Situated in Baltimore
County, just 25 minutes northeast of downtown Baltimore
by car, Parkville
earns its reputation as a desirable residential neighborhood with a slow pace of life, quality schools and plentiful green spaces. Bordering the southwestern edge of Carney,
Parkville lies north of Loch Raven and southeast of Towson.
Families, older professionals and seniors make up the majority of Parkville’s population, many of whom find the area’s suburban feel attractive. The neighborhood’s easy access to downtown and strong community spirit also attract residents.
Schools in Parkville
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Parkville may not have the breadth of dining options of downtown Baltimore, but residents can find quality options for a range of budgets. Most restaurants lie along Harford Road, the main thoroughfare through the neighborhood. Night owls looking for fun should also stick to the main drag, where several laid-back bars and lounges provide a place to throw back a drink or two with friends.
A community favorite, Pappas Restaurant & Sports Bar on Taylor Avenue specializes in fresh seafood served in a casual dining space. Though the menu features everything from garden salad to rack of lamb, savvy diners stick to the classics, including the giant 8-ounce crab cake filled with succulent lump crab. Consider reserving the private dining room for large events. The special reservations staff work with guests to design the perfect personalized menu.
For everyday eating in a casual atmosphere, check out House of Kabob on Harford Road near Alden Road. Regulars rave about the traditional Persian food, particularly the koobideh, a minced meat kabab made with lamb, beef or chicken. Try House of Kabob on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, when an all-day buffet means you can sample a variety of classic dishes.
Later on in the evening, head to Freddies Ale House on Harford Road near Rosalie Avenue. The definition of a cozy neighborhood dive bar, Freddies features an impressive selection of draft beer with a mini-pitcher option for smaller groups. The many large-screen TVs play the most popular sporting events, and a selection of bar games such as darts and Golden Tee round out the experience.
History & Culture
The area now comprising Parkville first appeared on the colony of Maryland’s surveyed land tracts in 1735. By the 1770s, settlers had developed Harford Road, which became part of Philadelphia Road, one of the main routes between the northern and southern colonies. For the next century, the area remained lightly populated and dominated by plantations.
After the Civil War, truck farming took over as the dominant industry, powered primarily by German immigrants. Baltimore city surveyor Simon Jonas Martinet purchased the area in 1874 and named it Parkville, leading to a period of growth and the construction of public buildings such as schools and a library. Parkville experienced another growth spurt after World War II, when urbanites sought out more suburban communities.
Today, Parkville residents retain easy access to the cultural institutions of northeastern Baltimore, including the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Both public and private transportation options provide easy access to downtown Baltimore. Parkville is well integrated into the larger metropolitan area. The Maryland Transit Administration operates an extensive and affordable bus service, and Route 19 runs from downtown Baltimore to Parkville from 4 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. daily. Biking also proves popular, though less as a means of commuting and more as a form of recreation.
Most Parkville residents travel by car, and the trip to downtown Baltimore can take as little as 20 minutes. For commutes to points outside the city, drivers can hop on the Baltimore Beltway, which runs just north of the neighborhood. Multiple car services also exist and transport riders all over the metro area for a price. Easier still, reserve an Uber with your smartphone.
The cost of living in Parkville is slightly below the Maryland average. Renters pay an average monthly rate of less than $850, with older units going for significantly less.
Prices for groceries and other everyday items hover around the national average. A beer at the local bar costs around $3, and an Uber ride to downtown Baltimore will set you back around $20. Gas prices are about 7 percent higher than the national average.
Parkville has enough retail destinations to satisfy most shoppers. Larger chain stores, such as Sleepy’s and The Home Depot, exist alongside smaller businesses. Both cluster along Harford Road and, a bit farther north past the Baltimore Beltway, on East Joppa Road.
When it comes to comic books and role-playing games, one Parkville store rules them all: Collectors Corner on Harford Road. With superior customer service, new products every week and the best selection in the area, the shop attracts visitors from all over the region. Weekly events such as Magic: The Gathering tournaments and groups such as the Comics Club add to the allure.
Just to the west on Old Harford Road, Poor Boy’s Garden Center specializes in plants and gardening materials for the suburban Baltimore market. The helpful staff can suggest landscaping options or refer you to their sister company, Signature Landscapes, for full-service assistance. Make sure to sign up for the free Garden Club to earn points, get access to members-only sales and receive free potting services.
For groceries and other everyday items, Parkville has chain stores, such as Safeway, as well as smaller independent stores, such as Mastellone’s Deli and Wine Shop. Locavores should follow East Joppa Road to nearby Towson, where the Towson Farmers’ Market operates on Thursdays between June and November.
Parkville contains several small parks that attract athletes and sun-lovers of all ages. Harford Park maintains a playground, tennis courts and trails, and Putty Hill Park has a ball park, picnic area and small pond.
A more expansive park lies just southeast of the neighborhood proper. The 100-acre Double Rock Park features restrooms, pavilions and extensive trails for walking and jogging. Dogs and their owners are a common sight here. Every spring, the park plays host to an Easter egg hunt for area children.