500 East Lake Avenue – From Eyesore to Grandeur
For years, 500 East Lake Avenue, sat vacant. The home was unattended and forgotten by its owner, but was a continuous eyesore to the neighbors who passed by it everyday. In the fall of 2015, with the help of Baltimore City and Tranzon Auction house, the property was sold to the highest bidder for $146,300, with the requirement that the buyers show the capability to renovate and restore the sprawling property, a daunting task. Advanced R.E. took on the challenge. David Tomasko of guerilla / realty was instrumental throughout the entire process. Not only did he secure the buyers the property at auction, but he also represented them as the sellers, for whom he achieved a record sales price in the neighborhood of $450,000. Today, there is hardly a memory of what stood before. Nestled in the charming Lake Walker neighborhood, this home has undergone a spectacular contemporary renovation.
Before this transformation, the house was a mess. The lush grounds were overgrown and unkempt, and the exterior appeared shabby.
Now, stroll up the freshly poured concrete walkway, and the elegant wrap-around porch immediately captures your attention. It is the type of porch that defines southern living. The newly installed siding, windows, and trim compliment each other perfectly.
Entering the home, you could see water damage on the ceiling and wood floors, along with peeling paints and years of dust and debris built up.
Today you will find beautiful pewter maple hardwood floors that extend throughout the open floor plan, from the spacious living and family rooms, through the dining & breakfast rooms.
The kitchen was another nightmare, with clunky pink appliances and every surface in need of repair.
However it was updated to a clean, modern finish with black granite countertops, and high-end cabinets, appliances and fixtures, no expense was spared.
The second level mimicked the first, with water damage and crumbling fixtures throughout. The bathrooms needed to be completely gutted.
Today, the upstairs contains a master suite with walk-in shower, garden tub & double sinks. Four additional bedrooms, a full bathroom with a white marble vanity top, and a restored walk-in cedar closet round off the upper two floors.
A fully renovated basement could serve as an in-law suite with separate access, or a perfect place to tuck away the game room, providing ample space for anyone’s needs.
The wrap around porch continues to the expansive back yard with opportunity for imaginative landscaping.
Embrace the warmth of the quintessential neighborhood vibe of Lake Walker, while also enjoying its central location. Amenities include Belvedere Square, the historic Senator Theater, as well as Towson University, Goucher College and Loyal University. 500 East Lake Avenue is a charming home thanks to the efforts of Advanced R.E. and David Tomasko.