GAMBRILLS, Md. (AP) — The birthplace of Johns Hopkins is now up for sale for $700,000.

The Polm Cos. and Preservation Maryland, the developer that owns White Halls, announced Wednesday that it has teamed up with preservationists to find a buyer who’ll repair and maintain the estate, reported The Capital (http://bit.ly/1VtXhh5).

The 18th century home is located on 13 acres of land in Gambrills, and has been vacant for years. In January The Polm Cos. asked Anne Arundel County for a permit to demolish the estate, prompting an outcry from members of the community.

Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding reached out to the developer, asking if they would help find a way to save the house.

Redding said they’ve already heard from some “seriously interested buyers.”

“This speaks to the value of open and honest discussions,” Redding said. “Preservationists and developers don’t have to be at odds.”

The home is priced at $700,000, which Polm Cos. spokeswoman Sarah Aaron says takes into account the fact the building “does have extensive work to be done.” Redding recently toured the house, and said “the bones of the building are good.”

The house was built between 1784 and 1792, according to records. Hopkins, who is known for helping to start the hospital and university named after him in Baltimore, was born there in 1795.
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Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/

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