Prince George’s County, Maryland is located along US 1 just miles from the District. Populated with Cape Cods, Colonials, and Tudor homes mostly built since the 1950s, plus some historic homes, the area offers some of the best values in the D.C. area. Originally a working class area, the cities and towns of PGC are ethnically and economically diverse, middle class, and bursting with neighborhood pride. Living in Prince George’s County appeals to those who enjoy an urban setting with a green feel.
Covering nearly 500 square miles, the county is split into five regions that are distinctly different:
North County: Bounded by the Capital Beltway and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, North County attracts government and University of Maryland employees and students to towns like University Heights, Mt. Ranier, College Park, Laurel, and Greenbelt. Despite the freeways and the MetroLine tracks, the North County section of PGC has plenty of green space and recreational land available in Greenbelt Park, Lake Artemesia Park, and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
Central County: Set east of the Capitol Beltway, fast-growing Central County includes Mitchellville, Woodmore, Greater Upper Marlboro, Springdale, and Bowie, the largest city in the county, with a population of more than 50,000. Bowie has many century homes from the days when the town was the site of thoroughbred horse racing, but there are many contemporary homes in the area as well. The Newton White Manor is a popular location for weddings and political events, while the Ogden Bowie Mansions, Allen Point, Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail, and other planned trails and lakes attract sportsmen.
Rural Tier: The rural area beyond the Beltway was the original area settled in the county and was composed of small, unincorporated parishes and the county’s largest collection of tobacco manor mansions and historic homes. Residents aim to keep the area rural. Patuxent River Park draws birdwatchers, canoeing enthusiasts, and kayakers.
Inner Beltway: This densely populated area of PGC borders the District of Columbia’s northeastern and southeastern quadrant. Capitol Heights, “The Gateway to the Nation’s Capitol,” District Heights, Forestville, Suitland and Seat Pleasant are the major communities, which were developed around 1904 for those who wanted to live on the outskirts of the district. A Metro station runs through Capitol Heights. The area around it is an Enterprise Zone, ripe for development.
South County: Communities such as Clinton, Oxon Hill, Temple Hills and Fort Washington are on the Potomac River, where the National Harbor project has been developed into a major area for shopping, entrainment, and riverside condos.
Over the past four years, Prince George’s County has seen home values drop by 60%. With homes in the area averaging less the $172,000, homebuyers have a good chance to buy a beautiful home with urban amenities and rural charm, both nearby. The State of Maryland, the county, and individual towns have many programs in place to help buyers settle there, as well as to help current residents living in Prince George’s County prevent foreclosure.