Homeland is located in the northern part of Baltimore City bounded (generally) by Homeland Avenue on the south, Charles Street on the West, Melrose Avenue on the north and Bellona Avenue and York Road on the east. There is also a “west parcel” which consists of houses north of the Cathedral of Mary our Queen and south of Northern Pkwy.
A variety of building style gives the neighborhood its special aesthetic appeal. The planners of Homeland took advantage of the local topography, designing homes to fit sympathetically into it. With the skill of the Olmsted Brothers, designers of New York’s Central Park, the neighborhood was laid out to create the common areas and special features such as the six decorative lakes located in the center of the neighborhood.
The community hosts many special events throughout the year, including a pizza party at the lakes, community picnic, and Halloween Parade. Christmas Eve at the Lakes has been a holiday tradition since 1929. Residents gather to sing carols with the children’s choir at the lakes and luminarias are lit throughout the neighborhood so all the streets of Homeland are bathed in flickering candlelight.
“We purchased a small duplex on the edge of Homeland when we were first married. We knew that we wanted to stay here, and when our family outgrew our first home, we moved to a larger house on Springlake. Our kids are in college now, and when they come home for the holidays, we all still like to go caroling on Christmas Eve. I can’t imagine ever living anywhere else.”
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