Insider's Guide To Parkville

A place of `many possibilities'

June 08, 2008|By Brad Schleicher | Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter

Owing its existence to Baltimore City surveyor Simon Jonas Martinet, who purchased the land at an 1874 trustees sale, Parkville began as a farming community with a few businesses dotted along Harford Road. As homes were erected and the area became more populated during the mid-1900s, businesses flourished, contributing to the thriving business and residential community that Parkville is today.

"It's a stable and safe community, not only to shop but to live," says Chris McCollum, a commercial and revitalization specialist for the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development.

Instead of a communitywide architectural style or color scheme, Parkville is full of diverse housing options.

"It offers many possibilities for first-time home buyers, longtime owners, empty nesters, and even those families who have outgrown their current homes," says Jennifer Bayne, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage who lives in Parkville and is a member of the Parkville-Carney Business Association.

Housing stock --The variety of housing styles, sizes and prices makes Parkville an attractive area. Some of the styles in the area include Cape Cods, ranchers, split levels, townhouses, bungalows, colonials and farm houses.

"From a recent college graduate to a married couple with two kids, there's something for everyone," says Tony Guerra of Re/Max Sails in Baltimore.

According to Guerra, prices for homes in the area start at about $150,000.

Rentals --Like the housing stock in the area, rentals are also diverse. There are a number of condominium communities as well as single-family houses for rent.

According to Guerra, a one-bedroom apartment will start around $700 a month, while renting an entire house can cost up to $2,100 a month, depending on the size and location.

Crime --In Parkville, violent crimes aren't really an issue. Cpl. Michael Hill of the Baltimore County Police Department says that because of the business community, property crimes such as larceny from autos and burglaries from homes and businesses are the most prevalent in the area. But crimes of this nature are decreasing.

"Thefts from vehicles are down 30 percent this year," says Hill. "Burglaries are also down 6 percent countywide."

Kids and schools --The Parkville community is served by Oakleigh and Villa Cresta elementaries, White Oak School elementary and middle school, Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology, and Parkville High School and Center for Math/Science. All the schools have met Maryland proficiency levels in reading and math, except for White Oak School.

Shopping --The Harford Road business district offers miles of chain and locally owned shops. There are two larger shopping centers as well, one on Harford Road and the other on Putty Hill Avenue.

Transportation --Although most residents in the area drive, MTA bus No. 19 runs along Harford Road from Carney, through Parkville, to downtown Baltimore.

Nightlife --Parkville offers a laid-back nightlife scene with mostly neighborhood bars. Nearby Magooby's Joke House offers a classic comedy-club atmosphere.

Dining In --Super Fresh is the main grocery store, but there are a lot of smaller, privately owned markets that offer organic produce, fresh seafood and Asian and Italian food products.

Dining Out --Restaurants in Parkville run the gamut, from Persian to seafood, Chinese to Italian and anything in between.

Recreation --Double Rock Park, the biggest park in Parkville, offers walking trails, ball fields, picnicking spots and pavilions for gatherings. Although much smaller, Putty Hill Park offers playgrounds and ball fields.

brad.schleicher@baltsun.com

PARKVILLE BY THE NUMBERS

ZIP code:

21234

Houses on the market:

105

Average asking price:

$277,717 (entire ZIP) *

Average days on the market:

110 (entire ZIP)*

*Information based on sales during the past 180 days, compiled by Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. and Jennifer Bayne, agent, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Parkville.

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