Having worked nearly 10 years in Customer Service and Sales, I recognize my clients are TOP PRIORITY. As well as the importance of matching them to their needs and wants while making one of the most important transactions an enjoyable experience. I take pride in continuously learning, staying current on the market and diving in to new technology so I can not only provide exceptional service but also educate my clients so they can make the best decision for them. To me, there is nothing more gratifying than being able to help someone achieve what they believe is impossible. Whether you are overwhelmed with trying to sell, confused about purchasing, or rushing to sign a lease, I am not looking to be just an agent but your friend in Real Estate who has your back 100% and will stop at nothing to achieve the results you desire!
Specialties and Designations
Investment Property, New Construction, Works With First Time Home Buyers, Specializes in Relocations, Rentals, Country Homes, Foreclosure, Short Sales, REO Properties, Senior Living, Resale Residential, Historic Homes, Suburban Living, Condominiums, Urban Living, Water Front, Serving The Military, Single Family Homes and Townhomes
** One of 10 Nationwide Finalists for HGTV Homes w/a History ** In 1726, a tract of land known as Hickory Ridge, a high point in what is now Howard County, MD, was patented by royal land grant to Col. Henry Ridgeley by King George II. A stone cottage was constructed circa 1749, &, as George Washington was taking office in 1789, Col. Ridgeley"s son, Greenberry Ridgeley, began construction of the manor house, which was expanded in the early 1800's. The property was subsequently owned by notable Maryland families including The Hopkins, The Owens, & The Clarks. During the 75-year Hopkins period, it was known as White Hall, after their family home near Annapolis. Beautifully maintained & carefully restored by the current owner over the last 35 years, Hickory Ridge is listed on The Maryland Historic Trust & lends its name to one of the 10 villages of Columbia. The property is sited on 25 acres in Highland, MD, close-in to shopping & amenities. Approached by two gated, tree-lined lanes & boasting classic period details & exemplary materials & craftsmanship, Hickory Ridge comprises the manor house, the 1749 cottage, carriage house/office, & an English greenhouse. First-class equestrian facilities include a 9 stall barn with hayloft, tack room, & storage, a separate tack room & gym, double-fenced paddocks & run-in sheds, & two exercise rings. Completing the grounds are a 3-car garage & a large equipment shed. The bucolic setting is meticulously landscaped & graced by specimen trees, historic boxwoods, stacked-stone walls, brick pathways, & English-style gardens. At the Manor House, unlock the 200+ year-old door with the original lock & key, welcome your guests into the stunning reception hall, & entertain them on the sweeping side porch. Choose the evening's wine from the incomparable underground barrel-ceiling wine cellar, enjoy a lavish meal in the gracious dining room, & then repair to the formal living room for an aperitif, or retreat below to your own Jockey Club Pub to draw an ale or watch the big game. Outside, stroll among the English gardens. Overnight guests may be comfortably accommodated in the charming 2BD cottage. At leisure, enjoy the large bedrooms, high ceilings, & modern baths. Read a book in the paneled library or appreciate the view from the Sunroom. Cook gourmet meals in the modern kitchen and savor them in the family dining room, once the original 18th century kitchen. Attend to personal business in the large, private 3rd-floor office, which could also serve as an additional master bedroom. In winter, cozy up to one of 8 fireplaces. Venture outside, take-in the sublime setting, & relish the quiet and privacy. Stroll through the lush gardens or meditate in the tranquil hidden Zen garden. Enjoy the cottage butterfly garden by day, or the ubiquitous fireflies at night. Nurture plants in the greenhouse, workout in the gym, or take a dip in the 50x25 heated pool. Comprising 5 separately deeded parcels, including 4 approved building lots, Hickory Ridge offers many possibilities for future owners. The ability to construct additional homes provides the perfect opportunity for a family compound for multiple generations. With an unrivaled location in the heart of Howard County, & within easy reach of Baltimore, Washington, & Annapolis, this historic estate offers luxury & comfort for family living, elegant space for grand entertaining, facilities to pursue your equestrian dreams, & a rare close-in sanctuary for those seeking privacy with easy access to area amenities.
"I chose Desiree after having worked with another realtor for about four weeks. I was so happy to find Desiree was happy to help us find a home and appreciated our business. She had extremely helpful and wise insights. And best of all her attitude was wonderful. Whenever we called her or wanted to see properties she was always willing to meet us with a smile. For some reason the first realtor we had chosen seemed disgruntled like she was doing us a favor. Desiree was such a pleasant experience. My only regret is that we did not find her right off the bat!! She is absolutely delightful, market knowledgeable and so easy to work with. I will refer her to all of my friends!!"
- Patricia H.
"Desiree helped me find a one bedroom apartment to rent, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone in the area. I contacted her at the last minute and I was very stressed out because of some personal issues, and Desiree made sure to show a sense of urgency. She was very responsive, which was my favorite part of working with her. She answered every text or email promptly, and she was able show me a number of possible places almost immediately after contacting her. I kept telling her how stressed I am, and she kept reassuring me. In fact her exact quote was "don't stress, let me stress for you", and she did. At the last minute, we narrowed my selection down to one choice that I wasn't thrilled about, and Desiree told me she didn't want to settle for that place and she would try and find me something that wasn't in our listings. A few days later, Desiree informed me that she found a place that had been listed at first, but removed, because the landlord needed to do some work on the property. Desiree explained my situation, and was able to work everything out with the landlord within a few days, and I moved in on schedule with no difficulties. In my opinion, Desiree went above and beyond by finding a listing that I wouldn't have known about. I highly recommend Desiree to anyone as she is highly knowledgeable about the area and she is wiling to go the extra mile for her client."
- Christopher F.
"Desiree helped me and two other professionals find a place to rent this spring. She was really fun and insightful, in addition to being committed to our viewing schedule, which was pretty packed. In the end, we found a place that was exactly right for us, and we have her to thank. She was able to answer our paperwork questions and help us with a renter who was at first uncertain about renting to three friends instead of a family. If for some reason I have to move again, I'll give her a call"