Carroll County Real Estate

Carroll County is a predominately rural area that stretches from just west of Baltimore City to the Pennsylvania state line. The county, which is home to just under 170,000 residents, is seen by many as an escape from the fast-paced metropolitan areas nearby. Its rich agricultural history is celebrated at the Carroll County Farm Museum and at events throughout the year, including Fall Harvest Days and The Maryland Wine Festival. The county offers over 300 acres of lakes, 25 acres of parks and more than 150 miles of bike-friendly paths. Read more about Carroll County, Maryland.

Rural road and corn fields in Carroll County, Maryland

Carroll County Real Estate Stats

Average Price $519K
Lowest Price $14
Highest Price $5.8M
Total Listings 626
Avg. Days On Market 90
Avg. Price/SQFT $206

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Carroll County Information

Carroll County is a county located in north-central Maryland. The county seat of Carroll County is Westminster, approximately 40 minutes, or 35 miles, from downtown Baltimore. This county touches the Maryland-Pennsylvania border in the north, but is surrounded by the following counties: Baltimore County (to the east), Howard County (to the south), and Frederick County (to the west)

As of 2021, the population of Carroll County, Maryland is roughly 173,800.

There are three main roads in Carroll County which lead to either Baltimore or Washington, D.C. Maryland Route 140 connects Taneytown to Westminster and Finksburg, before continuing to Baltimore.  Maryland Route 97 travels north-south, from Union Mills to Westminster, and then down to the D.C. Metro area. Maryland Route 30 is the shortest highway and it travels from Pennsylvania though Manchester and Hampstead, before also winding towards Baltimore. 

Carroll County was established in 1837 and named after Charles Carroll, one of the signatories on the American Declaration of Independence.

While the county is relatively rural, its economy is thriving. Carroll County is home to over 4,870 businesses, and the largest employer in the county is the Carroll County Public School system. Carroll County is conveniently located just a short drive from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Pennsylvania.

Real Estate & Properties in Carroll County, MD

Carroll County is mostly rural, meaning that properties there offer an abundance of space. Land is also available, with opportunities for development, or setting up your own agricultural operation. Often you'll find several farm properties on the market, with large estates and even larger acreage. This county, with its rolling green hills, makes for perfect rural living. 

Homes in Carroll County tend to be large, colonial-farmhouse inspired constructions. So, expect to see broad front porches, exterior shutters, and horizontal siding. Other features include bay or dormer windows, with double-hung frames. 

Even newer construction homes in Carroll County tend to be built in traditional styles, whether this be colonial brick homes or more traditionally suburban designs. Window shutters, wide porches, and gabled roofs are popular, as well as contemporary interiors. Sometimes you'll find homes in modern architectural styles, but these are more rare.

Luxury homes for sale in Carroll County maintain a lot of the above features. You'll find large luxury estates in many of the communities within the county: Westminster, Finksburg, Mount Airy, and more. As well, many tend to be newer builds that mimic historic features. 

Carroll County History

Before European settlement, the area was home to several Native American peoples, including the Lenape and the Susquehannock. Tribes had developed an intricate trail system, many of which would later become roads when colonists arrived. 

Carroll County was founded in the year 1837, and was composed of predominantly German and English settlers. 

Carroll County At A Glance

  • Easy access to BWI Airport and a full-service regional airport
  • One of the top-performing school districts in Maryland
  • Home to Carroll College and McDaniel College
  • Over 60 locations found on the National Register of Historic Places

Carroll County also has several large parks for outdoor recreation, including hiking, boating, sports, and more

  • Gillis Falls Recreation Area
  • Liberty Reservoir
  • Piney Run Park
  • Morgan Run Natural Environment Area
  • Bear Branch Nature Center

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