Place Category: Neighborhoods
“I like that Northshire’s not so well-known. It keeps our family atmosphere alive and well. There are so many resources surrounding our neighborhood, I can walk to almost anything I need.”
What’s Great About Northshire
- Pride in ownership of well-maintained homes.
- Close to shopping malls, superstores and other retail locations
- A quiet enclave only moments from the Baltimore Beltway, Eastern Avenue and I-95
- North Point Road (north winding east)
- German Hill Road (south)
- Merritt Blvd. (west)
Northshire sits in the northern are of Dundalk in southeastern Baltimore County, and with its partnering community of Gray Manor represents approximately 3000 citizens in 1200 homes. The community is well-defined by both its surrounding thoroughfares and the layout of the bungalow-lined streets. Residents take great pride in the neighborhood, and take great advantage of adjacent shopping and major routes.
The area is home to bungalows built as a small development in the 1950s, and the well-kept homes reflect that era’s designs. Generally uniform cottages, featuring two or three bedrooms, full basements and front and back yards, have evolved over the decades to reflect the individuality of homeowners.
Northshire shares affinity with adjacent Gray Manor, and offers many of the same features. There are major retail options along Merritt Blvd., at Eastpoint Mall and North Point Plaza. Large open spaces, playgrounds and ball fields are in walking distance and Eastview Fire Station (BCFD) sits just across Merritt Blvd. And while Northshire is close to plenty of activity, it has become an enclave of residents who take great pride in the appearance and family atmosphere of their neighborhood. The Gray Manor/Northshire Community Assn. meets regularly to maintain Bread and Cheese Creek and the neighborhood, in general.
Neighborhood and Civic Organizations
- Gray-Charles Rec Council: 7855 Trappe Road, (410) 887-7180
- Gray Manor and Northshire Community Association: (410) 285-1671
- Charlesmont Elementary School: 7800 West Collingham Drive, (410) 887-7004
- Genl. John Stricker Middle School: 7855 Trappe Road, (410) 778-7038
- Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts: 8100 Wise Avenue, (410) 887-7060
- Community College of Baltimore County: 7200 Sollers Point Road, (443) 840-2222
- Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke Catholic School: 8003 North Boundary Road. (410) 288-2793
- First Baptist Church of Gray Manor: 2705 Gray Manor Terrace, (410 288-0469
- Galilee Baptist Church: Old North Point and Parkwood Road, (410) 288-4677
- First Lutheran Church of Gray Manor: 212 Oakwood Road, (410) 284-6657
- House of Light Baptist Church: 8040 Wallace Road, (410) 284-6250
- Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church: 1727 Lynch Road, (410) 284-6600
Like many of its resources, Northshire shares a similar history with neighboring Gray Manor. Like most of Dundalk the community was farmland that eventually became part of the favored route between the North Point Peninsula and Baltimore, as the area saw travelers and commerce came and went between the two points.
British troops made their way up the route during the 1814 Battle of North Point in their failed attempt to invade Baltimore, and both Redcoats and American defenders paused at Bread and Cheese Creek to rest.
The construction of the houses at Northshire was a natural progression. The development arose as part of it strategic location near Merritt Blvd and Eastern Blvd., and later the extended Baltimore Beltway, and the need for residential housing for workers at Bethlehem Steel, General Motors and Western Electric.
Although the major industries disappeared, homeowners have remained and made their community better as the years passed. Area public schools provide quality education and residents maintain the integrity of their neighborhood like few in Baltimore County.
The future of Northshire is as optimistic as its many residents.