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6500 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

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"Northern Baltimore County"

Church & School Building On 8.86 ± Acres
17700 Foreston Road
Upperco, MD
Baltimore County
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SOLD $500,000
October 28, 2022 AT 11:00AM

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Showing and Inspection

The property will be open 1 hour prior to the live onsite auction and is also available to inspect by appointment. Please contact our office by phone: 410-296-8440 or email: Inspection requests are normally answered Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm.

Terms Of Sale

A $25,000 deposit, payable by cashier’s check, will be required of the Purchaser at time and place of sale. The deposit shall be increased to 10% of the purchase price by 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 31, 2022, at the Auctioneer’s office. No Buyer’s Premium. For complete Terms Of Sale, see the Summary Terms Of Sale at the bottom of this page and see the Sample Contract.


$200,000 Opening Bid


– On 8.86± Acres –

Formerly Known As:
“The Mount” & “Forest Baptist Church”

Sale on Premises:
Tax IDs: 17-00009231 & 05-20040070
Near Mount Carmel Road
Upperco, Baltimore County, MD 21155

Live On-Site Only Auction
AT 11:00 A.M.

NOTE: The information contained herein has been obtained from sources deemed reliable and is believed to be accurate. However, no express or implied warranty is made or may be inferred from any such representation. Dimensions, square footage and acreage contained herein are more or less. Prospective purchasers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence, in advance of the auction, regarding the permitted uses of the property.

17700 & 17705 Foreston Road comprise a roughly 9 acre property in the Upperco area of Northern Baltimore County. The facility has been known most recently as “The Mount,” and previously as the “Forest Baptist Church.” Nestled among the rolling cornfields, pastures and expansive homesteads for which the area is well-known, the church and school building sit prominently on a hill with scenic views throughout the valley below. Foreston Road runs north from Mount Carmel Road, near Falls Road, up to Pretty Boy Reservoir. The Harrisburg Expressway (I-83) is 6 miles east, and Hampstead is approximately the same distance west. Friendly Farms, a destination restaurant and farm, is one-half mile south.

Originally constituted as the Forest Baptist Church in 1843, the church has been a community asset for nearly 180 years. The current sanctuary was built in 1918, and the adjoining school building and offices in 1976. The facility is an attractive location to continue the legacy promulgated by generations of area congregants and residents, or to reposition the property for alternative uses moving forward. The auction provides an excellent opportunity to purchase nearly 9 acres with two prominent buildings among the most attractive scenery in the Mid-Atlantic region.

For more information about the area, please visit:
Baltimore County Government –
Friendly Farm –

The site comprises 8.86 acres, more or less, on and according to, two tax records, and as further detailed below.

  • Serviced by well and septic
    Well Yield and Water Test: Result and Certificate of Analysis
  • The eastern half of the property, including where the buildings are situated, is clear with lightly rolling topography.
  • The western half of the property is wooded.
  • Asphalt paved parking area with approximately 43 parking spaces.
  • 17700 Foreston Road – Baltimore County Tax ID 17-00009231 – comprises 7.15 acres, including the existing structures.
  • 17705 Foreston Road – Baltimore County Tax ID 05-20040070 – comprises 1.71 acres on both sides of Foreston Road.

RC-2 – Agricultural Protection

According to the Baltimore County Citizen’s Guide to Zoning: “Intent: To foster conditions favorable to a continued agricultural use of the productive agricultural areas of Baltimore County by preventing incompatible forms and degrees of urban uses.Typical Uses Permitted by Right: Farm, farmette, single-family detached dwelling, farmer’s roadside stand, tenant house. Typical Uses Permitted by Special Exception: Antique shop, animal boarding place, church, farm market, landscape operation, agricultural support uses. Note: The minimum lot size is one acre.”

For more information, please visit:
Zoning Review –

Zoning Map

The property is improved by a sanctuary building and school building connected by a common entry foyer. Gross building area is estimated to be 13,480 square feet.

Stone Sanctuary Building – constructed in 1918 and containing approximately 3,110 square feet on each level. The building is arranged for a roughly 250 person sanctuary on the first floor, and features prominent stone work, ornate stained glass, pews, pulpit, baptismal pool and technology booth. The lower level is arranged for a multipurpose room or fellowship space, kitchen and bathroom. Boiler (oil), forced air heat and central air conditioning.

School Building – constructed in 1976 and containing 3,180 square feet on each level. The masonry block building features carpet, drop ceiling and drywall finishes. Arranged for 9 classrooms including dividers for further separation, three offices, storage room and 4 total bathrooms. Forced air heat and central air conditioning (multiple zones).

The entry foyer contains approximately 900 square feet.

Building Layout

The property is in fee simple and sold free and clear of liens.

The properties are assessed for a total of $771,000. No payment data is posted for tax exempt organizations. Estimated taxes for a non-exempt organization would be roughly $8,481 per year.

Please see the contract of sale for complete terms.

A $25,000 deposit, payable by cashier’s check, will be required of the Purchaser at time and place of sale. The deposit shall be increased to 10% of the purchase price by 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 31, 2022, at the Auctioneer’s office. Deposit funds shall be held by A. J. Billig & Co., LLC. Balance to be paid in cash at settlement, which shall take place within 45 days. If payment of the deposit or balance does not take place within the specified time, the deposit shall be forfeited and the property may be resold at the risk and expense of the Purchaser. Interest to be charged on the unpaid purchase money, at the rate of 6% per annum, from date of contract to date of settlement. All adjustments, including taxes, ground rent and all other public charges and assessments payable on a monthly or annual basis, and sanitary and/or metropolitan district charges, if any, to be adjusted for the current year to date of contract and assumed thereafter by the Purchaser. The property will be sold in “AS IS” condition, and subject to easements, agreements, restrictions or covenants of record affecting same, if any. Purchaser assumes the risk of loss from the date of contract forward. The Purchaser waives and releases the Seller, the Auctioneers, and their respective agents, successors and assigns from any and all claims the Purchaser and/or its successors and assigns may now have or may have in the future relating to the condition of the property, including but not limited to the environmental condition thereof. If the Seller is unable to convey good and marketable title, the Purchaser’s sole remedy in law or equity shall be limited to the refund of the deposit. Upon refund of the deposit this sale shall be null and void and of no effect, and the Purchaser shall have no further claim against the Seller or Auctioneers. Recordation costs, transfer taxes, including agricultural transfer tax, if applicable, and all costs incidental to settlement to be paid by the Purchaser except where otherwise mandated by local, State or Federal law. Time is of the essence.

No Buyer’s Premium.

"Northern Baltimore County"
Church & School Building On 8.86 ± Acres
17700 Foreston Road
Upperco, MD
Baltimore County
Show on Map
SOLD $500,000
October 28, 2022 AT 11:00AM

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