North Central Baltimore Professional Review and Guide
"I’ll admit it: I have a bias about the neighborhoods that comprise the northernmost stretches of central Baltimore city. These are the last pockets before you reach Baltimore County. They are wonderful neighborhoods—simply terrific places to live. I should know: it’s where my wife and I bought our first house in Baltimore. And what I discovered then is what still largely holds true now: unless you live in these neighborhoods, you’ve probably never heard of them. I’m speaking of Pinehurst, Cedarcroft, Mossway, and Midhurst. They form the chain of neighborhoods abutting and sometimes spilling over the city line into the county, bordered to the south by Lake Evesham (better known and included here) and to the north by Rodgers Forge (better known still as the quintessential post-WWII town house neighborhood for returning vets). Compared to Baltimore County, the city takes some hits: after all, if you can live in Rodgers Forge, mere feet away from the city line and so close to everything the city has to offer, but pay half as much in property taxes, receive better and more efficient services, and enjoy blue ribbon schools, why would you choose to live in the city? There are plenty of easy answers to that one, of course. (This book provides a rather emphatic answer.) But the question is even more immediate when one chooses to live in one of these neighborhoods, so close to the advantages afforded by living in the county. Well, simply walk through these lovely places and you’ll see the answer soon enough. Just don’t give out the secret: remember, relatively few Baltimoreans even know these places exist. They may prove a surprise to you too—unless you live here, of course. And if you do, you already get it, don’t you?"