October 10, 2016 - Neighborhood Tour
On the final Friday of every month, Live Baltimore heads out of the office and into one of Baltimore’s 277 neighborhoods. Each month we all fall in love, and this month was no different.
In September, we found ourselves exploring Original Northwood, a beautiful neighborhood nestled in the wooded hills of Northeast Baltimore. Winding roads and welcoming lots are the norm in Original Northwood, where a strong, connected community attracts and keeps a diverse group of residents who know the neighborhood and know one another.
Our morning began in the home of Richard Skolasky, immediate past president of the Original Northwood Association (ONA). We couldn’t have asked for a better host! Richard and neighbors Jess (incoming ONA president) and Nate walked us through what it’s like as occupants of some of Original Northwood’s 377 homes. They described a place where you know your neighbors by name, where an organized community association makes connections, and where the neighborhood’s unique architecture is maintained—making for a lovely living experience.
After learning the ins and outs of Original Northwood over coffee and muffins, we experienced the neighborhood’s pleasant appeal for ourselves. With a wide variety of home designs and shopping options nearby (like the soon-to-be redeveloped Northwood Plaza), it’s clear why Original Northwood boasts the highest property values in Northeast Baltimore.
The Original Northwood Association organizes six events each year, including a summer block party, garden walk, wine social, holiday party, Octoberfest, and a newcomer’s party. “Block Captains” and quarterly newsletters help spread the word with updates and information. Some neighbors even organize smaller events like “Popsicle Nights,” where families bring kids to feast on treats while socializing and enjoying the evening. A recent "Popsicle Night" drew 85 attendees!
Original Northwood is also a member of the Greater Northwood Covenant Association (GNCA), an organization overseeing the architectural covenants in six Northeast neighborhoods. These covenants maintain Original Northwood’s exceptional standard of living and contribute to stable property values by governing all aspects of exterior developments. With six member neighborhoods, the GNCA’s resources go even further than the ONA, providing additional benefits to the Original Northwood community.
All along our walk, we found no “for sale” signs in front of homes we knew were on the market, a policy meant to preserve the neighborhood’s visual appeal, stability, and growth. It worked for us! It may have been cloudy, but Original Northwood made for a welcoming, beautiful Friday morning tour.