The Young Family

With the market finally on the mend, we went house-hunting to come up with a list of more than 50 of the region’s best neighborhoods, from Annapolis to Roland Park to Havre de Grace, and then tracked down some of the folks buying there.

By Ken Iglehart and Johanna Anderson Favole. Illustration by Lauren Giordano. Research assistance by Barbara Vinsanto, Realtor Trish Thibeault, and O’Conor & Mooney Realtors - April 2013

Best Places To Live 2013: The Young Family

With the market finally on the mend, we went house-hunting to come up with a list of more than 50 of the region’s best neighborhoods, from Annapolis to Roland Park to Havre de Grace, and then tracked down some of the folks buying there.

By Ken Iglehart and Johanna Anderson Favole. Illustration by Lauren Giordano. Research assistance by Barbara Vinsanto, Realtor Trish Thibeault, and O’Conor & Mooney Realtors - April 2013

-Photo by David Colwell

Westminster - Gregg Presbury, 40, a web developer, and his wife, Marijka Grey, 38, a physician and medical administrator, faced a challenge not unfamiliar to many couples: trying to find a home that would make the commute a little more bearable—at least for one of them.

They were living in a townhome in Frederick, but Presbury’s job was near Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport and Grey’s was with major medical group WellSpan with operations in Gettysburg, throughout south-central Pennsylvania, and in Frederick County.

“We were looking for someplace a little closer to both our jobs,” says Grey. “My husband doesn’t mind the drive too much, but especially with me working on the administrative side in the York offices, Frederick was too far.”

They chose Westminster, and ended up buying a four-bedroom house they were already pretty familiar with, located in a Ryan Homes development called Meadow Creek. “The agent likes to point out that I looked at this three years ago, before we got married,” says Grey. And the move makes even more sense now that the couple just had their first child, 6-week-old Sylvia.

What were they looking for in a neighborhood? “A good school district was important, which Carroll County definitely has, and a nice community feel was important, too,” says Grey. “We live on the outskirts of Westminster, across the street from McDaniel College, where we can take classes or go to concerts, and downtown Westminster is pretty cute, too. You can get all the basic amenities there, but if we really need more shopping, we can go to Owings Mills.”

And proof that the place has a neighborly touch came when they weren’t even home, says Grey: “When we were out of town during a big snowstorm, the neighbors plowed our driveway.”





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