• Sarah Lipkowitz

Best Neighborhoods In PG County, MD

Updated: Dec 29, 2019

Prince George’s County, Maryland is adjacent to D.C. and is a wonderful option for those who want to live near a major city, but prefer a more suburban lifestyle though it often seems that Montgomery County is in higher demand. This is largely due to the ranking of the school system. Montgomery County consistently ranks as one of the top school systems in the state. Nevertheless, I have heard from plenty of happy residents of PG County and I feel that homebuyers often overlook the wonderful and diverse communities within this county. Here are a few awesome neighborhoods in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Bowie. This is an interesting suburb because of its proximity to D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. Bowie receives overwhelmingly positive reviews from residents. With nearby metro access, many residents commute into the District. Bowie is also home to some of the top rated schools in PG County, which is a draw for families. Bowie is an old town, but there has been some construction in recent years and the addition of the Bowie Marketplace and the Bowie Town Center gives residents access to plenty of stores and restaurants. Bowie can be a sleepy suburb or a lively little town depending on where you live. You will not find the nightlife in Bowie to be particularly robust, but there is still plenty to do in this suburb. With theme parks, baseball games, beautiful trails, and community centers, Bowie is a wonderful neighborhood for those who want to live in a diverse, friendly, and family-oriented community without being too far from a major city.

University Park. Residents of this suburb love the proximity to the University of Maryland, the Hyattsville Arts District, and many shops and restaurants. This location is convenient for commuters as the metro is nearby and there is even a free shuttle to take you there. University Park is a good location for both young adults and families. University Park hosts a number of community events throughout the year and residents never feel they are wanting for things to do.

West Laurel. I wrote about North Laurel in my article on the most affordable neighborhoods in Howard County, but West Laurel should not be overlooked. Just west of I-95 and located halfway between Baltimore and D.C., this is an ideal location for commuters. Commuting north to Baltimore will be easier, but if someone in the household needs to commute to D.C. this isn’t a bad location. Laurel is growing and residents have access to parks, stores, restaurants, and a newly built town center. It is worth mentioning that Laurel also has a brand new library. Overall, residents are quite happy with the community.

Upper Marlboro. This historic community is a quiet suburb of the D.C. and is an interesting mix of suburb and countryside. Though this is probably the quietest suburb on the list and residents feel the addition of a town center or mall would be beneficial, residents really love this community. Upper Marlboro has a number of parks and trails and residents love the produce markets. You will never be too far from events and for those of you that are equestrians, you will be happy to know that the Show Place Arena has been revamped recently and hosts many horse shows in addition to other events. The general consensus is that the neighborhood is growing and improving and residents are looking forward to what the coming years will bring for their community.

Riverdale Park. Adjacent to University Park, this neighborhood provides easy access to the District and all the amenities you could possibly need. Residents love the community events and the well-maintained parks and trails. This neighborhood will also have its own stop on the new Purple Line, which will connect the Maryland suburbs of Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, and New Carrollton. This diverse neighborhood also hosts a popular farmer’s market and will have even more to offer with the addition of the Riverdale Park Station.

Mitchellville. This neighborhood is just west of Bowie. Mitchellville receives mixed reviews on public transportation because there are metro stations nearby, but it is tough to live here without a car. Residents love this friendly and welcoming community where amenities are easily accessible. Like the other neighborhoods on this list, Mitchellville is family friendly, has plenty of wonderful restaurants to choose from, and the parks are beautiful.

Prince George’s County, Maryland has a lot to offer. Living in PG County, you will enjoy plenty of amenities and events without paying Montgomery County prices. If you are looking to buy a home in Maryland, PG County is definitely worth a look!

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