Baltimore, MD

The good side of Baltimore. 3 most affordable and safe suburbs

Amy Christie

A move to one of Baltimore’s suburbs could mean quality schools, family-friendly amenities, and tasty restaurants at your fingertips. Consider calling home one of these affordable places.

Here is a list of the safest suburbs with good prices and a mix of rural and city life:

1. Columbia

If you would rather stay in a large suburb, this is just the place for you. Columbia is a buzzing suburb with fast access to parks, restaurants, and theatres, so you can get a full taste of concerts, community events, and shopping trips.

You can choose between traditional family homes, townhomes, or ranches. There are good schools around such as Columbia Academy and also higher-education options at John Hopkins University or Howard Community College. This suburb is 47% safer than the rest of Maryland's cities.

When you live in Columbia you get to check out interesting exhibits, have a walk around the beautiful lake, or go on a picnic with your family, you can go to several concerts and outdoor shows and shop to your heart's content. Treating your tastebuds with Eggs Benedict, exquisite Greek dishes and food truck treats will surely not go amiss.

2. Bel Air

45 minutes away from Baltimore, Bel Air offers you the right combination of modern and rural life. It has a downtown area with its dedicated Arts & Entertainment District where you can enjoy festivals, cultural events, and art galleries. The buildings in this suburb date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and you will find impressive architecture dotted everywhere from brick ranches to Colonial-style houses. It’s up to you if you want to live in a house that’s a standing piece of history or whether you would rather spend your time in a modern townhouse.

This suburb is 62% safer than other cities in Maryland and it’s a great place for retired people, families, professionals starting out a career, or single people.

You can go jogging, take a family bike ride on the three-mile trail, enjoy the annual Wine Festival, go to historical lectures, learn about the Native American culture, or discover sculptures and murals in a self-guided Art-Walk. Taste amazing white tea, scones, salads, pizza steak, or veggie dishes coupled with tap beers such as Blue Eyed Blonde or Carpe Diem.

3. Ellicott City

This is a top choice for those looking to settle down in a family-friendly suburb. There are plenty of things to do on Main Street and cafes, shops and festivals are always in good supply. The district has its fair share of historical sites, vintage boutiques, tasty restaurants, and art galleries.

You can choose from brick ranches, Colonial-style homes, or modern townhomes for buying or renting and this Baltimore suburb offers plenty of top-ranked schools.

Kayaking, swimming, and hiking adventures are all waiting at Patapsco Valley State Park. You can always catch a movie night with friends or family, get on a train ride, taste wines, or go shopping for clothes, jewelry, or decorations.

Start your day with a cappuccino or the best-brewed coffee, taste a Western Omelet for lunch, fill up on Wild Pizza later in the day, and don’t forget to try the Pale Ale of a Summer Lager.


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