Hidden gem: Village of Olde Mill
Neighborhood: Village of Olde Mill
Location: Millersville (Anne Arundel County)
Average sales price: $231,000 (January through June)
Notable features: This neighborhood of 1970s houses goes against the grain of suburban lookalike streets with nothing but one color and style. Properties range from split foyers to townhouses with bump-out windows, some clad in wood, some in brick and some in siding. Lots of attention to yards here -- see the photo above. The location, just east of Veterans Highway and Route 97, means a 15-mile drive to downtown Baltimore, 18 miles to Annapolis and 34 miles to D.C.
The average home selling in Millersville in the first half of the year changed hands for $440,000, so Olde Mill is a comparative island of affordability. Dominic Cantalupo, associate broker at Champion Realty in Pasadena, suggested it when I was desperately looking for something in pricey Anne Arundel County that's less costly but still gem-worthy.
You won't get huge homes here, but then more people are in the market for modest nowadays. The properties tend to range from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet. C'mon, take the 10-cent tour with me.
A street view on Chalet Drive:
No two alike:
And did I mention pretty yards?
Nancy Scanlon, who's lived in the neighborhood since her home was built in 1971, thinks the location is great.
"We like being near the airport, and we like being near Annapolis," she said. "My husband, before he retired, worked for the Veterans Administration in Washington. And we're near Baltimore. ... It's just a nice, friendly, convenient-to-everything neighborhood."
"We've been happy here," Scanlon said, "and we will be here until we move on to the next life."
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(All photographs by Jamie Smith Hopkins / Baltimore Sun)