Cool Rents: Owings Mills Development Creates City Living in the County

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Who says the suburbs have to be boring?

Before Saks Fifth Avenue closed in 1996 (yes, newcomers, we once had a Saks!), Owings Mills was filled with high-end shopping, movie theaters and restaurants that attracted a crowd.

Owings Mills is about to have a comeback.

Developer David S. Brown Enterprises is making Owings Mills cool again with the development of Metro Crossing, located at Metro Centre at Owings Mills, where the subway stops along I-795 (if you’ve driven along I-795, you’ve seen it!).  The new transit-oriented development combines the ​walkability and easy commute of city living with the peaceful pace and affordability of the ‘burbs.

“We are the first TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) in the Baltimore County area which provides retail, offices, apartments, transportation all within walking distance,” says Monique Cydylo, residential division executive at David S. Brown, in an email.

“We are providing a community where residents can reduce the reliance on the automobile within a vibrant round-the-clock community and access all their import amenities inside the development.”

Translation: You won’t have to use your car because there will be fun (game nights!), interesting (seminars on food and nutrition!) and engaging (concerts!) things to do right there at the center. Added benefit of a location adjacent to the Owings Mills metro stop:  You won’t need to drive across town for anything. Ever.

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“Think of Metro Centre as any urban community, packed with walkable amenities and brimming with energy,” she adds.

Current retail at Metro Crossing includes Times Square Kitchen, Subway and Metro Nail Salon.  The group has also signed leases with popular donut shop Fractured Prune, opening at the end of 2014, and Eggspectations which is set for a grand opening in early 2015.

For the rest of the space, the developers want to attract tenants that see Metro Centre at Owings Mills as the new central gathering spot in the market. Restaurants have become the anchor tenants for destination-style, mixed-use centers like this one (think Bethesda Row in suburban DC), Monique says, and targeting both fast/casual and white tablecloth eateries are her priority. The space will also be spiced with unique boutiques and Main Street-style shops, for an authentic, city feel.    

Since its inception, planners have had the habits of modern living in mind for the 232 one and two bedroom apartments of Metro Crossing. There’s a yoga room, a club room with billiards, a catering kitchen, a dedicated dog park — features renters wouldn’t expect to find in developments built even a decade ago, but reflect the way we live now.

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Included in the price: an improved social life! The center organizes rooftop socials, happy hours, clubhouse functions such as game night, TV series viewing nights for popular shows like Scandal, concerts in the plaza, Farmers Markets, Food Truck Gatherings and Outdoor Movie Night.The inviting infinity pool, plus a fireplace and grill, equal easy socializing on laid-back summer nights. Imagine sunset dinners by the pool. 

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“The long-term plan is to maintain an active social calendar, position the project as the central gathering place in northwest Baltimore County and make the community a vibrant and exciting place to live,” she says.

Metro Crossing’s Owings Mills location and amenities don’t sacrifice the opportunity of the city for the convenience of the county.  With easy access to several universities, the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, the neighborhood is a cultural and intellectual hub.

Metro Crossing gives residents their choice of 15 different floor plans, each designed around an open kitchen and great room. With floor to ceiling windows, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and washers and dryers in every apartment, the spaces feel roomy and up-to-date. To see for yourself, mark your calendar for the Open House Thursday, November 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 with light refreshments that will run through the weekend.

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And here’s a nice welcome to the neighborhood: Local businesses will give Metro Crossing residents discounts and other perks, making the easy access to the shops on bustling Grand Central Avenue even more appealing.

Events, amenities and great spaces, all a hop and skip from downtown Baltimore, make Metro Crossing a great – and smart – choice.

To inquire, call Kim or Nina at 888-855-7214 for current specials and to schedule a personal tour.

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