s Zac Fowler: a Seven-Year-Old with Drive

0 Written by: | Monday, Jun 04, 2012 9:30am

Zac's first kart, being sold on craigslist

When I was very young I would lie and say I wanted to be either an astronaut, or a firefighter, or a sort of firefighting astronaut, putting out blazes in zero-gravity. I had no idea what I what I really wanted to do for a living — certainly not something as pulse-raising as those professions — but people expected an answer.

Apparently, that is not an issue Zac Fowler, 7, has ever had to deal with. He knew what he wanted to be at three years old — a race car driver. But what’s really remarkable is that Zac got a jump on living his dream the next year, when his parents bought him a go-kart and let him begin to “get a feel” for the gas and brake pedals. At five he began competing at Sandy Hook Speedway.  And now, the Ellicott City resident is vying for a national go-kart title.

Zac, who recently traded in his first go-kart, which was “like driving a Weed Eater” for a new one that’s “more like a lawn mower,” has already won 13 trophies. My only wonder is, if he becomes the national go-kart champion, will he just pack it all in? I mean, will there be anything left to prove?

Unlikely. His parents are already looking into moving to Mooresville, North Carolina, a major NASCAR hub.

Ellicott City, Featured, Owings Mills, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Real Estalking: Frankenmansions on the Rise

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 01, 2012 1:30pm

This week, as I scanned local real estate listings, I began to notice an eerie presence. It was huge, often massive, and it kept popping up in the multi-million dollar price range.

It was the Frankenmansion (cue the spooky music).

So what makes a mansion Franken? They look like an architectural Lego project, like someone has taken several homes and  stuck them all together.

Some houses come by this look organically. After years of additions and renovations they look pieced together, and it works. Some, however, are built to be Franken. I guess home builders think , “if one giant house is impressive, then mashing five together must be even better!”

These home designs often rely on mixing materials (stone, stucco and brick is a common cocktail) and architectural styles to craft their cacophony. The liberal use of columns, a minimum of eight separate roof lines and the incorporation of at least one turret also seem de rigueur.

You don’t believe in monsters? Well, look at the examples I have gathered as proof. The Frankenmansion is very much alive and well in Baltimore, and like Mary Shelly’s creation, there’s a certain appeal to their ambling clunkiness.

Do one of these creatures (sold or not) lurk in your neck of the woods? Email me a photo and we will add it to the collection. Happy looking!

 

3885 Whitebrook Lane, Ellicott City

$3,999,900

7 br/12 ba

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Ellicott City, Lifeline, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Baltimore’s Own Decaying, Haunted Fairyland

1 Written by: | Monday, Mar 26, 2012 11:00am

Baltimore natives:  did you ever vacation at Enchanted Forest, the 50s-era amusement park outside Ellicott City? Once, we’re sure, it was full of enchantment and surprise and over-priced sodas; these days, though, it looks more like “Munchkinland’s skid row,” as io9 puts it. The fairy tale theme park closed in 1989, and has been in a poetic state of collapse ever since. You’re not supposed to go there, but some intrepid souls still do — and bring back the photos to prove it:

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Catonsville, Ellicott City, Real Estate, Home & Garden

Recreational Residential Real Estalking

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 11:00am

Are you in market for a new home? Are you thinking of selling your house and need some price comparisons? Are you a house obsessed lookey-loo? Well, grab a Starbucks and power up the GPS. We have your Sunday afternoon covered with our picks of the best open houses this week.

 

403 Forest Lane

$439,000

3 br/2.5 ba

This Catonsville Cape Cod oozes small town Norman Rockwell-charm. But is it too saccharine-y sweet? A peek inside reveals an addiction to Ballard Design. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The fundamentals are tasteful and the house appears to be lovingly cared for. A perfect candidate for a make-under. Visualize: Your little angel pulling his or her Radio Flyer along the front sidewalk.

 

4961 Valley View Overlook

$1,258,141

5 br/6 ba

Want to know what’s new in the world of “bonus rooms,” “soaking tubs” and “double-height walls of windows?” Well, this Ellicott City giant is poised to educate. Weighing in at 6,600 square feet it has “too many upgrades to list” including “dual curved oak staircases in grand entrance foyer.” Certainly not for everyone but fun to see. “The Real Housewives” of real estate. Visualize: Parking your Escalade in the 3-car garage.

 

314 Taplow Road

$549,000

5br/4.5 ba

The interior and exterior juxtaposition of this homey Homeland house leaves me curious and confused. The Hansel & Gretel exterior looks like it hasn’t been touched since the day it was built (maybe even a little dilapidated?), yet the interior is Reno, Nevada-townhouse new! Hmmm? Best to go look. Visualize: Swiffering all that hardwood that would look so much better stained a rich dark brown.

 

 

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