The difference is that the neighborhood is not just for the social elite any longer. Residents range from retired senior citizens to up-and-coming young professionals -- although it's certainly not by any means a "blue-collar" neighborhood. Aside from the beautiful landscape (done by the son of the designer of New York's Central Park, Frederick Law Olmstead Jr.), Roland Park is also sought for its low crime rate and proximity to what are considered some of the best schools in the state.
Aside from the schools, Roland Park has a lot to offer both residents and visitors. Shopping is abundant in the Roland Park Shopping Center (the first strip shopping center in the nation), stretches of Cold Spring Lane and the Village of Cross Keys (a gated community with many retail outlets). The area is also home to a number of well-known religious institutions, including the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, the St. Mary's Seminary and the Maryland Jesuit Provincial Residence.
If the shopping, recreation and history aren't enough for you, Roland Park is just off the Jones Falls Expressway, giving it convenient access to the rest of the city.
Location: North Baltimore City
Boundaries: Tuscany Road, Canterbury Road and Wilmslow Road to the east; University Parkway and Cold Spring Lane to the south; Jones Falls Expressway to the west; and Northern Parkway to the north
Schools: College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Loyola College, Baltimore Polytechnic High School, Western High School, Roland Park Country School, Gilman School, Friends School of Baltimore, Bryn Mawr School, Roland Park Middle School, Roland Park Elementary School, Medfield Heights Elementary School
Highlights/Landmarks: Roland Park Shopping Center, Village of Cross Keys, Water Tower
Trivia: Reclusive author Anne Tyler sets many of her books in Roland Park. Poet Ogden Nash lived in a Cross Keys townhouse from 1965 until his death in 1971.