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“We didn’t just fall in love with the place, we fell in love with each other there,” reflects Joe with a shy smile of he and his wife Stephanie’s time in their quirky old Oella home.
“We were not even looking to purchase,” laughs Stephanie recalling the day they happened into the home while apartment shopping in the area. “We instantly fell in love,” she adds.
Joe and Stephanie relocated to Maryland from Ohio many years ago and had no idea how connected they could become to a home and community in such a far-away place.
“We both knew almost immediately it had to be ours,” Stephanie says while reaching for Joe’s hand, “It was so full of charm and history and a real warmth,” she continued.
“It was definitely the place,” Joe agreed, “and an ideal background to propose.”
Joe and Stephanie put down their roots in the Oella home and the community watered their seeds of love with many a holiday and birthday gathering among neighbors, friends and family and plenty of walks to Main Street for dinners and outdoors concerts. “We loved the location from downtown Ellicott City and also discovering the Oella Trolley Trail,” Joe jumps in while he and Stephanie talk about why they love the community.
“We thought we would retire in this home,” continued Joe, “but when baby Henry came on scene 16 months ago, I wasn’t so sure.” he adds.
Fortunately, as fate would have it for Joe and Stephanie and just after the news of number two coming along, a larger neighboring home came to market.
“We are so happy history repeats,” says Stephanie, “..we walked into an open house of our now new home and jumped at the chance for a second time.” She laughs.
“We feel so lucky to have been able to move just up the street,” says Joe, “but we’re not sure if we are more excited about our new place or finding out who is going to get their beginnings in this one.”
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