“Why Carroll County Maryland??” …..Because it feels like home.
I moved to Carroll County over 20 years ago when I was looking to start and raise my family. I was from the DC suburbs and had been to Carroll County several times and remembered “how far away it seemed”, yet still close to everything. As a young first time home buyer the first thing that caught my eye were the affordable home prices. It’s still the same today, Carroll County http://www.carr.org is very affordable compared to its neighboring counties. Then, when I researched the school system http://www.carrollk12.org/ crime statistics www.carrollcountysheriff.com/ and recreational facilities , I knew Carroll County was the place to put down roots. And this was before I’d met anyone who lived here! Once I starting talking to people that lived in Carroll, I knew I made the right decision.http://www.carrollcountytourism.org/
Located 30 minutes from Baltimore and less than an hour from Washington D.C., the 452 square miles of Carroll County always reminds me of the America mid-west or the “Heartland of America.” I think we have more “Main Streets” than any county in the State of Maryland! Quaint little towns like Sykesvillehttp://www.sykesville.net/ , Mt. Airyhttp://www.mountairymd.org/ , New Windsorhttp://www.newwindsormd.org/ , Manchesterhttp://manchestermd.org/ , Hampstead http://www.townofhampstead.us/ , Union Bridgehttp://www.carr.org/~unionbr/ , Taneytown http://www.taneytown.org/and the biggest little town- Westminsterhttp://www.westgov.com/ , all have that middle of America feel. The public schools have names like “Freedom” ,”Francis Scott Key”, & “Liberty”. The local fire departments http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/pubsafe/firedept.asp across the county have weeklong carnivals during the summer, almost like the circus is coming to town. Starting in June you could go to a different carnival each week throughout the summer. In addition all the towns have some type of yearly parade complete with floats and marching bands. And yes, to this day you can still find yourself behind a slow moving farm tractor, sometimes on a back road, usually when you’re running late.
Yet Carroll County is very modern and up to date. The public school system is ranked in the top tier of the state each year, in addition, the county is home to over 25 private schools as well. Carroll Hospital Centerhttp://www.carrollhospitalcenter.org/ is now up to 195 beds and delivered over 1100 babies last year. Carroll County has over 4800 businesses http://www.carrollbiz.org/ that employ over 48,600 workers, 60 of those employers, employed over 100 employees each, including Random House, Jos.ABank Clothiers, Northrop Gruman, English American Tailoring ,General Dynamics ,Knorr Brake and the Flowserve Corp. Maryland State Police Training Academy http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/aboutdpscs/pct/ is also located in Carroll County and trains all future State Troopers and Correctional Officers for the state. There are 7 Golf courses located within the county, and over 30 parks and recreational facilities http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/recpark/default.asp including 11 recreational councils offering programs for all ages. Carroll Community College http://www.carrollcc.edu/ had almost 4000 student enrolled last year and is fully accredited. Founded in 1867, McDaniel College http://www.mcdaniel.edu/ is located in Westminster and is Carroll County’s only private college offering both undergraduate and graduate courses, with an average class size of just 17, it too feels like a college you’d expect to find in the middle of the country.
And McDaniel College and the City of Westminster offers something each summer that is truly unique, its home to the Baltimore Ravens http://www.baltimoreravens.com/ football team training camp. Each summer Westminster is transformed into a town covered in purple to welcome both the Baltimore Ravens and their many fans that travel to see them practice. An experience not to be missed.
Rounding out some great things about Carroll County is our outstanding library system http://library.carr.org/ . With six branches located throughout the county you’re always near a branch that’s ready to help with any needed research or just pick up the lastest novel. Carroll County also has it’s award winning daily paper the Carroll County Times http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/ celebrating it 100th anniversary this year. Along with our own radio station WTTR http://www.wttr.com/ “playing the greatest hits of all time”, you’re always informed and entertained.
So if you’re looking for a place to call home, may I suggest Carroll County Maryland. I’ve lived here for over 20 years and each time I cross the county line, it still feels like home. If I can help you find just the right property for you and/or friends and family in Carroll County or anywhere in Maryland, please give me a call anytime at 410-984-2221. I’m a full time Realtor here in Carroll County and love helping people find a place to call home. Visit my website at www.postwithdavid.com