The Milford Mill Swim Club, where generations of Baltimoreans cooled off during the summer heat, is going to auction later this month.
A.J. Billing & Co. Auctioneers is scheduled to sell the 19-acre property, known for its two-acre, spring-fed quarry lake, on Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m.
The club opened in 1950 and was featured on The Buddy Deane Show, in John Waters' “Cry Baby” and in Barry Levinson's “Liberty Heights,” according to the auction house.
Over the years, companies including USF&G, Seagram's and Lever Brothers hosted employee appreciation events at the club, the firm said. The Red Cross held swimming lessons there too.
In addition to the quarry lake, the western Baltimore County property features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a stream and a rolling landscape. It is valued for tax purposes at just under $1 million.
The buyer could choose to continue using the property as a swim club but it is also appropriate for other uses, said Dan Billig, an A.J. Billig & Co. partner. He suggested a housing subdivision, school or church campus.
The suggested opening bid is $500,000, Billig said. His firm is selling the property on behalf of the family that first ran the club, he said. They sold it in 1999 but the new proprietors couldn't make a go of the business and the property’s ownership reverted, Billig said.
The swim club has been closed for at least a year, he said.
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