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Nov 08

Housing in Montgomery County

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM by Anne Leavitt-Gruberger

Our homes are our castles. Our homes are where we should feel safe and protected from the weather and the outside world, where we can grow, create, socialize, and be ourselves.  Given the diverse population in Montgomery County, it should be no surprise that there is a great variety among the approximately 330,000 homes in the county.  Montgomery County has mansions with over 30,000 square feet of living space, high rise condominiums in 17-story buildings, mobile homes, old stone farmhouses, row homes, and suburban single-family homes.

The different housing types are a result of the diversity in the types of housing developments built throughout the county.  Probably one of the more unique housing developments in the county is the Hollywood section of Abington Township near Rockledge Borough. This 100 home neighborhood was built by a California developer in 1928, who constructed all of the houses with pastel colors, flat roofs, and Spanish-style architectural elements similar to housing built in southern California during the same era.  Streets are appropriately named Los Angeles, Redondo, San Diego, Pasadena, and San Gabriel.  At one time there were even palm trees. 

As the county grows and changes in the years to come, our housing will need to grow and change along with the population. As we face the future we will need to address key housing issues such as affordability and quality, suitable housing for an aging population, and changing design and styles which meet the needs of changing family types.  These and other housing issues will be reviewed through the county comprehensive plan.   Your help is needed in this discussion.  You can voice your opinions about housing by logging into our comprehensive plan website: www.montcopa.org/2040CompPlan.


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