We were looking for our dream home. Our family consisted of young boys and we needed a bigger house with a yard that would accommodate sports, sports, more sports. We wanted to move to a less congested area of Baltimore County where we could spread out but still be close to the major employment centers of the Baltimore. This gracious home fit our needs perfectly. It was in a quiet country neighborhood, set back from the road on 1.5 level acres, and on a dead-end road. It even had a sport court and a side yard big enough to play football! With the garage located on the side of the house, the curb appeal was top drawer. We were sold!
What upgrades have you made to enhance your home?
This house was almost perfect for us. Over the years we upgraded the kitchen and the master bathroom. We added a pellet stove to our stone fireplace.
But, by far and away, the top upgrade is the 3-season sun porch we added onto the back of the house. There are windows with screens on 3 sides and we get a nice breeze through there. It opens onto the patio where we have our grill. We can watch the kids play in the yard as we reflect on the highlights of our day.
What are a few of your favorite features?
Absolutely, Number 1 is our sun porch. We spend so much time out there - whether it’s with coffee and the morning paper, lunch in the middle of the day, or eating the dinner that we grilled on the adjacent patio. The view is lovely. It’s quiet and we can look out onto our colorful gardens. In the evening, we can watch the sun set over the trees beyond our property and watch the moon rise. And, occasionally, we see a little quail.
We like that this house is a kid-friendly home. There is plenty of room for a table in the kitchen for dinners at home and game night. Our boys used the playroom downstairs for their more energetic indoor activities. And we can’t say enough about how much fun we all had using the sport court for tennis and basketball. It’s a great place to learn to ride a bike or skate. Couple the sport court with the level yard and it was as if we had sports camp here all year round.
We love the way the house sits back from the road. The stone front is very elegant and we think the front door looks as if it is just waiting to be opened, beckoning guests to come inside to spend time with us. It's a great house for entertaining, either formally in the center hall, living and dining rooms, or more casually, in the kitchen, family room, and sun porch.
What else do you like about living in area?
When we bought this house, we wanted to be removed from the hustle and bustle of suburban living. But our home is close enough to Jacksonville (about 5 minutes) that we can do all of our grocery shopping or pick up MacDonald’s on the way to one of the kid’s baseball games. And if you like shopping, we are located 20 minutes from Hunt Valley, Towson Town Center, and Harford Mall. We are located only 19 minutes from 695.
What are a few things you like about your community?
Jarrettsville is a great area of Baltimore County. There is a superb Senior Center and Rec Council with new fields for team sports at the Jarrettsville Senior Center. It’s one of the few areas in Baltimore County where you can play pickleball. The Rec Council offers jazzercise, cheerleading, and even hockey.
For an adult night out, be sure to visit Boordy Vineyards, DeJon Vineyards, or Harford Vineyard & Winery. Or go to all 3!
On the 4th of July we go to the parade in Kingsville, swim at the Fallston Swim Club during the day, and in the evening, enjoy the fireworks in Jacksonville.
Where do you eat and shop for groceries and other conveniences?
In a place as small as Jacksonville you wouldn’t expect two full-sized grocery stores. Choose from either the Safeway or Shop Rite. Rite-Aid is available for prescriptions and picking snacks and soda quickly.
Our favorite restaurants in the area are Kooper’s Jacksonville for the oysters and, of course, the cheeseburgers. We like to go over to the Black Forest Taphouse on Pleasantville Road. They have a beautiful curved bar where we sit and enjoy the craft beers and the rockfish bites.
What more would you like to tell us about living here?
Move here for the drive home from work. Take the pretty country road along Loch Raven Reservoir. There are farms and fields, trees and wide-open spaces. In the summer, if you roll down your windows, you will feel the temperature drop about 10 degrees as you leave your work behind. Tension evaporates; peace and quiet await you. We have a "big-sky" view from our sun porch and the constellations are clearly visible. This home is full of great memories for our family - lots of good times and just plain fun. We know the next owners will love living here as much as we have.
Author:Alexander Necker Phone: 410-920-4760 Dated: March 7th 2018 Views: 1,011 About Alexander: ...
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About Alexander Necker, Real Estate Sales Consultant
I specialize in selling the Baltimore Metropolitan’s Premier Homes.
I am an Eagle Scout. I mention this because the process of becoming an Eagle Scout provided me with the foundation by which I live my life. The values of trustworthiness, integrity, and helpfulness have allowed me to become the man I am today.
The words that describe me are:
Driver of my own professional destiny
C onduit for connecting people for professional development
Devoted husband with a wonderful wife
Father to 2 beautiful children with growing college funds
Student of Finance and Investments
After graduating college and starting a career in my field of study (agronomy), I quickly rose to the position of assistant and then superintendent of private golf courses. After 17 years in the golf business, I decided it was time to change to a career where I would not be at the mercy of the uncontrollable forces of sun, wind and rain. I chose a field where I would be the master of my fate, where the hard work and the long hours to which I am accustomed would be the determinant of my success.
The primary reason I am in the real estate business is to help people. A real estate transaction is one of the largest financial transactions you will ever undertake. Everyone deserves a real estate partner that understands and appreciates that fact. My focus on integrity, trust and communication are nothing less than I would want for myself, my family or friends entering into a large financial proceeding. I am committed to being the one real estate agent that keeps my client's best interests front and center.
In real estate, I consider myself to be a true professional in the same vein as the physician, the attorney and the accountant whom you must trust with the most important assets of your life. Nothing less is acceptable.
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"When my cousin recommends someone to me, I know I can trust them. This is why I had no hesitation when he put me in contact with Alex Necker. As a 23 year old and a first time home buyer, I knew very little coming into this process — my main source of information had been HGTV. Due to personal circumstances, I didn't have much outside support, so I really leaned on Alex for help. He took baby steps with me when I needed it, but he also empowered me to make important decisions on my own. As cliché as it is, I truly felt like I was Alex's only client. He was always available to me and went above and beyond what I asked of him.
One of the best examples of this happened about half way through my search. There was a condo that I had dismissed because of the street that it was on. Shortly after I marked it as trash, Alex called me and told me that he thought it could be a good fit for me. Though I was still skeptical, I decided to trust him, and we went to see it. It turns out that I had misread the street name. Although the seller and I couldn't reach an agreement, I put an offer in on a property that I never would have looked at had Alex not been so diligent.
I highly recommend Alex to anyone looking to buy a home. He is proactive and knowledgeable, and he tailors his approach for each of his clients. He stuck with me for months, through market slumps and bid wars, and never once did I doubt his skill and dedication. Any realtor could have found me a property, but Alex helped me find a home.