Bel Air, Maryland 

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It's just OK here - 1/20/2013
Bel Air is a nice place to live, but it is far too Read More

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Nice area; growing too fast - 10/1/2010
As a military wife, I've lived in several states. Maryland isn't the worst, and it isn't the best. There are lots of things I like about this area. It's very scenic, there's a lot of history, and in many ways it has a small town feel. The schools aren't bad (I taught in the area for 5 years), but they aren't fabulous. Special education in particular leaves a lot to be desired.
Harford County is growing quickly and the infrastructure is having a hard time keeping up. Roads that were fine as country roads don't work as well with lots of traffic. Weekends and holidays you can plan on staying at certain stoplights for at least 2, maybe 4 changes of the light before it's your turn. There's still a lot of farmland in the county, which is very nice in some ways, and terrifying in others. Putting up a subdivision on what used to be a farm is a common occurrence.
As a side note, I'm pretty sure there is some kind of pact between John Deere and the developers in this area.  Read More

Conservative county in a Democratic state - 10/4/2009
Bel Air is an excellent place to live in MD. The county is primarily conservative, Republican, in a Democratic state. Interesting Read More

Harford County Public Schools - 5/31/2009
The schools are excellent with very good teachers especially in the Bel Air, Fallston, C.Milton Wright areas. North Harford is also Read More

Give Bel Air a Break - 6/24/2007
The two reviews that I saw for Bel Air were a little on the extreme side, just there to draw a reaction (teenagers, perhaps?). The school system for Harford County is considered one of the best in the state of Maryland. Teachers are well thought of. I would rather send my kid to a public school in Harford County than a private school, honestly. Naturally, as in any school system, there are many excellent teachers, and a few bad apples. Enough said.

Bel Air is growing. On a Saturday, traffic on Route 1 through town is a bit on the ridiculous side. Restaurants are always crowded (do people ever eat at home anymore?). There are many places to shop. As a citizen who has lived in Bel Air since 1951, I have seen many changes, and it is disconcerting, to say the least. There are many developments that are popping up all over the place. If you haven't been down a country road in a while, be prepared to discover another development. With the realignment of federal Read More

Quality of Life - 5/19/2007
Small town currently experiencing the growing pains of Read More

Just Awful - 5/16/2007
This town is just another generic suburb with no character. The people here are either suburbanites living on a cul-de-sac in a house that was stamped out to look like every other house or they are white trash, hanging out in parking lots with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths. Going out to eat at Applebees, or some other disgusting chain type restaurant, is the highlight of most people's weekends. There is a WaWA (convenience store) on every corner, tons of banks, car dealerships, and the crummiest mall I have ever seen, but there is no real vital downtown. The schools are so overcrowded, that even the so-called best elementary and middle schools have the kids out in portables. C.M. Wright High School, supposedly a great school, has over 30 kids in their honors classes alone and only slightly over half of those kids go to college (those stats include community colleges).
Baltimore doesn't offer much, I mean how many times can you visit the Inner Harbor, and you are Read More

Bel Air, MD - 8/21/2006
pretty boring, but there are some good hiking trails in the Read More

Nice place to raise a family - 4/16/2006
Harford County Maryland is a good place to escape the crime, bad government and horible school system of Baltimore City and much of Baltimore County.

Lower in cost of living than the DC side of Baltimore it still offers a more rural lifestyle with easy access to Baltimore, Wilmington, as well as Philadelphi and Washington DC for culture and Read More

Culture? Only if you like urban sprawl - 9/9/2005
I'm not sure why the other poster mentioned culture was a draw for Bel air because there really isn't any culture to speak of. It's a cute town but severe urban sprawl has sent house prices skyrocketing and traffic is enough to make you want to pull your hair out. If you ride a bike, forget it, this is a VERY unfriendly area for bikers. Schools are mediocre and overcrowded and the entire county only has one descent restaurant (unless you prefer chain establishments, in which case you're all Read More

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