Dream Home visitors pick their favorites


* Lexington Homes has won the People's Choice Award as the favorite house of visitors to the nine Dream Homes '94 houses built in the Woodridge subdivision in Baltimore County.

The Arlington, a Victorian farmhouse with a large wraparound porch, was chosen as the house the 55,000 Dream Home visitors could see themselves living in.

"I think this is the best house here," said Marianne Dickman of Owings Mills. "It is a very homey, easy flowing layout, and I love the front porch."

Betty Buckless of Bel Air, another porch-lover, said, "This was truly a home. One a real person could enjoy. Thank you for the pleasure of touring such a home."

Catherine Kafer of Baltimore said, "Can't be beat . . . everything a woman would want . . . love that porch." Towson resident Patricia M. Sibayan called the house "light, bright and airy." She said it was "very cheerful and cozy, quite suitable for a family. I fell in love with the kitchen."

The 3,450-square-foot house is selling for $569,000. That price .. includes a 3-acre lot and a 12-by-14-foot springhouse.

The Favorite Landscape Award went to the Regent Hall by Clark Turner Homes; and the Favorite Decorating Award went to Scherr Homes' Country Mansion.

The architectural firm of D. W. Taylor Associates Inc., based in Ellicott City, designed both the Arlington and the Country Mansion. "To win an award voted by the people who came to look at the homes is especially meaningful, because it signifies that the architect and builder are on target with what people like and want in a home," said Don Taylor, founder of D. W. Taylor.


* Harkins Builders Inc. was ranked No. 3 in the United States for rental apartments completed, by Builders Magazine. It is published by the National Association of Home Builders. Harkins built 1,607 rental apartments in 1993. Recently completed Baltimore projects include The Park Chesaco Elderly Apartments for Shelter Development Corp. and Irvington Place for A&R; Development Corp.

* O'Conor, Piper & Flynn, Realtors said S. Cooke of its Columbia office has been named 1994 Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year by the Howard County Association of Realtors. A resident of Ellicott City, Ms. Cooke is president-elect of the Maryland State Women's Council of Realtors.

* ERA Candlelite, a real estate company in Upper Marlboro, has affiliated with Electronic Realty Associates. Dave Thomas is the owner/broker of ERA Candlelite, which recently celebrated its grand opening.

* First Town Mortgage Corp., a Secaucus, N.J., firm with offices in Annapolis, Baltimore, Rockville and Silver Spring, announced plans to merge with Victoria Mortgage Corp. of Irvine, Calif. The companies, which will initially retain their identities as separate operating units, had a combined $2.3 billion in home mortgage loans in 1993.

Peter R. Norden, First Town president, will be chairman and chief executive of the combined corporation. Martin J. Levine, First Town's executive vice president, will serve as vice chairman and chief operating officer of the larger company. The Victoria unit will be managed by Larry Koppelman, the current president and chief operating officer of Victoria.

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