Homeland Professional Review and Guide
"This leafy and somewhat tony North Baltimore enclave was originally established in 1695 by Job Evans and was known as Job’s Addition. Almost two centuries later, that tract of land, as well as neighboring tracts, had been purchased and maintained by David Maulden Perine. The almost-400-acre parcel, by then known as the Perine Estate of Homeland, became the neighborhood now known as Homeland. The Roland Park Company purchased it for $1 million (several of the houses there now would easily fetch that much and more) and turned it into one of the country’s first planned communities in 1924. And the planning was sublimely done. As with other Roland Park Company planned neighborhoods (see Walk 29: Guilford and Walk 30: Roland Park), the terrain was incorporated into the design, a departure from earlier views of nature as something to subdue and form into more “human” lines and angles. In 2001, the entire neighborhood was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Homeland’s most well-known resident was novelist Anne Tyler (The Accidental Tourist is the most famous of her almost 20 novels), who lived here for several decades; Homeland lends itself as the setting of many of her books. It’s no wonder she and so many others chose this wonderful urban neighborhood. A leisurely stroll through Homeland remains a pleasure, as it undoubtedly has for close to a hundred years now."