Best Neighborhoods in Southern Carroll County

(Sykesville & Eldersburg)

Beautiful, bucolic Carroll County is a great place for enjoying the country life. The region is widely known for its rustic beauty, rolling farmland, and affordable cost of living. It has also recently been ranked as among the best to retire and raise a family throughout all of Maryland, making it a very appealing place for both the young and old to call home.

The historic town of Sykesville has roots that go back 200 years and is enjoying a renaissance while preserving its rich and historic past. At its center is a classic Main Street that provides restaurants, shopping, services and more that are popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Many meticulously and lovingly preserved historic buildings such as the Gate House Museum of History, and family attractions like the Little Sykes Railway Park offer fun activities year round. Sykesville is surrounded by many parks and lies near the Pocono Mountains. Millard Cooper Park and Patapsco Valley State Park provide endless hours of tubing, fishing, hiking and biking for the outdoor enthusiast.

Another very popular town bordering Sykesville is Eldersburg. Landing in the top 100 of Money Magazine’s top places to live in 2007, 2009 and 2011, Eldersburg’s low crime rate and good schools are a big draw for families. Eldersburg is pretty affluent, with an average income around $90,000 and average home prices topping $400,000. But, like Sykesville, what draws people here is land. There’s no denying homebuyers will get more land and more house for their money in Eldersburg. Like Sykesville, Eldersburg is awash with opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors such fishing, birding, or relaxing at Liberty Reservoir, or enjoying the natural beauty of Morgan Run Natural Environment Area in the northern part of town. Piney Run Park in the center of Eldersburg surrounds a 300-acre lake and contains over 5 miles of trails and resources for fishing, boating, tennis and picnicking.

Living in Carroll County means a longer commute for people who work in the Baltimore and Washington DC regions, but this means many homebuyers get more house for their buck. Prices in this area are very competitive with comparable homes that are closer to the more densely populated urban areas, providing opportunities to own larger homes with more surrounding land. For the homebuyer interested in enjoying the simple pleasures of a country life, Carroll County is the ideal paradise.