Rosedale, where families stay on 'Shopping is great,' and home sales on upswing, agent says

Neighborhood Profile: Rosedale

October 25, 1998|By Charles Belfoure | Charles Belfoure,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Just ask Barbara Pflugard about her brothers and sister, and what you'll get is a quick overview of Rosedale.

"Oh my, yes, my sister lives just next door, my brothers live just a few blocks away, and my nephew and his kids live right nearby," Pflugard said.

"That's an important part of Rosedale," said Bob Krach, an agent with Re/Max-Elite's White Marsh office. "Families stay in the neighborhood."

Children stay and buy in this southeastern Baltimore County community, often on the same block where they grew up. "My daughter lives here, too, but she has to move away, and she's heartbroken," said Pflugard, 84, who has spent her life in Rosedale.

Rosedale is bounded by the city line, the Back River, Interstate 95 and Golden Ring Road. This makes it a very well-located place to live and commute to work.

Doris McNabb works at the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor. "I just jump on Route 40, and I'm there in 15 minutes," she said. The community's main thoroughfare is Philadelphia Road, which connects with the Beltway, which in turn connects with I-95, making for a quick commute to Baltimore and Harford counties.

"The shopping is great," said Mona Taylor, a Rosedale resident since 1997. The White Marsh and Golden Ring malls are minutes away. Philadelphia Road also provides a good selection of stores for local shopping.

The style of houses ranges from some of the earliest turn-of-the-century homes to ranchers, Cape Cods and, more recently, townhouses. According to Krach, Rosedale's prices range from $95,000 to $145,000. It's mainly an area of homeowners with some scattered renters. "Sales-wise, it's on the upswing," remarked Krach.

"It's a close-knit community. Everybody knows everybody," said McNabb, a resident of 26 years. She also emphasized that if natives of Rosedale have to move, it's not uncommon for them to return to Rosedale if they get the chance. "My kids go to school with kids whose parents I went to high school with."

Rosedale is named after the estate of William Smith, built in the 1860s. It was mostly farmland until the end of the World War II.

"When I went to school, the boys only had to go 100 days a year, because they were needed for harvests," Pflugard recalled.

A history of Baltimore City and County from 1881 mentions truck farming in Rosedale. About eight years ago at a community association meeting, several old documents were dropped in Doris McNabb's lap, and she organized them. Those documents became the nucleus of the Rosedale Historical Society's collection of information, photographs and memorabilia at the Rosedale Library.

Kathleen Button, a resident of Rosedale since 1952, helps manage the archive and has seen the farms disappear.

The farms may be gone, but some of the oldest buildings are still on Philadelphia Road, such as the German-American Protestant Sunday School from 1896 and Seward's Store from 1898. The two-room schoolhouse Pflugard attended has survived as well.

Development began to accelerate with the construction of U.S. 40 -- Pulaski Highway -- between the world wars.

Everyone in Rosedale speaks highly of the local schools, especially Red House Run Elementary. Lynn Lavery, assistant principal, praises the involvement of parents in school activities. Gov. Parris N. Glendening visited the school last month to recognize the number of volunteer hours that went into establishing its technology program. Only one other school in the state was so honored.

"We have an enrichment program in social studies and science and instructional programs that extend past the school day," Lavery said. Red House Run offers science instruction, an art program, and additional academic assistance after school.

"There's also five special education outreach programs, including three that are for preschoolers," she said.

"The recreational council is very strong here," said Krach, adding, "a lot of kids from outside the area participate in in the soccer program." Soccer is one of many activities coordinated by the Rosedale branch of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

"We have dance and tap classes, wrestling, football and a swimming program," said Cindy Jeanetta, assistant to the community supervisor. There's a summer program for children as well.

Jeanetta echoes Lynn Lavery when she says the volunteer efforts of the community's parents are what make the program successful.

Rosedale is a neighborhood with old-fashioned values. That's why Doris McNabb knows that she'll keep running into people that she went to school with: "It's a community that comes back to itself."

Rosedale

Population: 18,703

Commuting time to downtown Baltimore: 15 minutes

Public schools: Rosedale, Red House Run, McCormick elementary schools; Golden Ring Middle School; Overlea High

Shopping: Rosedale Shopping Center, Golden Ring Mall, Golden Ring Plaza, White Marsh Mall

ZIP code: 21237

Average price of a single-family home: $110,393*

* Based on 96 sales in 1998 as recorded by the Metropolitan Regional Information System

Pub Date: 10/25/98

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