I put this in the “home” area because Maryland is where my husband and I are thinking of making “our home.”
Currently my husband and I live in the southern part of the US. I’ve lived here since I was 6 and my husband moved down here when we got married from up north. We both dislike it here and for a variety of community reasons are looking to relocate when we are ready to raise kids. My mom is most likely moving to Baltimore when she gets married in a few years and my husband and I would really like to move with her to keep our *very* small family intact (free babysitting anyone?) and create the type of family environment where our children can have a close relationship with their family – grandparents, cousins, etc. Although my husband’s father doesn’t live in MD, he lives within driving distance (he does not live within driving distance to us now).
So I want to hear all of the wonderful things about living in Maryland – perhaps Baltimore specifically? My husband and I are taking a visit up there in January, but we know we won’t be able to find out everything we need to all at once, and I’d love to be directed by people who already live there.
I’ve lived in MD (suburbs of Baltimore) for most of my life. Some things I love about Maryland:
-Ocean in the east, mountains in the west… whatever you want!
-Fun social scene downtown
-Lots of active/healthy people- running groups, sporting events, gyms, etc.
-Nicknamed “Smalltimore”- everyone seems to be connected and you’ll always run into people you know
-Lots of options for schools- big private school scene from K-12, many local colleges
-Reasonable cost of living. I bought a house on a single person’s teacher salary.
-Doesn’t matter who you’re talking to, the entire city is united by the sports teams. From Friday to Sunday, you’ll see Ravens jerseys wherever you go.
-Saying “B-more… why be less”
That being said… there are some things i dislike. For instance, parts of the city are terrifying. Let me know if you have specific questions!
Aww Maryland! I’m from between Annapolis and Baltimore, and most of my family lives in the DC suburbs. Between those three cities, there is a lot to do. It’s close to the water and not too far from the ocean. The cost of living is not very expensive. The weather is nice – not too hot or cold.
PM me if you have any questions!
Thank you very much! I will probably pm both of you eventually when I get my bearings a little more – meaning, what specifically I’m still interested in learning about.
I love it so much I came for college and never left! PM me anytime with questions!
I’m from Maryland and I miss it soooo much!!! So much to do, melting pot of cultures, close to DC and VA, and the people are awesome! I’m in Southern California now and it is so different here. You will love it!
I live north of Baltimore and love that we’re so close to DC and NYC. Taking a bus to NYC for a day trip is always fun. I also like that it doesn’t get too hot in the summer and we usually get some snow in the winter. Having grown up in the South, I don’t think people are as friendly here as back home, but that may just come with the bigger city territory.
Are you only interested in what is good about Maryland? I’ve lived here all my life, but traveled a good amount, and my fiance and I wish we could move =/
@BoiledPNut: I could have written this post. I live just north of the city and I’m from the south originally.
I really like it up here and have been here for over 11 years now. Lots to do, close to NYC, DC, and so many other places. Can be in the mountains or at the ocean in a couple of hours. Worst thing is the traffic. I commute to work about 40 miles one way and it’s brutal but my sirius radio helps me get through it.
The only thing I would suggest is that you avoid moving into the city. Pick a suburb…you’ll be happier and safer.
I know a blogger from Baltimore and she is a riot. If you’re into design and decorating, check her out. Heck, check her out even if you aren’t. She does a “Tour de Baltimore” for bloggers (guided trip around town to great home shops) that I’ve been meaning to go on.
So Baltimore is basically an oversized small town. It’s a rather blue collar, down to earth town that embraces its own quirks. Where else can you celebrate Hon Fest AND the writing of the Star Spangled Banner?! Baltimore has lots of places where you simply should not wander, even in broad daylight. Seriously, The Wire wasn’t lying. But it also has some hip, fun neighborhoods and decent suburbs, too. As PP’s stated, you are close to DC and get to enjoy it’s museums and restaurant scene. And if kids are in your future, just go a little south of Baltimore to Howard County for one of the premier school systems in the nation (and a really nice mall, too!).
BTW… If someone asks you where you went to school, they are asking about your high school, not your college or grad school. And you will definitely get asked this question because we’re not used to out of towners (see the oversized small town comment above). Baltimoreans can tell soooo much about a person by where they went to high school. haha
Edit: I don’t live in Baltimore anymore. You couldn’t pay me to live anywhewre near the city. I just can’t deal with the traffic, steady outward creep of city crime, noise, etc. anymore. But the great part is that within an hour’s drive you can be in lovely countryside where the sound you hear is the owls and the traffic you encounter is getting stuck behind a harvester on a country road. It’s wonderful!
I LOVE Baltimore. It’s an awesome city! FI and I are both from different states but moved here and live downtown near the harbor. It’s beautiful, an we love that there is tons to do here but it’s not overly touristy. There are tons of different neighborhoods and each with their own vibe, so it’s neat to explore and find the place where you “fit” best. Lots of festivals and wineries closely too.
Balimore is close to a lot of other major cities: 1 hr from DC, 40 min from
Annapolis which is pretty, about 3 hrs from NYC, 1.5 hrs from Philly, and about 2 hrs from the beach (at least the Delaware beaches where we go).
The city has horrible schools. Until we have kids though I am definitely staying in the city, because I love it! Columbia, Ellicott city suburbs are great with awesome schools.
I too am from Baltimore and I think everyone has given you some great guidance. Granted I haven’t lived there since I graduated High School, but I would honestly love to move back; I am currently living in Brooklyn. Crabs cakes, National Bohemian, Berger cookies, Orioles + Ravens games and Artscape: things you need to experience as much as possible.
The architecture in Baltimore is mostly like any other colonial city. Beautiful brick homes with fenced in backyards and stoops. As you move further away from the core of the city homes are built in the gorgeous Victorian and Colonial Revival styles. And they are supremely affordable. Unfortunately, the city has experienced negative population grown but it is aggressively changing as new life returns to the city.
@hollyberry4: I just wanted to address this piece about Baltimore having terrible schools. The school system in Maryland is actually the best in the nation, and Baltimore City has great schools to offer (article from Washington Post). I went my entire life in public schools and then went to a private school for High School. Poly Technical, Fallstaff Middle, Roland Park City Middle, Western High, Pikesville High, Dunbar High Academy, Baltimore School for the Arts (where MANY a actor have graduated from), and those are just a few schools off of the top of my head. Some of these schools are in predominately black neighborhoods, some a little grittier than others, which is something you’ll just have to get over quickly living in the city. My city isn’t perfectly polished and coiffed. It’s real, it’s beautiful, and it continues to transform itself and strive even under the worst of circumstances.
@misspurplepurl: I didn’t mean to offend anyone by saying the public school system is not very good. Obviously some schools are better than others. I work for Baltimore city public schools and work in 3 of them across the city. I would not send my kids to. Any of the schools I work in, nor most of the schools my colleaugues work in. The schools outside of Baltimore city are wonderful for the most part, and the schools in the city have a lot of room to improve, which they are aware of and working on. One of my schools does not even have an IEP chair, several in te district don’t have a principal. Staff is severely lacking across the board. I don’t think it’s fair to say that public schools in Baltimore city are awesome when they are very much behind their counterparts in the surrounding counties. I love working in the city and am very passionate about the schools here and the future of the schools, but I would definitely want to know a out the reality of the schools before moving there. And it’s good to know those specific schools you listed because tha would be a determining factor of what part of the city to move to to get into that school.
Edit: sorry about the typos! I-phone typing