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1544 Stockslager Road: New Lakefront Listing at Deep Creek

Offering 192 feet of lakefront, new listing offers #lakelife at its best! 1544 Stockslager Road is a classic Deep Creek Lake chalet with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths nestled among the trees. It has an established vacation rental history and is known to guests as Creekside Cove.

1544 Stockslager Road

About 1544 Stockslager Road

The spacious interior has the perfect mountain vibe. The main level has an open layout that is ideal for get-togethers. A massive, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the focal point. It is easy to imagine gathering around a crackling fire on a crisp autumn night.

The well-equipped kitchen has all of the essentials and plenty of counter space. There is a separate dining area as well. Doors lead to the deck to make grilling more convenient, plus they reveal seasonal lake views.

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Stay Proactive & Position Yourself as a Home Buyer or Seller in a COVID-19 World

Perhaps you were about to put up the ‘For Sale’ sign on your front lawn at the start of 2020. Or, perhaps you’d just uprooted and were excited to purchase a new home and put down some roots. As a seasoned real estate agent in the Deep Creek Lake area, I can easily help you navigate the real estate waters even amidst a national pandemic. Luckily, the area is still seeing plenty of supply and demand, so you should have no problem staying on track — and possibly getting ahead — in this new world of real estate. 

Selling tips during coronavirus

While the economy grinds to a halt due to COVID-19, it’s still entirely possible to continue marketing your home. Since real estate agents are trying to cut down on in-person tours, that means it’s now more important than ever to market your listing to the best of your ability. Get professional photos taken, or ask your real estate agent for tips on how to take high-quality listing photos from your iPhone.

In addition to your listing photos, virtual video tours are now becoming the new norm in the real estate world. In fact, 55% of real estate agents are doubling down on virtual tours. It’s easy to take videos right from your phone as well. But remember — just because the prospective buyers won’t be viewing your property in person, doesn’t mean you should forgo proper preparation. Clean, declutter, and stage as you would for a normal showing. 

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Support Small Businesses in Garrett County

Small businesses in Garrett County and around the Deep Creek Lake area need your support! The COVID-19 crisis has hit our area especially hard with the lack of revenue from tourism.

Support Small Businesses

It is important to stay home and be safe right now. However, there are still ways that you can support your favorite small businesses.

Order Takeout

Give yourself a break from cooking! Below is a list of local restaurants offering takeout. Be sure to call ahead or check their social media/website to see if online ordering is an option.

3rd Street Diner
(301) 334-3300

Arrowhead Market
(301) 387-4020

Black Bear Tavern and Restaurant
(301) 387-0500

Brenda’s Pizzeria
(301) 387-1007

Burger King (McHenry)
(301) 387-2561

Cornucopia Cafe
(301) 895-8142

Deep Creek Seafood
(240) 488-1042

Deep Creek Shop n’ Save Deli
(301) 387-4075

Dutch’s at Silver Tree
(301) 387-0525

Firefly Farms
(301) 746-8188

Heidi’s Bakery & Cafe
(240) 321-5804

High Country Creamery
(240) 979-0620 ext 1005

JG’s Pub
(301) 387-6369

Ledo Pizza
(301) 387-6300

Little Sandy’s 
(301) 387-9850

(240) 442-5542

Mountain State Brewing Co.
(301) 387-3360

Oakland DQ Grill & Chill
(301) 334-6161

Penn Alps Restaurant & Craft Shop
(301) 895-5985

The Casselman Bakery & Cafe
(240) 442-5202

The Rolling Pin Bakery
(301) 746-8500

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Casselman River Bridge State Park

Casselman River Bridge State Park attracts everyone from ardent anglers to hardcore history buffs.  Once part of a busy thoroughfare known as “Little Crossings,” the four acre park is home to both trophy size trout and a bridge that made history with its innovative design.

Casselman Bridge

About the Casselman River

Rising  atop the plateau of Western Maryland, the Casselman River follows a great arc across the Laurel Highlands of Somerset County, PA to the appropriately named town of Confluence, where Laurel Hill Creek joins a few yards above the Youghiogheny River.  The Casselman River is relatively wide and has a variety of habitats. Anglers will find deep runs, large deep holes and even some pocket water. The streambed consists of mainly cobble-size stone, making wading easier when compared to other area rivers. Natural flows can fluctuate especially during the spring, so be sure to check with the DNR for flow conditions. Flows less than 150 cubic feet per second (cfs) are typically considered good fishing flows. The trout fishery in the Casselman River Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area is managed using adult hatchery brown and rainbow trout stocked each spring and fall. Many of these trout are truly trophy size and can reach sizes greater than 5 pounds! The Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Area management scheme includes a Catch and Release Season when anglers may use artificial lures or flies only. Consult the Maryland Freshwater Sportfishing Guide for complete details.  Keep in mind that most of the land bordering the Casselman River is privately owned farmland.  The Casselman River Bridge State Park is the only public land bordering the Delayed Harvest Area.

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Real Estate & COVID-19: What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

Real estate has felt significant impacts due to COVID-19. The pandemic has created uncertainty in our daily lives that affects everything. That being said, real estate transactions can move forward for buyers and sellers.

You can rely on my years experience. Now more than ever, having a knowledgable agent is key.


Here are some important points for buyers in the age of COVID-19:

  • Find the right real estate agent. I am comfortable with technology and can offer virtual home tours & consultations.
  • Virtual home tours – many Taylor-Made listings have 3D tours available online. Facetime or Zoom tours with your agent are also an option. If you want to see a home in person, Maryland Association of REALTORS® has mandated that no more than 3 people be at the showing and practice social distancing/masks/gloves/etc.
  • Remote mortgage pre-approval – many lenders are working remotely and are able to pre-qualify you via online applications and interviews via phone or video.
  • Remote home inspections – home inspectors are offering buyers home inspections with videoconferencing to review any findings discovered.
  • Virtual home appraisals – rather than site visits, many lenders are allowing video or desktop appraising using the data and photos from the listing and comparing it with other similar properties.
  • Remote closings – many title companies prefer virtual closings where the buyer is sent the closing package via email, having it notarized and mailing it back to the title company. Funds would be wired to the title company from the lender and no one ever has to come in contact to facilitate the closing except for possibly the walk through which agents are handling with kid gloves so that no one is compromised.
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