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Landlord’s Guide to Baltimore County Neighborhoods

Baltimore County neighborhoods are rich in history and culture.  But finding the right neighborhood to own rental properties in can make you feel like Goldilocks:  One’s too hot and one’s too cold, but which one is just right?  Luckily, Mama Bear (Central Inspections) is here to help.

Dundalk and Essex have lots of affordable rowhomes, which make great rentals, as do parts of Parkville, Loch Raven, and Middle River.  Here is a list of neighborhoods along with their prominent features.

Arbutus: Family homes dominate this community, located minutes from downtown Baltimore via I-95.

Catonsville: Turn-of-the-century Victorian and Colonial houses sit alongside notable area hospitals and colleges. I-70 and I-695 put Catonsville within minutes of key destinations like BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Cockeysville: This affluent community near Lutherville and Timonium is known for its antiques shops and Oregon Ridge Nature Center.

Dundalk: Waterfront housing is located along the Chesapeake Bay. The Historic Dundalk Village Shopping Center is a mix of offices and local merchants.

When in Dundalk I like to wear my leather!

When in Dundalk I like to wear my leather!

Essex: Detached homes, condominiums, parks and marinas populate this shorefront community. The proximity of the Chesapeake Bay makes fishing and sailing everyday activities among the locals.

Hunt Valley: Hunt Valley Towne Center is the area’s biggest commercial attraction, with hotels, luxury stores and various entertainment options. McCormick & Co. and Procter & Gamble operate here, with easy light-rail access to downtown Baltimore.

Lutherville: Its past life as a summer resort area is captured in many Victorian structures. I-83 offers quick commuter access to destinations north and south.

Middle River: Waterfront communities offer an array of housing, including one- and two-car garage townhomes and single-family dwellings. U.S. Route 43, U.S. Route 40, I-695 and I-95 make traveling convenient.

Middle River is great for sailing on the Chesapeake Bay!

Middle River is great for sailing on the Chesapeake Bay!

Monkton: Stately homes, horse farms and wide-open landscapes are Monkton’s claim to fame. A popular attraction is the 22-acre Ladew Topiary Gardens.

Owings Mills: This white-collar community includes condos, single-family homes, townhouses, restaurants and Owings Mills Mall. Commuters use a variety of transportation options, including I-695, I-795, the Metro subway system and public buses.

Parkton: Moments from I-83, Parkton is a small, rural town with rolling hills that serve as a backdrop to Woodhall Wine Cellars.

Parkville: A quiet enclave convenient to Towson, White Marsh and I-95 (via I-695), Parkville has many detached, Cape Cod-style homes.

Perry Hall: Located next to White Marsh and just 10 miles northeast of Baltimore City, this family community features good schools, quality homes and well-utilized recreational areas surrounding U.S. Route 1.

Phoenix: Opulent properties and a country-like appeal characterize this fast-growing area near Hunt Valley.

Pikesville: A quaint commercial district that brings big- name stores together with neighborhood shops.

Randallstown: A long-established community, Randallstown offers mixed housing, including single-family homes and apartments. I-695 and I-795 provide access to Carroll and Howard counties and Baltimore City.

Reisterstown: Next to Owings Mills along I-795, you can find this Main Street community of single-family homes and family-owned shops.

Rosedale: U.S. Route 40 runs from Baltimore into this community, which is a mix of industrial and residential areas featuring single-family homes.

Timonium and Towson offers lots of opportunities for eager young professionals!

Timonium and Towson offers lots of opportunities for eager young professionals!

Timonium: Conveniently located off I-83, Timonium is home to well-established neighborhoods and busy shopping centers, as well as the Maryland State Fairgrounds.

Towson: The Baltimore County seat is suburbia with an urban appeal, thanks to a thriving downtown, shopping areas like Towson Town Center and The Shops at Kenilworth, restaurants, condominums, local colleges and detached homes along tree-lined streets. Access to I-695 and I-83 make Towson very commuter-friendly.

White Hall: Horse farms and million-dollar homes make this area particularly picturesque.

Horseback riding in White Hall.

Horseback riding in White Hall.

White Marsh: An important county growth area, White Marsh is an entertainment and shopping hot spot thanks to The Avenue, Nottingham Square and White Marsh Mall, the second-largest regional mall in the Baltimore area.