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Two towns: one up, one down

Neighborhood Profile

February 16, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"We wanted to provide an outlet for the artist community out here," said Jay Madairy, who exhibits art at PictureScapes gallery and frame shop. His gallery features works by 20 local artists, including wildlife oil painter Ginny Covey

He and wife, Lisa, commute from Forest Hill to the frame shop, which they opened two years ago to replace one that had been in business for 15 years.

In March, they'll play host to the Maryland Pastel Society. In June, they will be the host for the Young Artists Studio (a Four Corners children's art studio taught by Susan Diliberto).

Last year, about 250 parents turned out to see their children's art. "That says a lot about the involvement of parents with their children," Mr. Madairy said. "If we could afford to live here, we'd probably move."

Debbie Collins, who works at Sweet Air Nursery, moved with husband Lloyd to Jacksonville about 11 years ago.

"I feel fortunate to have been able to move into this community. We came at the right time, right price. I'm not so sure we could do that now," she said.

Jacksonville

Population: 7,500

Commuting time to downtown Baltimore: 40 minutes.

Public schools: Jacksonville Elementary, Cockeysville Middle, Dulaney High.

Nearest mall: Hunt Valley Mall.

Points of Interest: Ladew Topiary Gardens, Loch Raven Reservoir, Northern Central Railroad hike-bike trail.

ZIP code: 21131.

Average price of a single-family home: $297,192*

*Based on 85 sales during the past 12 months through Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Information Technologies' multiple-listing service.

Pub Date: 2/16/97

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