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Moving to Maryland?
Are you considering moving to Maryland? Maybe you already live in Maryland, but you are looking for a change of scenery. How about Baltimore, Maryland? I know what you are thinking. You've seen all the crime shows, and Baltimore is always portrayed as this scary place to live. Sure, some areas of Baltimore are scary, but that is not the case with every location.
You could also have the wrong impression about Baltimore because maybe you've seen one too many John Waters flicks. Yes, we do have some colorful characters here in Baltimore, but I assure you, Baltimore is charming just as the Charm City nickname claims. I live in Baltimore by choice—yes, by choice! So maybe you should consider it, too.
If you would like to live in Baltimore County, I would recommend living in Towson. Towson is the county seat in Baltimore and a really nice place to visit, and it's even a great place to stay. Many people come here to go to college but then stay once they realize the location is great. There are a pretty decent amount of jobs around here, and the area is reasonably safe. Of course, every place has crime, but you can walk down the streets in Towson and not fear for your safety. Although, at night, you probably want to be cautious. I mean, seriously, we are still in Baltimore.
Towson also has a District Court and Circuit Court. There is a huge library in the center of Towson, as well. There is plenty of shopping. Also, for the college students, yes, there are plenty of bars, too. Towson has a number of options for restaurants, whether you like local family-owned restaurants or national chain restaurants. Towson has something for everyone.
So what do I feel are the top 5 reasons for living in Towson, Maryland?
- You Can Get an Education
- Apartments Are Everywhere
- There's Tons of Shopping
- There Are Many Local Restaurants
- The Towsontown Spring Festival Is a Highlight Every Year
1. You Can Get an Education
Towson has not one, but two colleges!
The second largest university in the state of Maryland is Towson University. Towson University has over 20,000 students! It offers over 100 degree programs, including bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Many students live on campus, but there are plenty that live off campus in various apartments and houses in the area.
If a large university is not your style, there is always Goucher College. Goucher College is a private, liberal arts college tucked away in a suburban area of Towson. It is surrounded by a wooded area to give it a secluded feel. The college offers over 30 majors for students and believes in an "education without boundaries." It is the first college to require students to study abroad.
2. Apartments Are Everywhere
Towson has a little something for everyone as far as housing is concerned. Of course, there are houses to buy or rent, but there are many apartment complexes. As a matter of fact, new apartment buildings are being built all the time. Many apartment buildings that have been here for a while are newly remodeled.
If you want to live in the center of Towson, there are a number of high rise buildings. If you are interested in the suburbs, there are plenty of apartment complexes that are garden style or townhouse style. Price ranges for apartments in Towson are anywhere from $900 a month to somewhere in the $2,000 price range. It all depends on your needs and your priorities.
3. There's Tons of Shopping
Do you like to shop? If you like to shop, Towson is the place to be. Towson Town Center Mall is one of the largest malls (due to renovation, it could be the largest now) in the state of Maryland. A new wing was added with a number of high-end stores, such as Louis Vuitton and Tiffany's. Aside from the new section, the mall offers everything from Spencer's to Coach. Every clothing store you can imagine is at the mall (and probably some you've never imagined). If you love to shop, you could probably spend the entire day at this 4-story mall and still miss something.
Even if you do not enjoy mall shopping, Towson has everything else you can imagine. There are numerous grocery stores, including Safeway, Shoppers, Superfresh, and Trader Joe's. Also, Towson has both Walmart and Target, and they are conveniently located in the same shopping center in case you want to compare prices. There is also a Petsmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Marshall's, and plenty of other stores in the same shopping center.
4. There Are Many Local Restaurants
Towson is a great town for dining out. There are many restaurants that are within walking distance in town. Of course, you will find some standard chain restaurants like T.G.I. Friday's and Cheesecake Factory. You will even find a Melting Pot.
La Cakerie is currently located on Allegheny Avenue and easy to access from the center of Towson. The owner and chef, Jason, has been on the show Cupcake Wars. You can often see him roaming around the restaurant even though there are more locations now than just Towson. You can buy wonderful cupcakes, get gourmet ice cream, try some fancy doughnuts, or even get a sandwich for lunch. If you want something fancier, you can order a nice cake and even get it delivered.
The Greene Turtle
The Greene Turtle is located in many locations in Maryland now, but not all locations have a skeeball machine. For that reason, you've definitely got to visit it in Towson. You can celebrate Maryland with some of the best crab cakes, crab dip, or Maryland crab soup around. After you are done, you can play some skeeball. The Towson location also has a new roof top dining area. You can get a beautiful view of Towson while having your meal.
Aside from the restaurants listed above (which are my two favorites), there are many other great places to eat, such as:
- Pasta Mista (casual Italian dining)
- Strapazza (Italian bistro)
- S & J Crab Ranch (casual seafood dining)
- Bread & Circuses Bistro (American & French)
- 7 West (Mediterranean Cuisine)
- Cafe Troia (Italian restaurant)
5. The Towsontown Spring Festival Is a Highlight Every Year
The Towsontown Spring Festival is an event most Towson residents look forward to attending each spring. Usually the event is held in May. This year, there was a petting zoo, pony rides, music, performances, and a ton of vendors selling everything from crabcakes to jewelry. Some vendors can even educate you on matters like home improvement or gutter repair. You never know what you may find at the Towsontown Spring Festival.
In that respect, the festival is a lot like Towson. You just never know what you may find in Towson. It is a quirky and fun town. There are plenty of college students, but just as many retirees (and everything in between); you may come to visit, but it is a nice place to stay.
Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 10, 2012:
Yes, Towson is definitely working on looking nicer with plants and flowers. Also, the new mall that is coming in a couple of years should make the town better for businesses. I hated it when everything was closing recently. Finally, the economy and Towson seems to be coming back.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 10, 2012:
The whole area around the court house is very pretty, the have such attractive plantings.
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 09, 2012:
Dolores Monet - I did not know that about the court house. I actually used to work there at one point. I used to record the trials. Thanks for dropping by and sharing!
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 09, 2012:
Did you know that the Towson Court House has been used in at least one movie - I think it was a stand-in for the White House! The movie may have been Absolute Power, but not sure.....
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on September 06, 2011:
Towson is a great town. It is like being in the suburbs, yet living in the city at the same time. I came here for college and never left. Thanks for the comment!
imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on September 06, 2011:
I live only minutes from Towson. I love the convenience of having so much practically at my fingertips!
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on May 09, 2011:
Yes, we do certainly have some rough areas around here. Towson is one of the nicest areas. It helps that it is a college town. I am sure that is part of the reason it is kept up so well. No parents want to send their kids away to college in a dangerous area. Thanks for the vote up!
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on May 08, 2011:
My favorite part of Towson is how close it is to Laurel Race Track....which is way better than Pimilco....the neighborhood that surrounds Pimilco....is a little rough....nice hub...voted up