The commuting time is something that should be considered not just to and from Baltimore and access to all the great things the metro area has to offer. Catonsville is a great location. It is close to Baltimore City (15-20 minutes), Baltimore Washington International Airport (10 Minites), I95 for access to Washington DC and it has two colleges, University of Maryland Baltimore County & Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville Campus. The Patapsco State Park backs up to Catonsville and offers some of the best Mountain Biking and Hiking trails in the country. Housing here has remained somewhat steady even in this declining market. It has a very active community. For more information go to http://www.catonsville.org .
I service the Catonsville, Ellicott City areas and would be happy to give assistance. Here is my contact information;
George Brookhart, CRS
Maryland Residential Realty
There are many options when it comes to living near Baltimore.
Depending on how much of a commute your son would be willing to do, there are plenty of homes in both Maryland and PA that may fit his needs!
I have an agent in my office who is licensed in both PA & MD and can help your son determine where may be best for him. Her office & home are right by York.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at my office 410-560-5858 and I will be happy to share more information.
Keller Williams Excellence Realty
I specialize in helping first time home buyers... I am currently helping three of them into their first homes in the Baltimore area. Like others have said, "travelling distance" is definitely a relative term, and while Adams/York counties are in that distance, I can tell you that if he is going downtown every day, he's not always going to be a happy camper! I-83 is the main road downtown, and I have many friends and family who battle that traffic each day... My aunt and cousin live in Shrewsbury, PA (literally just over the border) and make that commute downtown daily. Not fun!
That being said, there are houses available there, as well as other places that are not "in" Baltimore but are convenient to Baltimore, and use the other main arteries into the city - I-95 and I-695, for example. Of course, many say that nothing beats living downtown and walking/biking to work. To each his/her own!
I would love to help. Please let me know if I can be of any service.
There are also reasonably priced homes just south of the PA line along the I-83 corridor(Harford and Baltimore counties). You would eliminate the high PA property tax and a great deal of the commute yet still have the convenience of a major highway. Try Parkton, Norrisville, Hunt Valley or Whitehall, pylesville. These are more rural areas and you will find primarily single family homes.
There is also Whitemarsh, and Nottingham in Baltimore county which have a ton of shopping, night life , movie theatres, restaurants etc. not to mention a ton of new home construction. There are a lot of townhomes in these areas as well as single family residences. There is easy access to I-95 from these areas.
Good Luck to your son.
I also would be willing to pay you a referral fee if your son uses me to make purchase in Carroll County.
Just call Rob 410-259-0435
Home Selling Assistance Platinum
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Many people who work in Md. are attracted to Pa because the housing prices are lower than those in Md. One thing many people are unaware of until it is too late, is that Pa. has extremely taxes. You pay your taxes based on the school district. It would not be uncommon to see your taxes run in upwards of $6000-$8000. So the cost of housing does not make quite as much difference with this factored in.
There are many areas within the Balto. area where you can get a good deal. I specialize in the Balto and surrounding areas but many of my colleagues are also licensed in PA. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.