Bel Air homes for sale include a variety of single family homes and row houses or attached homes as well as some complexes. Located in Harford County, Maryland, the population of the town is 10,368 and Bel Air is the county seat and center of the Bel Air-Abingdon, Maryland area. The town is on U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95 is a few miles north. Route 1 includes a by-pass around the town and a business route to the downtown area. Route 1 connects to Interstate 95 via Maryland Route 24 and Maryland Route 543. Bel Air real estate is an attractive option for many due to the accessibility.
In 1780, the town was planned by Aquilla Scott, who had inherited land in this area. Originally called Scott’s Old Fields, as the town expanded, the name Belle Aire was chosen and in 1798, it was changed to Bel Air by the courts. The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad served this area in the mid-20th century; however, the tracks were taken down in 1958 and the area is today a walking trail that includes wooded sections of the town around Heavenly Waters Park.
The majority of Bel Air homes are established homes that were built between 1970 and 1994. There are also many homes that were built from 1940 to 1969 as well as new construction and historic homes. Residents of Bel Air are served by Harford County Public Schools, which includes 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 4 high schools. There are also private schools, including St. Margaret’s, John Carroll, Harford Day School, Bel Forest Academy and New Covenant Christian Schools.
There are two small airports in this area – Forest Hill and Fallston Airport. The residents of Bel Air enjoy a variety of cultural venues as well as the arts, fine dining and shopping due to a favorable location within the county. This area is often chosen by families with children for a number of reasons, including a good school district, green space and the low crime rate. In addition, it is a desirable location for retirees and young professionals.