"Rosedale is an eastern Baltimore County neighborhood full of charisma," she wrote in an e-mail. "Its access to major thoroughfares makes it attractive to the suburbanite who also loves the city and travel."

Schools: The majority of students in Rosedale is served by Red House Run Elementary School, Shady Spring Elementary School, Golden Ring Middle School and Overlea High School.

The elementary schools scored high on the Maryland School Assessment. Fourth-graders at Red House Run scored 98.5 percent proficient in math and 100 percent in reading. At Shady Spring, fourth-graders scored 89.7 percent proficient in math and 84.5 in reading.

Golden Ring Middle did not fare as well. The school has yet to meet adequate yearly progress requirements; AYP is the yardstick for tracking academic success and making accountability decisions.

The high school met its AYP requirements and scored well on state testing, posting a graduation rate of just over 86 percent.

The Rosedale Center, an alternative middle and high school, is in the community, as are several private schools.

Crime: "Violent crime is down sharply," said Bill Toohey, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

In the first nine months of 2008, robberies dropped by 39 percent, aggravated assaults were down by 50 percent, motor vehicle thefts were down by 34 percent and destruction of property calls were down 10 percent.

Toohey said the results are part of an effort to redeploy officers to the area.

Shopping: There are local and national businesses in the area. Free-standing businesses including the Home Depot, Office Depot, Sam's Club and Wal-Mart occupy the site of the former Golden Ring Mall. White Marsh Mall and the Avenue at White Marsh are close by.

Dining in: A Giant Food on Rossville Boulevard is popular with residents.

Dining out: There's a lot to choose from when it comes to restaurant options, with most being quick and casual. Local and national chain restaurants serve seafood, steaks, pizza, sandwiches, pit beef, Asian specialties, Mexican fare and Italian food. Happy Day Diner on U.S. 40 is a favorite spot.

Recreation: Several parks are in and around the community, including the 20-acre Rosedale Park.

rosedale by the numbers
ZIP code: 21237

Homes on the market: 173

Average sales price: $250,539*

Average days on the market: 92*

*Information based on sales during the past 12 months, compiled by Jennifer Bayne of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Village of Cross Keys and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc.

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