Lochearn – Baltimore, MD

Lying just west of Baltimore, the unincorporated community of Lochearn in Maryland gives residents a tight-knit neighborhood. Bordered by the Baltimore Beltway and the downtown city limits, this neighborhood provides its locals with unparalleled access to the best of Baltimore and to the surrounding suburbs. A culturally and economically diverse population calls Lochearn home, and with plenty of neighborhood amenities, parks and dining and entertainment options, there are many reasons to live within this growing Maryland neighborhood. Plus, an easy 5-mile drive puts Lochearn residents right in the center of all the city action Baltimore has to offer.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Local eateries that feature food from all over the globe make up the dining experience in Lochearn. With plenty of take out options around the neighborhood, busy commuters easily get the meal they need on-the-go when they're in a hurry. Those in the mood for Mediterranean-style fare enjoy the authentic dishes at Tashes Ankh Caribbean Carryout on Liberty Road. The friendly establishment's oxtail special gives many patrons good reason to come back time and time again. At Mari Luna's Mexican Grill, patrons take advantage of the BYOB trend in Baltimore. This small grill has tacos, enchiladas and more prepared in an open-concept kitchen. Bring along your own favorite spirits to enjoy as you dine, and try out one of the specialty dishes, such as the restaurant's signature taco salad. Down the street at Salsa Grill, authentic Peruvian food fills the menu. Specializing in Peruvian and Salvadoran dishes, this culturally rich local restaurant has something for even the most particular palate. The grill even takes a go at local favorites, including crab dip, putting the restaurant's own flavorful twist on this Maryland favorite. Monaghan’s Pub serves old-school pub food alongside tasty cocktails, making it a very popular watering hole for area residents. Watch TV or play Keno while you're here, but don't expect many bells and whistles. This no-frills neighborhood bar keeps things simple, which is just what the locals like about it.

History & Culture

The greater Baltimore area, including the unincorporated area of Lochearn, dates back to 1661, when European settlers came to the area. Lochearn previously provided wealthy Baltimore residents with an escape from the city and a place to build their summer estates. Over time, the area grew into one of the premier neighborhoods bordering the city limits. Residents learn about the history of Baltimore and the Lochearn area at the Maryland Historical Society on Monument Street. Visitors find out more about the more than 300 historical sites and institutions in the area. Those interested in the arts often visit the nearby Walters Art Museum, where a renowned collection of internationally recognized pieces is always on display for fans of all types of artwork.

Transportation

Most residents of Lochearn travel the neighborhood by car, and convenient access to Interstate 95 and Interstate 695 make commuting to other parts of the region a breeze. Free lots and street parking can easily be found throughout the area as well. Those who choose to travel by public transportation usually use the MTA bus system, which has multiple stops throughout the community. The bus also takes residents to the area MARC train stop that connects Baltimore to Washington, D.C. While the area is not particularly walkable or bike friendly due to its sprawling design, cabs can be accessed by calling one of the local cab services, though taxis can be difficult to hail on the street. Uber also services the area, and Lochearn residents can call one of the company’s cars using their smartphone app.

Cost

Life in Lochearn carries an average to below-average cost of living compared to downtown Baltimore, making this neighborhood a popular place for those who want the convenience of living near the city without the hefty price tag. Getting to the city center costs approximately $1.60 for a bus ticket. The average one-bedroom apartment in the area costs around $915 per month, while gas prices settle in around half a percent higher than the national average. A pint of domestic beer at the local pub costs around $4.

Shopping

Everyday conveniences and trusted brands can always be found within Lochearn, and while the community doesn't boast a particularly large shopping scene, its convenient location makes area malls, such as the White Marsh Mall, easily accessible. For basic items, the area Family Dollar provides a convenient spot to shop for food, household essentials and cleaning supplies at discounted prices. Pick up over-the-counter mediation, beauty supplies and snacks at the community Rite Aid. Most residents of Lochearn do their grocery shopping at the local Giant supermarket. Here, aisles of cooking and baking supplies, fresh produce and ready-made meals are always in stock. Shoppers in the mood for fresh, local items visit Pahl's Farm, which acts as the area farmer's market. Browse a selection of vegetables, berries and fresh-cut flowers, among other items, at the farm's shop, which stays open seven days a week.

Parks

Lochearn borders Gwynn Oak Park, one of Maryland’s largest public parks. This free community park features plenty of green space and rolling hills, as well as athletic fields for public use. Jog along one of the many running trails in the park, or stroll along the creek banks while taking in some of the best of Maryland’s natural landscape scenes. This park draws children of all ages with its multiple playgrounds, and always welcomes leashed pets. In addition to providing a scenic spot for relaxation and hiking, this park is home to several charity events, 5K runs and local school fundraisers. Off Liberty Road lies a membership-only family park for Lochearn residents. Here, members can enjoy basketball and volleyball courts, picnic tables, pavilions and the community pool. This park also hosts a toddler-friendly playground. Memberships cover access on a yearly basis, and dogs are not allowed inside the park.
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