Some would say that the 1950s were the golden age of American values placing importance on closeness of family and the quality of life of the community. Post World War II, the middle class in the United States quickly became the fastest growing segment of the population. As a result, more people were able to afford to own their own homes in small towns and suburbs as opposed to renting an apartment in the closest city. Perfectly sized houses with informal floor plans sprung up around America, and with them a part of the American Dream became a reality for many people.

The housing boom of the early 2000s brought with it this notion that bigger is better. Driving around today, you see neighborhoods full of gigantic houses on tiny lots dotting the horizons around many small towns.

The typical McMansion, usually a house around 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, might only have 2 or 3 people living in it. Why pay for all that space if you can’t possibly use it? Better yet, who would want to heat and cool a house where you’re truly only using about half of it? When you stop to think about it, those McMansions are short on one major thing – value. Where’s the value in paying for more space than you can possibly use?

Many home buyers are returning to the dream of owning a smaller home that’s not only affordable to maintain, but also much easier. After all, maintaining your home is only one small part of your life. Why not save your time and money for the experiences that add up to a more relaxed and fulfilled lifestyle? That’s what you’ll find in this perfectly-sized raised ranch in the heart of one of Maryland’s sweetest towns. Within easy walking distance of schools and shopping, this is the perfect location for a growing family.

Comfy raised ranch nestled among older homes and trees.

Nestled among early-century homes and mature trees sits an adorable brick raised ranch-style house. Pulling into the wrap-around drive, you’ll instantly get a feeling of home. A welcoming front porch greets you as you approach the front door.

Nicely flowing floor plan with lots of added charm.

Walking inside, you’re met with a warm and inviting space that begs you to come on in and relax a while. Gorgeous hardwood floors run throughout the main level, and a beautiful stone fireplace adds just the right touch to the comfortable living room. The large front window allows natural light to stream into this space lending to a much larger feel.

Through an adorable arched doorway, you’ll find the dining room adjacent to the living room. With enough space for a 6 to 8 person table and gorgeous natural light throughout the room, you’ll truly enjoy time spent over meals with family and friends. The easy flowing floor plan is perfect for both tight-knit family nights and entertaining guests over cocktails or dinner.

Stunning updated kitchen with cabinet and counter space galore.

The beautifully updated kitchen lies just beyond another arched doorway. This is where the real spirit of the house starts to reveal itself. Cupboard and counter space are both plentiful with nicely-designed white cabinets wrapping around two sides of the kitchen. Stunning granite countertops and a large center island make cooking in this inviting space an absolute paradise. With prep-space galore and a suite of updated appliances, you’ll be ready to get things fired up in the kitchen as soon as you get unpacked. An eat-in area offers flexibility for different family needs. Create a breakfast nook where kids can grab a bite before school and then come back home to do their homework while you cook, or make it into a communal computer station for the kids to use for school projects where they can use the internet under close supervision.

Two bedrooms and a full bathroom round out the first floor.

Around the corner, you’ll find the first two bedrooms including the master. Situated in a corner, the master bedroom boasts the same gleaming hardwood floors along with windows on two walls which allows in lots of sunshine giving the room an open, airy feeling.

The second bedroom on the main floor is perfectly sized for a child’s bedroom or a dedicated home office. With three windows in this bedroom, two of which have a view of the beautiful front yard, this room feels quite spacious.

The updated main floor bathroom continues with the gorgeous cabinets and counter top theme used in the kitchen. Beautiful fixtures and lighting add a touch of elegance to the well-planned layout. With lots of vanity space, you’ll love how easy it is for multiple people to get ready together in the mornings.

Lower level with two more bedrooms and an additional full bath.

On the lower level of the home, two roomy bedrooms and an additional full bathroom await you.

Each bedroom has full-sized windows that allow in natural light, so this floor doesn’t feel like your average basement. It’s bright and inviting with views outside from each room. Give your older children or teenagers the space and privacy they need to grow with these two bedrooms. Beautiful flooring and recessed lighting give these spaces an updated edge that will fit with any décor.

Continuing with the cabinets and counters from upstairs, this perfectly updated bathroom has just the right amount of mirror and vanity space for girls to share it without constant bickering which makes this an ideal home for families with tween or teen girls.

Large backyard and deck are perfect for relaxing outside.

Back upstairs, and just off the kitchen, you can walk out onto a large deck that’s perfect for grilling or hanging out with the family. Stairs lead down to a beautifully maintained, large yard with mature trees throughout. Relax on your back deck, tend to your raised garden, let the kids and dogs play in the yard, and soak up all that peaceful small town life has to offer. This little slice of heaven is just right for active families who want to enjoy their time at home together.

This quaint house in the heart of Middletown won’t stay on the market long.

If you’ve been looking for a single family home in sought-after Middletown, but you’ve continually disappointed over the price or amount of TLC the property needs, then you need to IMMEDIATELY schedule a showing at 708 E. Main Street.

To set up your showing today, contact Eric Verdi with Impact Maryland Real Estate at (240) 815-0890.