Neighborhood glimpse: Landover Hills – The Washington Post

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Dorothy Anderson’s family has lived in Landover Hills, a suburban town in northern Prince George’s County, Maryland, for more than 70 years. Fratorelli, who grew up in Landover Hills, bought her family’s home after her parents died. She sold the house when she moved to Massachusetts and then bought it back when she got back.

“I’ve been around for a long time. It’s a really nice place,” she said.

Fratorelli said that she likes to sit on the balcony of her house overlooking the street, and remembers her childhood.

“We used to do hopscotch and bungee jumping and kick cans, everybody knows everybody,” she said.

Nowadays, she no longer sees many children playing in the street. Instead, they play in their own yards.

“But [the town has] It has to change, because people change,” Fratorelli said.

Landover Hills was incorporated as a city in March 1945 as one of the first suburban development along Annapolis Road, according to the city’s website. The hillside town of about 150 acres contains more than 500 single-family homes, a mix of colonies, Cape Cods, and ranchers. Landover Hills is governed by the mayor, city council and city manager.

Landover Hills is close to many amenities along Annapolis Street, including grocery stores, convenience stores, banks, fast food, restaurants, gas stations, churches, a halal market and an urgent care center.

Behind Landover Hills Town Hall is a park with a playground, tennis courts and playgrounds. Additional green space can be found elsewhere in the city, including a small park off Annapolis Road that contains a gazebo and a memorial featuring the names of Landover Hills veterans who fought in World War II—including Fratorelli’s father.

Marco Moore, who lives across the street from Fratorelli, has lived in Landover Hills for about 15 years. He said that during his time there, he noticed the city was making improvements.

“I have seen [houses] It’s being renovated,” he said, adding that he noticed the city “is making some improvements, little things like that.” “

City Manager Rommel Pazmeno said Landover Hills received federal relief money in 2021 that the city used to help residents, through senior assistance programs and rental assistance, and local businesses.

Two local churches, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Ebenezer Church, organized food tours. Public works employees handed out boxes of food to residents without transportation.

News and events are shared through a newsletter published by the city clerk, posted on social media, or broadcast on the community TV station.

Despite the disruption of the pandemic, the Landover Hills Technical Committee plans to paint a mural on the back wall of the town hall.

“This plan came out of our plans for our 75th anniversary,” said Mayor Jeff Shumish, which was in 2020.

Schomesh wrote in an email that the city has four goals for the mural: to evoke a sense of city community and joy, enrich the city’s environment, promote community activities by making public spaces more attractive, and celebrate the city’s diversity. The city will receive a grant from the province for the mural.

Paul Schad, a public works employee and arts commission coordinator, said the mural is expected to be completed by late July or early August.

To mark the anniversary, the town had planned a festival and dinner for the former residents, Shumesh said, but the ideas were abandoned due to the pandemic.

But not all town plans were scrapped. Some have been adapted to a socially distant form.

“In the past two years, Santa Claus has been driving around town in a pickup truck…it was a Cadillac,” said Shumish.

He said the people of Landover Hills tend to be family oriented but they fluctuate.

“We bought [a house] From the original owners. They were there, they raised their family, but then they got older and decided it was time to move on. “And that’s kind of what happens,” he said, “and now, we’re in another family boom.”

Shomish, who served as mayor for three years, also served for six years as a member of the council. His former neighbor convinced him to join.

“He served for 20 years, then finally retired and decided to move out of town, and he kind of told me, ‘OK, it’s your turn,'” Shumesh said. “I enjoyed living here, so I thought it was time to contribute a little and help.”

Shomish said his favorite part of living in Landover Hills is how friendly and welcoming the city is.

“It was really a welcoming community to us when we came into town,” he said. “And I think we still have that.”

live there: For the most part, Landover Hills is bounded by Annapolis Road to the north, 72nd Avenue to the east, Parkwood Avenue to the south and 70th Street, and the Park neighborhood of Landover Hills to the west. The strip to the west along Annapolis Road is mostly a commercial space.

Melanie Gamble, who has worked as a real estate agent in Prince George’s County for more than 20 years, is the president of the Prince George County Association of Realtors.

Landover Hills is a “great place to call home” for commuters because of its “very convenient location” near the Beltway and other highways, she said.

Gamble said two homes are for sale in Landover Hills. The most expensive is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home for $384,000. The other is a two-bedroom, two-bath semi-detached home listed for $349,900.

The median price of a home sold in Landover Hills in 2021 was $332,129, Gamble said. The most expensive home sold was a 1980-square-foot Federal-style home with five bedrooms and four bathrooms for $485,000. The lowest selling home was a 789-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home for $225,000.

Schools: Judge Sylvania W. Woods, Cooper Lane Elementary School, Charles Carroll Middle, Barkdale and Bladensburg High School. A new middle school, Glenridge, is under construction.

Crossing: Landover and New Carrollton metro stations (orange line) are less than 10 minutes’ drive from the neighborhood, and there is a MARC train station at New Carrollton station. There are bus stops along Annapolis Street. Landover Hills is located near the Beltway and US Route 50, and the Baltimore Washington Parkway is accessible from Annapolis Road.

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