Buying a home in the suburbs of Baltimore
When you make the move to Baltimore, one of the first considerations you will need to make is whether you want to live in an urban or suburban setting. Both of these options have their own benefits, as well as drawbacks, and you want to weigh them carefully before making your decision.
Life in the City
Living in Baltimore puts you near the heart of the city's business center. You have less of a commute and may even be able to walk to work. Living in the city also allows you to enjoy its thriving nightlife, excellent dining options and convenient shopping centers like Harbor Place, Mondawmin Mall, The Avenue at White Marsh or White Marsh Mall, Lexington Market, and more.
Yet life in the city is not without its drawbacks. Because of the large amount of development in any city, land is at a premium. That means that many times you will have to pay more for a home near the city than you would in the suburbs. Also, the hustle and bustle of the city may not be the ambiance you want when raising a family, even if it the location is convenient to work.
Life in the Suburbs
Life in the suburbs, on the other hand, offers a stronger sense of a "neighborhood" and community. In the suburbs, it is easier to find and purchase a home with a large yard for your family to enjoy, often near a neighborhood park and within walking distance from the neighborhood school. A true sense of community is often developed in a suburban environment. The main drawback of suburban living is the commute, if you work in the downtown area. However, you can avoid driving in dense traffic (and save on gas) by making use of Maryland's public transportation system (e.g. MARC Train Service)
Roland Park Offers the Best in Suburban Baltimore Living
If you decide that suburban living is more in line with your needs, then you might want to consider some of the suburban real estate in Roland Park. Notable as the first master-planned suburb in North America, Roland Park is technically within the city of Baltimore, but when you arrive you will feel as if you have moved away from the city and into the suburbs.
Roland Park has all of the amenities you need for a comfortable life. The Roland Park Library is a popular location for people of all ages, while the community's swimming pool provides hours of fun in the warm months of the year. The community has an excellent public school system, including the Blue Ribbon Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, and regular community events help keep neighbors connected. Add the historic Roland Park Shopping Center, and you have everything you need within one close-knit community.
Roland Park offers an interesting mix of real estate options. For some, the homes in the Roland Park Historic District, which offer examples of Late Victorian and Late 19th and 20th Century Revival architecture, are the ideal fit. Smaller, less historically significant homes are also available throughout Roland Park, as are condos and town homes.
As you begin the process of buying a home in Baltimore, make sure you have the right real estate agent on your side. Whether you are shopping in Roland Park, another suburb or right in the city, you will find that a knowledgeable agent will help you find the ideal home and negotiate a fair price with far less stress and hassle.