Catonsville, MD Real Estate News

By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Great neighborhood alert in Catonsville:  Rollingwood!I have several friends who live in this sweet little community which is sometimes called Keeper Hill.  It's bordered by Frederick Road at the top and Rolling Road and Devere on either side.  The neighborhood has several  streets which play off the Rolling Road name such as Rollingwood, Rollingbrook and Rollingfield.Click here to read more about Rollingwood Neighborhood!  The McIntire Luxury Home Team Are you are planning to move to Howard County or Catonsville and you want a Buyers Agent that really knows the area? Find out why Goldilocks would use the McIntire Luxury Home Team and you should too (hint - we are just right)!Visit www.FindAHowardCountyHome.com or www.FindACatonsvilleHome.com ****** Don't take my word for it, see what o...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The third annual Ellicott City 5K, 10K and Kids Fun Run is coming up on Sunday, July 1st at the Benjamin Banneker Park in Oella.  The park is near Catonsville and old Ellicott City and surrounded by trees so it's a gorgeous run!  The race is sponsored by MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Center and is also intended to raise awareness about diabetes in adults and children.   Proceeds will go to Adventures for the Cure which sends kids with diabetes to camp and supports kids with disabilities in Kenya.The 5K and 10K both start at 8:15 that morning and a .4 mile Kids Fun Run starts right after.  The kids race is open for 4-10 year olds and should be fun to watch!The courses will take runners down Oella Avenue, onto Old Frederick Road and then to the Trolley Train #9.  Beginner and moderate racers...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- May 2012 Catonsville, MD May saw a decent month for Catonsville, though sales were lower than one would have hoped.  Compared to last May 2011, sales went down 20% from $13.7 million to $10.9 million (which is down 9.8% compared to last month).  Ten less homes were sold this May, 42 vs. 52 last year, and the average sold price dipped slightly by almost 2%.  Less people are listing their homes, with 20% fewer active listings right now than there were last year, but hopefully this slight hiccup in sales will be followed by a grand June.    Catonsville, MD   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area ...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Sponsorship of Community Teams in Catonsville Summer for our family has always meant lots of time at our local community pool.  I grew up nearby and our family joined Westview Pool, now known as the Crosby Crossing Swim Club, when I was a kid.  When my sons (now 21 and 22) were young, it was a great place for them to meet new friends, get exercise and for us to spend time together. They loved their time as Crosby Crossing SAILFISH. Sydney joined the swim team when she was only 4 years old. Her first swim meet she was very excited.  When she won her heat, she yelled "Mama, I won all the kids!"  I was a little concerned about sportsmanship until her second stroke, coming in 3rd, she said, "Wow Mama, did you see that girl, she was EVEN faster than me!" She has loved every minute, even the ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
  If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service).If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home with a Realtor who will market your property with multiple resources, call me for an appointment. These are the areas that I serve Buyers or Sellers in the Metro Baltimore area : Click on these links to search for homes in Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Anne Arundel County & Carroll County.  If you would like more information please call me, Ellie McIntire at 443-418-7668or e-mail EllieMcIntire@MRIS.com. Don't take my word for it, see what other happy families have said about their home buy...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Catonsville--Family Affair Produce   If you are looking for fabulous fresh produce and flowers near Catonsville and Ellicott City, be sure to stop by Family Affair Produce at 2302 Frederick Road.    At least once a week,we make the short trip down Frederick Road and pull into the small parking lot in front of the building, across from Dimitri’s Restaurant and just a few miles from Treuth’s Butcher.    I find that it’s great for my budget and my waistline to shop these great local shops and not be open to all the temptations of chips, the candy and ice cream aisles!  FRESH is better! You know when you stop in A Family Affair, you will really feel like family!  You will always get a smile and a big greeting from Tony Poleski, Tony Jr and all the rest of the ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
This is one of the best hidden gems in the Catonsville and Ellicott City area! Family Affair Produce and Garden Center sits on Frederick Road just near the Catonsville/Ellicott City line.  The incredible freshness and variety of local fruits and vegetables is second to none! Sweet corn, local tomatoes, peaches, melons, squash, you name it and they have it!   They also sell local jams, honey and crab meat so you can really plan your whole meal around a visit to their shop! But what will really knock your socks off are the thousands of annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants that cover a half acre outside the store.  It's surrounded by gorgeous, flowering, healthy plants - it makes you want to live here!  Roses, sunflowers, native grasses, heirloom tomatoes, hollyhock, hydranga's, tons ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Another hidden gem in Catonsville!  Ok - maybe this one is not so hidden!   Opie's Softserve and Snowball Stand at 1603 Edmondson Avenue in the heart of Catonsville is the place to be all summer long!   The soft serve is the best around - creamy and rich in vanilla, chocolate or swirl.  A variety of sizes including kiddie for those days when you want just a taste.  Get it with or without jimmies or chocolate or peanut butter shell - yummy!! You can't go wrong with a snowcone with 39 flavors to choose from such as classics like orange, lemon lime, cherry,and rainbow as well as the Baltimore area favorites, egg custard and skylite!  A popular item at Opie's is the Snowcream with your choice of snowcone with a serving of soft serve in the middle.  Hot humid Maryland weather has met it's ma...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Memorial Day in Catonsville.If you take a walk down the Main Street of Catonsville on a regular day of the year you might wonder why all the parking meters and light posts have flag holders. On days like Memorial Day it becomes quite evident why Catonsville is known for it's Patriotism.. Today I was up and out early enough to see the "Catonsville Flag Detail" at work. Even at 8:30am the heat was intense, yet with a spring in their step, a band of young men followed a pick up truck down Frederick Road carefully unfurling flags and placing them in the flag holders. Just a few miles down Frederick Road in Catonsville and over the Baltimore City line,  the Baltimore National Cemetery was also a blaze of red white and blue after local cub scout troops continued a 25 year tradition of placing...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Swimming Pools in Catonsville, Maryland Is it HOT enough for you?  Did the summer sneak up on you and you are trying to figure out what to do with the kids? School will be over in a matter of days and you are already dreading the "I'm booooored" that will be sure to come. If you have been discouraged to find that several of the area pools have long waiting lists to get in, you are in luck! I am going to let you in on one of the areas best kept secrets.  There is NO WAITING LIST at Crosby Crossing Swim Club (formerly known as Wesview Pool). CrosbyCrossing is a member owned pool, with a professional management team. You don't have to be a resident of the Westview Park neighborhood, we have members from all over the area! Just wait until you check out the beautiful facility situated on  3 ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Another reason why the Catonsville and Ellicott City areas are a great place to live!Did you know there is a historical museum tucked away in the Oella area?  The Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum  is hosting a Colonial Market Day this June 9th, 2012.  The museum is located at 300 Oella Ave just down the street from the Trolley Trail, Truetts Butcher and the Breadery.  The Colonial Day runs from 9am - 4pm and is a open community event featuring craftsmen, tradesmen, music, children's activities, food, and Banneker's log cabin. Walk the grounds where Ben walked and see how he lived. All ages welcome, open to the public. Free, donations appreciated. The museum itself keeps a low profile as it is really off the beaten path!   There are other summer activities taking place there this summer i...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- April 2012 Catonsville, MD   Real estate in Catonsville is alive and strong.  The market saw a solid increase from April of last year with sales volume going from $8.4 million to $12 million, a 43% increase.  Though the number of units sold was exactly the same at 43, the change came in with the average selling price.  In April 2011, the average price for sold homes was $195 million, and this past month it was $281 million, which is a trend we hope to see continue.  In addition, homes sold on average 27 days quicker, and 50 less homes are currently on the market.    21228   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that rea...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Catonsville has a number of great little playgrounds tucked away!  A recent discovery for us is the Rollingwood Park on Devere which cuts between Frederick Road and Old Frederick Road near Westchester Elementary. This playground is special for its' appeal to younger kids - including 2 kiddie basket swings (and 2 regular swings), a small plastic slide and ladder, and a cool race car on a spring big enough for several kids to play in. Even young walkers can be helped on to these play areas.  For the older kids, there is a larger area with several slides and options for climbing. Some other stand out features include: A basketball court fenced in on 3 sides.  Perfect for riding bikes, scooters, etc as well as shooting baskets or playing with other balls. Picnic tables to enjoy snacks or lu...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Ah - lacrosse season in Baltimore County!  I didn't grow up around here but have learned how HUGE this sport is in Maryland.  The Catonsville High School girl’s team just won the County championship by the way! Many of my son's friends started playing this spring in the Catonsville Lacrosse Recreation Clinic.  The games are often played on the fields at Hillcrest Elementary.   Catonsville also has a Soft Stick Program for 3-5 year olds.  They use a soft lacrosse ball so they don’t need all the equipment to start playing the sport! Boy’s lacrosse allows stick checking even at this young age and kids as young as 5 years wear helmets and full pads.  As they get older – the skills that shine in LAX are speed, agility and passing as well as scoring of course!  Watching kids play at the recre...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Knock Knock....Who's There...PROSPECT! The knock on the door at my home came as I was finishing up with a client.  I answered the door and asked the salesmen to hold just a second while I finished up my call. Once I finished, the gentleman at the door said:  "I am sorry that we caught you in the middle of a call." ME:  "No worries, I am a loan officer, pretty much any time you come by these days, you will catch me in the middle of a call!" HIM:  "You are a loan officer?  I am trying to buy a home and I am having trouble, can you help?" ME:  "I would be happy to speak with you about it and see what I can do" HIM: "That would be great, I haven't felt comfortable that the folks I am dealing with really know how to help me." HIS TRAINEE:  "I have a friend dealing with a lender in California...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The Breadery Bakery is a hidden gem in Catonsville. Walk into the charming store of The Breadery Bakery Catonsville MD and you are enveloped by the scent of fresh baked bread, muffins, scones, croissants and cookies. Click here to read more about the The Breadery bakery in Catonsville!    The McIntire Luxury Home Team Are you are planning to move to Howard County or Catonsville and you want a Buyers Agent that really knows the area? Find out why Goldilocks would use the McIntire Luxury Home Team and you should too (hint - we are just right)!Visit www.FindAHowardCountyHome.com or www.FindACatonsvilleHome.com ****** Don't take my word for it, see what other happy families have said about their home buying or selling experiences:Ellie McIntire Client Reviews on Zillow. The McIntire Team Re...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- March 2012   March 2011 saw a dip in sales compared to March of last year, partly a result of such a strong showing last month. Sales volume was down 35%, going from $8.3 million to $5.3 million.  This was largely the product of only 23 homes being sold this month: twelve less units than March 2011.  Homes sold, on average, in 16 less days, though three homes took over 180 days to sell.  Because February was so strong, March's decline isn't too worrying, and the market in Catonsville should look to recover in the next few months.   21228   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it ...
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By Alan Barker
(Boomerang Leads)
Catonsville, Maryland is located in the heart of America's oldest heritages. Settled by the Europeans early in the discovery of the new world, they lived beside the Piscataway Indians for many years. Since its early beginnings Catonsville has been a choice location for living. During the colonial period Baltimoreans would build their summer homes in Catonsville to escape the heat. Through the centuries Catonsville has remained a great place to start a new home and has been voted in the top 50 places to live.  The Catonsville culture revolves around music. It was named Music City, Maryland due to the numerous music shops, venues, and education opportunities. Each summer there are many summer concert series in various locations around the community. Each month there are also the famous Ap...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
A Night of Food, Festivity and Fun in Catonsville ~  Taste of Catonsville 2012 The best kept gastronomic secret in Baltimore County, Maryland is the abundance of great restaurants in Catonsville. In the past 9 years that I have resided here, the area has seen a huge change in dining options. Just recently The Ships Cafe on Frederick Road in Catonsville celebrated 10 years of new ownership. A complete facelift and expansion and the best crabs in the area all year long has become a local destination. Across the street is the Catonsville Gourmet (my personal favorite) and a handful of other new restaurants too have opened their doors. The choice in Catonsville is abundant.What an amazing concept to gather local restaurants for a big event in one place.The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Com...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- February 2012   February was a good month for Catonsville.  Sales increased over 50% when compared to last year, going from $5.2 million to $8 million. Ten more homes were sold, and on general sold for 7& more than the same time in 2011. The average days on the market increased by 4%, though that's slightly skewed by one home taking over 720 days to sell. Ten sold within 20 days. Active listings are down over 27%, but it certainly has been more active in terms of sales this year than it was in 2011.   21228   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Pers...
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