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Old 06-26-2011, 07:12 PM
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We are a two young african-american professional with a little one that is moving to Baltimore area from NYC. We started looking in certain area in Baltimore city (Homeland) and Baltimore county (Towson, Annelies) but need help in term of good neighborhoods for our family with good school systems. Will now be looking at homes in the Orginial Northwood area. Help? (I think I need a new realtor)
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:25 PM
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First lesson is that there is a legal and governmental distinction between "the city" and "the county".
If you're buying... city properties generally cost less than the county but will have a higher tax rate.

Schools and especially at the elementary level are almost all about the specific neighborhood which means that the PARENT's matter most. PTA? Little League? All that stuff takes time that too few have available.

And yeah, you probably need a new RE agent.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:02 PM
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Have you been to the city or county before? If not I'd strongly suggest making a trip down and seeing the area for yourself. I will say however that if you have the means to purchase, your monthly cost will be quite a bit less than renting a comparable home in most instances.
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:29 PM
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There's a world of difference between the public schools serving Towson and Anneslie (Baltimore County) and Homeland and Original Northwood (City).

Homeland does feed into the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, which is very highly regarded and the best in the city school system, but most children in Homeland go to private schools. Original Northwood is outside the RPEMS zone. If you're gung-ho on public schools Towson is your best bet, but the tradeoff is higher housing costs.

You may find that buying a house in Original Northwood and sending your child to a Catholic school may turn out to be cheaper than buying in Anneslie or Rodgers' Forge or Stoneleigh, all Baltimore County neighborhoods off York Road just south of Towson.

Another neighborhood to consider is Cedarcroft. It's within the city borders and just south of Stoneleigh/Anneslie and is a pleasant neighborhood, but once again schooling will be an issue. Cedarcroft does feed into RPEMS, which is a bonus. A popular Catholic school serving the area is St. Pius X on York Road.
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