I'm looking for a home in Baltimore City or County in a safe area with good school district. I want a house

Asked by Lauren, Baltimore, MD Thu Apr 2, 2009

with a yard, at least three bedrooms and at least two bathrooms. My budget is $250,000. I've been looking at Hampden and Mt. Washington, any other suggestions?

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L, Both Buyer And Seller, Baltimore, MD
Wed Apr 29, 2009
Have you looked in the Greenberry Woods neighborhood of Mt. Washington? We're selling a townhouse there that may appeal to you, and it's well within your price range. MLS # BA7043237.
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Rebecca Reev…, Agent, Lutherville, MD
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Come see what I mean this Sunday 1-3 115 Bradford and 19 N Belnord...
For just under $240K you can get a completely rehabbed top to bottom gorgeous new 3 BD 2.5 BAth town house in PattersonPark. You own't have a back yard but the ones on the unit blocks, on the north side of the Park, are steps away from what Newsweek called "America's Best Back Yard - swimming pool, tennis courts, acres of grass, playgrounds, summer concerts etc. The houses are beautiful with granite and stainless Steel kitchens, Spa baths with jetted tubs and Euro showers, Exposed Brick and gleeming hardwoods through out - But the best part is being on the same block with St Elizabeths and the Paterson Park Charter School - a very successful "blue ribbon" school. We also have "build -to- suite" townhouses, and properties in Butchers Hill, and Canton, again all brand new rehabs in historic . Also if you got some expert help you should be able to pick up a foreclosure or short sale $325K+ house for under $250K in Towson, Timonium, Lutherville, etc. Personally I have not been impressed with Hampden schools but you should look to the Baltimore City crime map, and city schools site for that info. Check http://www.livebaltimore.com click Neighborhoods for overview, and click on crime stats and there's a link there for Balto city schools and county schools are http://www.bcps.org. If we can help please call my cell 410-258-8935 Good luck!
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Marney Kirk, Agent, Towson, MD
Fri Apr 3, 2009
Lauren, there are many options in Hampden within your price range, but they may not have the 2 bathrooms you desire. I live just up Falls Road from there & Mt. Washington and have much experience in my 11 years showing & selling those neighborhoods.
The next best step really is to have a Buyer Counseling Session where you & an agent sit down for an hour or two and you both discover what the best house/area/etc may be for you. By learning your needs, a professional agent can help you to understand what is out there and what may or may not work for you.
It is true that we, as agents, cannot speak of safe areas & school districts. Maryland law prevents us from doing so, because, honestly, what *I* may feel is safe or good may *not* be so in your opinion.
As mentioned in another answer, you can search the Baltimore City police website ( http://www.baltimorepolice.org/your-community/crime-map ) to track crime in each area. It is broken down by zip code and location. It even tells you what type has happened there! You can also feel free to visit the local station. The police are very helpful and really care about their districts!
As for schools, a good place to check is a website called greatschools.net . You can enter school info and it tells you the national scores, etc. As a heads up, not all schools have their ratings on there, I am not certain why.
Please let me know how I can be of further service.
Marney Kirk
Keller Williams Excellence Realty
Office: 410-560-5858
E-mail: realtormarney@yahoo.com
Web: http://www.realtormarney.com

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voices member, , 21117
Thu Apr 2, 2009
Hi Lauren,

If you are interested in the county side of 21209, you are probably looking at either a townhome, condo or older single family home. I have lived in Mt. Washington in the past and it is a fantastic part of town. Lots of restaurants, shops and close to all that Baltimore has to offer culturally. My husband and I actually contemplated moving ourselves and our young son to 21209, even though we would be sacrificing our large single family home for a smaller one. As an ethical agent, I cannot comment on "safe" areas. You should always do your own research and consider contacting the local police department for crime statistics. I work just a few minutes from the area and do quite a bit of business there. I'd be happy to help. Feel free to contact me by email at LDevnew@cbmove.com or on 410-625-0990. I hope to speak soon!

Best of luck,
Lisa Devnew
Coldwell Banker
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Kevin Willner, Agent, Baltimore, MD
Thu Apr 2, 2009
Hi Lauren,
Please feel fre to go to my website for info on neighborhoods and schools. If you have any questions please feel fre to call or email me.
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Lynn Kedzier…, , Baltimore County, MD
Thu Apr 2, 2009
Hi Lauren ,

My name is Lynn Kedzierski . If you are a first Time Home buyer there are a lot of programs that can help you with buying home and covering most of your closing cost . I am very familiar with the Baltimore area . Please feel free to contact me at anytime and I will be more then Happy to sit down with you and your family and go over everything that you and your family is looking for . I hope to hear from you soon.

Lynn Kedzierski
Home Selling Assistance Platinum
Office 410-285-4663
Cell 443-739-1194
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Matthew T. S…, Agent, Perry Hall, MD
Thu Apr 2, 2009
Dear Lauren,

I am very familiar with these areas. I actually just got a beautiful fully renovated town home in Hampden under contract today. There are a lot of other nicely renovated homes available within Hampden currently. I have viewed just about all of them within this price range over the past few weeks for the client who is just now under contract for a purchase. If you are a first time buyer, I can also assist you with getting grant money to help cover a large chunk of your closing costs. If you are interested in my assistance, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail at MTSmoot@hsaplatinum.com.

Thank You
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Sharon Curti…, Agent, Berlin, MD
Thu Apr 2, 2009
Hi Lauren: I don't cover the Baltimore area, but I do have an agent that works the area and I have referred to her on several occasions. She is very easy to work with, has a lot of experience and all the clients have have referred to her have been very happy with her service. Let me know if you want a referral and I will be happy to have her contact you. Feel free to check out my website for free buyer reports and tips on buying a home.
Web Reference:  http://www.sharoncurtiss.com
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Candice Titus, Agent, Catonsville, MD
Thu Apr 2, 2009
I would love to help you find the perfect home. Can we set up an appointment to sit down and review over the available homes? I am very familiuar with the Baltimore area.

Candice Titus
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