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Old 12-20-2020, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I've visited Baltimore quite a few times, being from Trenton, NJ, and always liked the city and the suburbs. It reminds me a lot of Philly but with a distinct character. I have a job offer in the city of Baltimore, located near Cold Spring station.

Where would you recommend that I live? Is this a good location to commute to by train, or is a car ideal? I want a single family home with parking, suburbs or city it doesn't matter. Budget is $310k, 2 br is fine. Don't care about schools.

I am a lesbian; Hispanic and my gf is Asian. We would prefer somewhere diverse, as Hispanics are rare in Baltimore, Black/White diversity is fine, just not too homogenous. Both of us are 33 and would like access to nightlife (after covid) and Baltimore's LGBT community, which I'm guessing is Downtown. Lastly I'd prefer to live someplace strongly liberal.

Thanks!
Patterson Park ( 2/3 blocks north or east of the park), Hampden, Charles Village. In that order.

Back up options would be Highlandtown, Coldspring-Newtown and then Pigtown.

HIghlandtown is BY FAR the most Hispanic neighborhood in the city. Greektown might also work for you.
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Old 12-20-2020, 04:44 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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This is about New York but some of the concerns and advice are the same for Baltimore:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekGILdz0JWw

Last edited by North Beach Person; 12-20-2020 at 04:55 PM..
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Old 12-20-2020, 08:30 PM
 
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Your are right everything is up there. I live in the north part of Baltimore City and do most of my shopping in either Towson or Hunt Valley.. just because I can hit 83 head north and then get on 695 or stay on 83.. Home Depot, Target, Best Buy, Dicks Sporting Goods... its all up there. or in Towson.. Its easy to get in and out

I used to go to Target at Mondawmin.. until it closed and we have a Home Depot at Reisterstown Plaza... as much as I want to support businesses in the City.. its easier sometimes to go to the ones in Hunt Valley or even Pikesville than slogging across the city.. During COVID it hasnt been as bad slogging.. but because I can hit other stores in addition to Target by going into the County so its a little more convenient at times. That said, I try to support businesses in the city when I can.
The notion that all suburbs are like this as has been mentioned a couple times is not true.

I am in Target all the time. I can bike to it in 4 minutes. or walk to it ten. I remember when it was the location of the county workshop. (Still looking for a Model A Silhouette window pane)

I could put anybody posting in this thread in touch with a few folks who have been in nearly every suburb of the US many times, and 5 of the seven Continents, and no, most suburbs are NOT LIKE THIS. And yes, I can get to anything without a car!

The problem is access to things in the city. You can always go down there for events, or lectures for example that they have at the Peabody. But shopping? Groceries? No never mind, vibrancy........

I still can't figure out working in a nice area and wanting to live in another area miles away that isn't as nice.
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Old 12-21-2020, 08:26 AM
 
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The notion that all suburbs are like this as has been mentioned a couple times is not true.

I am in Target all the time. I can bike to it in 4 minutes. or walk to it ten. I remember when it was the location of the county workshop. (Still looking for a Model A Silhouette window pane)

I could put anybody posting in this thread in touch with a few folks who have been in nearly every suburb of the US many times, and 5 of the seven Continents, and no, most suburbs are NOT LIKE THIS. And yes, I can get to anything without a car!

The problem is access to things in the city. You can always go down there for events, or lectures for example that they have at the Peabody. But shopping? Groceries? No never mind, vibrancy........

I still can't figure out working in a nice area and wanting to live in another area miles away that isn't as nice.
There are tens of thousands of suburbs across America. You know people who have been to nearly every one of them?

I've lived in several US cities and I was also an expat in other countries for a long time as well. The Cockeysville / York Road /I-83 corridor is the archetypical standard suburbia that you find in every metro area. It is identical to large swathes of suburban Philadelphia, suburban DC, suburban Boston, suburban Atlanta, suburban Raleigh, suburban Cleveland, suburban... you get the point. It is the main retail corridor dominated by national big box chains and chain restaurants intermingled with some locally owned businesses. It is heavily car congested. There is nothing unique about it. There's nothing wrong with it either. On either side of the corridor you have clusters of townhouse and SFH developments, and a bit further afield, larger SFH on winding lanes and eventually the horse country, a pattern that neatly parallels many other suburban areas.

I'm sure many people who live along and off this corridor love where they live. It is also not what everyone wants. I looked at several houses off Falls Road west of Cockeysville and while there were virtues to the area, I realized it wasn't what I wanted. Not for me.

We may be resorting to a bit of cliches here, but a multiracial lesbian couple looking for a bit of diversity probably isn't going to consider the York Road/Cockeysville corridor their ideal place to live either. I could be wrong, of course. But there are other areas of the Baltimore region that seem to have a higher concentration of lesbian couples (and gay couples). And it's worth pointing them out to the OP.
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Old 12-21-2020, 02:23 PM
 
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BOL to the OP. Like I asked earlier, Urban, or Suburban lite?

And is closer to work more important, or living in a gay enclave with a not so great area around you with few shopping amenities. And much higher property Taxes.

Nobody has mentioned a particular area in the city that's a bit west of Read Street. The name escapes me, it's an old neighborhood, and definitely gay. Even had a gay themed video store. Name of that neighborhood escapes me. I believe it a bit northwest of Read. (Same problem, where is everything, further from work)
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Old 12-21-2020, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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BOL to the OP. Like I asked earlier, Urban, or Suburban lite?

And is closer to work more important, or living in a gay enclave with a not so great area around you with few shopping amenities. And much higher property Taxes.

Nobody has mentioned a particular area in the city that's a bit west of Read Street. The name escapes me, it's an old neighborhood, and definitely gay. Even had a gay themed video store. Name of that neighborhood escapes me. I believe it a bit northwest of Read. (Same problem, where is everything, further from work)
State Center? Bolton Hill?
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Old 12-22-2020, 08:17 AM
 
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BOL to the OP. Like I asked earlier, Urban, or Suburban lite?

And is closer to work more important, or living in a gay enclave with a not so great area around you with few shopping amenities. And much higher property Taxes.

Nobody has mentioned a particular area in the city that's a bit west of Read Street. The name escapes me, it's an old neighborhood, and definitely gay. Even had a gay themed video store. Name of that neighborhood escapes me. I believe it a bit northwest of Read. (Same problem, where is everything, further from work)
You're probably thinking of Read and Park Avenue in Mount Vernon. It's part of Mount Vernon, and yes, the historic center of gays in Baltimore (less so lesbians). Lesbians are scattered, I had heard for a while that Charles Village attracted a number of couples, but the affluent ones these days tend to prefer Roland Park or Mount Washington, the less affluent in Lauraville and Hampden. And the suburbs, of course.

Living close to work is relative to what one wants and needs. Baltimore is a smaller metro area that commuting is reasonable for many people. Mount Vernon to Cockeysville/Hunt Valley is a reverse commute, not that long, and done by quite a few (including from the waterfront neighborhoods to Cockeysville). And, of course, many people in the suburbs commute long distances entirely in the suburbs or to the city.
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