The growing city of Bel Air serves as the seat of Harford County government as well as a hub for surrounding communities, continually strengthening its financial and governmental leadership. The downtown area has been restored and revitalized to complement modern business complexes and bustling shopping malls. In spite of rapid expansion, Bel Air has managed to preserve the friendliness of a small town. Many new residential developments surround the town, contrasting beautifully with the charm of historic homes dating back to colonial days. A large selection of single-family homes in and near Bel Air were constructed from the 1960s to the present. Commuters appreciate the express bus service to Baltimore, although residents also enjoy good access to Interstate 95. Private golf and country clubs, medical facilities, good schools, a regional retail market, and cultural amenities are all close to home. Celebrating the bounty of nature, residents and visitors enjoy the Bel Air Farmers Market and visits to lush parks with hiking trails and wetlands education areas.