For 34th St., the most wonderful time of the year (to sell?)
700 block of 34th Street. Photo courtesy of Results 1 Realty.
Thanksgiving to New Year's is not a big time for home buying. Some sellers just take a break and try again later. Who wants to be marketing bricks and mortar when most people have food and presents on the mind?
Residents of Hampden's 34th Street, that's who. Two owners on the "Miracle on 34th Street" stretch -- the one lit up to high heaven and decorated to a fare-thee-well -- put their homes on the market this month.
I chatted with Sharon Burke, who owns the latter property, pictured above, and she said she thinks this is the best time of year to put a home on that street up for sale.
"We have approximately 45,000 people that come through 34th Street during the holidays," she said. "That's the estimate by the police. It's so many people on the street. More people get a chance to see it, I think, ... than we would be able to do during the regular [home buying season of] April or May."
Her son put his 34th Street house up for sale during the holiday season four years ago. He opened it up for people to come through the weekend the street was lit up, "and the following weekend, he had two bids," she said.
That was a very different sort of housing market, of course. But sales had just begun to slide in the Baltimore metro area at the end of 2005. The holiday timing, Burke is convinced, "was probably the biggest thing that helped him get his sale."
Burke has lived on 34th Street her whole life, minus a few years, and she's not moving. She's selling a second house. (Both are decorated.)
What she likes about life there: "It's a quiet neighborhood."
Not counting the end of the year, of course. But she said she really enjoys that, too.
Are there any other streets or neighborhoods you think benefit from a winter setting?