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The Bosley House

The Bosley House

Before we made 510 South Main Street the home of Harford Retirement Planners, this structure was built nearly 100 years ago.

The building was initially built and used as a personal residence from 1925 until 1986.  It is a Colonial Revival-style Foursquare house, likely from a catalog.  At the beginning of the 20th Century several companies, including Sears Roebuck, offered complete home kits through mail order catalogs.

Sears Roebuck houses typically have a number stamped into the floor joists.  Our floor joists were reinforced so we were unable to find any identifying serial numbers to find exactly which kit was ordered to build this home.

The house was built on spec by Harry Orsburn, a popular contractor of the time.  Many of his buildings are now in the historic registry, including our 510 S. Main.  Orsburn would eventually pursue political aspirations and became the mayor of Bel Air in 1938.

The house was bought by a WWI veteran, James Bosley, who lived in the home until his wife and son inherited the property.  After the passing of his son the home was sold and it was repurposed to a day spa from 1986 until 2021 when Harford Retirement Planners took ownership.

“The Bosley House” was entered into Town of Bel Air’s list of designated historic properties in 2009, where it joins the other 51 registered historic properties in town.

Harford Retirement Planners

Harford Retirement Planners

When our search for the forever home of Harford Retirement Planners began, we wanted something in the town of Bel Air and, ideally, on the 4th of July Parade Route.  After one showing we knew this property would be perfect for our business and our clients.

We decided to completely renovate the property so that it can last another 100 years and expanding the size of the building and additional parking to add to the convenience of clients.

Renovation

Renovation

When working with architects and contractors it was imperative that we preserve the history and charm of the existing structure.  We decided to double the size of the property with close attention paid to complement the existing home.  Inside you’ll find the original stair case and underneath the new drywall you’ll find the original frame.  One of the 2”x4”s we have displayed next to the front door where you’ll see bark and a couple original nails used in the construction of the frame.

 

We kept the outside as-is with wood siding and original windows.  Everything inside is new to seamlessly bring the property into the 21st Century.  Our goal was to blend the old with the new in a tasteful way.  This goal is similar with our philosophy of using the best of old world traditions and values, while incorporating the best of new technology and advancements in financial planning with our clients.

 

Construction took nearly two years from the initial planning phase to the final inspections.  We received our Certificate of Occupancy in May of 2023 and opened the doors to the public.

Present

Present

The Bosley House greets those who enter Bel Air by way of 924/Main Street.  While maintaining its original historic appeal, you can’t help but notice every square inch of the property has been renovated.  The landscaping has been completely replaced.  The interior structure has been reinforced along with all new mechanical systems and electrical/plumbing systems.  ADA compliant measures have been incorporated to the property as well.  Just like many of our clients, it may appear older on the outside but feels very young on the inside!

 

We are very proud of our office and would be happy to give a tour to anyone interested.