Originally established as a summer retreat for Baltimore’s urban residents who wanted to escape the summer heat and humidity, Catonsville is a community of turn-of-the-century Victorian bungalows. Today, these charming vintage homes harmonize well with newer construction in a wide variety of architectural styles for an attractive community atmosphere. This peaceful and beautiful suburb has emerged as a center for education, boasting excellent public and private schools as well as two college campuses. In addition to providing a full spectrum of educational opportunities, the Community College of Baltimore County and the Baltimore County campus of the University of Maryland enrich the entire community with cultural attractions and events. St. Agnes Hospital is a convenient choice when advanced healthcare services are required. The resources of Patapsco Valley State Park combine with a local parks and recreation council to offer outdoor adventures and organized activities.