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November 2, 2009

Houses and house parties



For those of you wondering what people with lavish houses do with all the space: Howard County police say a Columbia mansion -- a 4,600-square-foot spread -- was being rented out for a Halloween party this weekend that drew more than 100 people, possibly much more.

They're clear on the "more than 100" part, because that's how many people were still there when officers arrived in response to 911 calls about gunfire. A 19-year-old was killed and a 22-year-old was badly injured.

Police think the house was also rented out for a party that took place in June.

The Sun's Annie Linskey reminded me that several years ago, a big Anne Arundel County house was the site of a non-fatal shooting while rented out to two NFL players. Neighbors complained that the place was being used as an unauthorized nightclub even before that point.

Do you live near homes that are frequently used for parties, with or without cover charges?

(Photograph of the Columbia house by Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Posted by Jamie Smith Hopkins at 7:00 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Neighborhood and neighbors


I liked it better when Halloween was a night for kids and not a "Holiday" for some "adults" to again prove that they're idiots.

Luckily the TU students renting the house across from me moved out. We are now college student-free again. Nothing like seeing people play bikini beer pong in the street on a Thursday night in what is supposed to be a family neighborhood! I won't miss them or the cars of their many guests who parked wherever they pleased.

its crazy that a young man that was my friend had to die. he was a very cool person and never beef with anyone... we will miss you forever aaron brice...

I know that once you buy a house, you're somewhat stuck, but I'm going to try not to buy in a "college student" neighborhood when I get my own place.

I'd never heard of mansions being rented out in this manner though -- is this some sign of the recession, that even the multi-million-dollar-housing set need help with their mortgages or grocery bills? Why else would they take the risk of renting out their place?

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About Jamie Smith Hopkins
Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
She trained to become a wonk by spending large chunks of time as a geek and an insufferable know-it-all.
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