North Point Village

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  • North Point Village

    “Once a Villager, always a Villager! I love our neighborhood. It’s got shoreline, parks, and I just love strolling around.”

    What’s Great About North Point Village

    • North Point and Battle Grove Parks
    • One of the oldest and most effective democratic clubs in Baltimore County
    • Costas Inn and seafood
    • Real civic pride
    • Boat ramps and rec areas along Oakleigh Cove

    Boundaries

    • Cove Road (north)
    • Wise Avenue (south)
    • North Point Blvd.  (east)
    • Oakleigh Cove (west)

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    Overview

    Aside from its access to water and other obvious appeal, North Point Village has an endearing personality sure to attract potential residents. The alleys behind the neat brick row homes of North Point Village say as much about the community as its well-kept streets.

    Most back yards have some type of watercraft or RV, real evidence of the access to waterways, nearby park land, and other recreation. Many of the tidy streets feature grass medians planted with trees and shrubs by homeowners, and the general rule is that its residential streets are named for saints, as in St. Augustine Lane, St. Monica Drive, St. Boniface, St. Claire, St. Bridget, St. Gregory and St. Gregory. However, the main routes – both Old and New Battle Grove Roads – pay homage to the colorful history of the area.

    NPV residents have enduring pride in being “villagers” and identify themselves as such, usually referencing their involvement in sports, civic groups and politics.

    Housing Choices

    Homes in North Point Village are, for the most part, pristine brick homes customized by each owner with their own signature. Much attention is given to medium-sized back yards to accommodate for boats, RVs and picnic gear. Cape Cods and ranchers also populate much of the area, upgraded by proud residents.

    Attractions

    Baltimore County Rec and Parks Southeast Regional Recreation Center – essentially next door to NPV – measures nearly 23,000 square feet, features a 175’ x 75’ indoor field, spectator seating, meeting/party rooms, and a concessions area. This facility helps to meet strong year-round demands for indoor sports, providing a recreational venue that can be used even during winter when outdoor athletic fields are shut down for the season.

    NPV also is home to Battle Grove Democratic Club, a major role player in local, county and state politics. The Club isn’t just about politics; it hosts a number of sports activities and is available to host private parties.

    The natural (and man-made) resources of North Point Village provide immediate access to Oakleigh Cove, Bear Creek and the Chesapeake, while Battle Grove and North Point Parks are great spaces for teams and individual pursuits. North Point Blvd. creates access to the Baltimore Beltway and Key Bridge.

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    History

    The area now known as North Point Village was just a point along the way in 1814 when British General Robert Ross and his troops marched up North Point Road (known then as Long Log Lane) and was foiled by 3,000 American volunteers. Historic names like Battle Grove find their origins in the September battle, but history associated very little with the quiet patch of ground and its cove for more than a century, while industry grew around it.

    The parcel that would become North Point Village was owned by devout Catholic Polish immigrant Cecelia Barcikowski-Widransky, who sold the land in 1948 to developer Theodore Julio and Sons. They planned to build row homes for steelworkers who wanted to live closer to Sparrows Point, then in its heyday.

    Mrs. Barcikowski-Widransky had one stipulation for the developer – that the streets would honor the saints. Julio kept his word – and also devout – chose a string of mostly minor saints to make the area unique.

    The developer knew when to reference the modern, as well as the classic, and urged prospective buyers to his site by using the newly constructed North Point Drive-In (and nearby rollarena) as a draw and a landmark. The venerable drive-in closed in 1982, but the newer landmark is the state-of-the-art Southeast Regional Rec Center, dedicated in 2002.

    Battle Grove Democratic Club was started in the area in 1933 – 15 years before the development – and remains one of the most active political groups in Maryland, with more than 750 members. It hosted an appearance by former president Bill Clinton in 2008 as he campaigned for his wife, Hillary

    North Point Villagers maintain an everyday pride in their community and embrace the sporadic historic moments that add to its flavor.

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