There are many things to love about Brindledorf. When we bought it, it was the 6 acre remnant of the farm owned by Elizabeth McCollough, with 3 separate houses built between 1835 and 1880. Montgomery County required us to sub-divide into 4 separate lots in order to qualify for rental licenses, but we still think of it as a single property. As real estate investors, it has been our honor to create rental space for teachers and other non-profit workers, that provides high quality, unique housing for the cost of a traditional rental in Montgomery County.
There are approximately 4 acres of woods. When you walk through them, you can still make out the shadow of the roadway that used to go to Fairland Road when the property was known as Lurelake Farm and had 130 acres. There are also old walking trails that make up a quarter-mile loop for the runner who used to live in the cabin, and go over to the Twin Farms Swim Club, where all the Brindledorf kids used to walk to in the summertime. And there is some poison ivy, so watch out for that.
The three houses could almost be from a fairytale. There’s the tiny one-bedroom Cabin that used to be part of a milk processing barn. The Cottage is more than twice the size of the Cabin, with two bedrooms, a large living room with fireplace, and a real farmhouse kitchen. Then the actual Farmhouse is 3-4 times maybe 5 times as big as the Cottage. There are 22 rooms, 3 staircases, 1 full kitchen, a 2nd partial kitchen, 5 bathrooms, a loft, an artists studio, and other areas that all have unique features: beamed ceilings, steps and woodwork harvested from trees on the property, high ceilings, low ceilings, old windows, a big pot bellied stove, small gas log stoves, and a 56 foot deep stone-lined well hidden in the Left Wing. You really just have to see it.
Large, multi-general families can live together at Brindledorf, but not on top of each other. Groups interested in co-housing can build close communities without ever having to share a bathroom. Individuals wanting to get a start in real estate investing can live in one part of the property and generate enough income to pay the mortgage by renting out the rest. We are fortunate enough to be able to offer partial financing to qualified buyers. We hope to be able to pass Brindledorf on to someone who will want to continue our mission of providing quality housing or someone with a new mission entirely. It has given us a lot of pleasure since 2002. Our age and health make this a good time to sell for us. We are sure that this will be the right time for the next owners who want to think and live outside the box.
Sue and Nancy Eynon Lark