Beltsville: Picture-Perfect Living in the D.C. Area

OK, you may ask renters who are looking for apartments for rent in Beltsville, MD, “What does Beltsville have to offer that scores of other similar cities in the metro area lack?”

Well, while it’s true the Washington, D.C., area has dozens of communities conveniently located on the cusp of the nation’s capital, and therefore close to a plethora of sights, sounds, amenities and even colleges, Beltsville boasts the distinction of hosting the national headquarters for, get this, Ritz Camera! I have an anecdote about the fine folks at Ritz, so here goes…

Back in 2005, I fancied myself an artist of sorts. Being as untrained and unlearned in the ways of the arts as any scribbler you’d care to meet, I started doing my, let’s call them elaborately drawn designs that I colored in with pencils, on heavy, thick placard-like paper, the kind people often use to make picket signs. Naturally, I didn’t realize that 20” x 30” wasn’t exactly a popular size for art frames, or any frame for that matter.

But guess who had the very frames I needed – and tasteful ones at that? That’s right, Ritz Camera! And I’m not talking about pedestrian, plastic jobs either (well, they probably had them as well). I’m talking about elegantly designed, heavy glass and black wooden frames, the kind that would make any picture or objet d’art sing to the heavens. Oh, how they gave my pathetic attempts at immortality the veneer of class and artistic triumph!

But Beltsville has more going for it beyond the convenience of a well-stocked camera shop. The community is home to a number of historic sites, including houses dating back to the 18th century and the well-preserved Abraham Hall. The 15,000-strong community (as of the 2000 census) even has its own newspaper, The Beltsville News.

Finally, be sure to check out the National Agricultural Library, a looming, 17-story structure that houses information on everything from sheep to soybeans.

If you want to know more about this area, such as places to shop or eat, check out our Beltsville, MD profile in our Neighborhoods section. Also be sure to use Apartment Showcase for more information.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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  • Bandia Burke

    I would “NOT” recommend anyone who wants to enjoy the comforts of their home to rent at Barclay Square Apts in Beltsville Md. The maintenance on the property is horrible. I moved in the end of Dec. 2010> I had a refrigerator that leaked a liter of water a day inside the refrigerator I had to complain 17 times(3 1/2 months) before it was addressed. They replaced it with one that sounds like a million crickets are in there. I reported an electrical outlet not functioning since I’ve been there 4 months now it’s been 1 week and 2 days and I was told on 4/4/11 that it would be fixed by 4/5/11 as of 4/8/11 still not working. So anything that needs to be connected to electricity in my only bathroom has to be done in another room when my mirrors are in the bathroom. They send you bills with the incorrect balances. This property and its management are “SO” unprofessional. It’s like living in low income housing “THE PROJECTS” theses people are “Slumlords”.