Originally built for families of the 1950s, Campus Hills is still attracting residents with its well laid-out floor plans, tucked-away privacy and proximity to Towson and Interstate 695.
"It was considered a premier neighborhood when it was built," said Ed Vojik, the past president of the Campus Hills Community Association and a resident of the neighborhood for almost 30 years. "People that move in tend to stay a long time."
Developers designed the neighborhood of 369 homes, located behind Goucher College, with the most modern amenities of the time such as dishwashers, electric kitchens and family rooms. The design and location were such a draw that several former Baltimore Colts football players, including Johnny Unitas, were once residents.
Annual events such as a Halloween party, block party and neighborhood yard sale help keep residents connected, while amenities, including the community pool and walking trails, offer easy outings.
"We fell in love with it instantly. With the large trees, the sense of community, it had a lot more personality than some of the newer neighborhoods in the area," said Andrea Otis, president of the Campus Hills Community Association. "It has a lot of character."
Housing stock --The homes in Campus Hills are split-levels and ranchers, most with brick exteriors. And while many of the houses appear similar at first glance, there are seven models to choose from, with a five-bedroom and three-bathroom option being the largest.
"The houses are relatively close, so you get to know everyone really well," said Otis. "It's just a fun place to be."
Through the years the majority of the homes have been updated to meet the needs of today's families, said Pat Jenkins, with Long & Foster Real Estate Towson Sales.
The convenience of being so close to several colleges, two hospitals and Towson makes it a desirable location. Home prices start in the mid-$300,000 range and go up to the low-$400,000 range.
"A lot of the houses are very reasonable given the [real estate] market," said Jenkins. "It's a close-knit, friendly neighborhood in the heart of Towson."
Many people, like Jenkins, live in Campus Hills as children, then later return to live there as adults.
Rentals --Not many homes are for rent in this neighborhood, said Jenkins. The last property to list as a rental went for $2,000 a month.
Crime --"Campus Hills is a remarkably safe and quiet community," according to Bill Toohey, spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department. In 2007, there were three crimes considered violent, five burglaries, eight cases of theft and five cases of motor vehicle theft in the neighborhood.
"It's very stable," added Toohey. "When you have a low number of burglaries such as five over a 12-month period, that's quite striking."
Schools --Located just across Providence Road from Campus Hills is Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology, which serves many of the neighborhood children. Others attend Hampton Elementary School. Both schools were honored last year for their high marks on the Maryland State Assessments. From there students attend Loch Raven Technical Academy and Loch Raven High School. Several private schools are in the area as well.
Transportation --The neighborhood is bounded by I-695, with easy access to it from either Providence Road or Dulaney Valley Road. The neighborhood is also walking distance to bus routes.
Shopping --Campus Hills residents can walk to both Towson Town Center and Towson Marketplace, as well as other nearby strip malls and shops.
Dining in --There's a Super Fresh at Dulaney Plaza and a newly renovated Shoppers Food Warehouse at the corner of Goucher Boulevard and Joppa Road. Both prove an easy shot by car or foot.
Dining out --When it comes to restaurants, you name it and Campus Hills is probably close to it. With a good mix of local establishments and chain restaurants, residents can choose from quick and casual, ethnic, fine dining, carryout and even a fondue restaurant.
Nightlife --Campus Hills is a short drive -- or stroll -- to the clubs and bars of Towson. Those that line York Road and Loch Raven Boulevard are a short drive.
Recreation --Being adjacent to Goucher College has its privileges, including walking trails and cultural events that are typically free and open to the public.
The Campus Cabana Pool, located in the neighborhood, is the spot to be during the summer. Bowling is available year-round at the AMF Towson Lanes near the pool.
CAMPUS HILLS BY THE NUMBERS
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*Information based on sales during the past 12 months, compiled by Pat Jenkins of Long & Foster Real Estate Towson Sales and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc.