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Baltimore Neighborhoods

Bolton Hill
Brewer's Hill
Canton
Charles Village
Federal Hill
Fells Point

Hampden
Highlandtown & Patterson Park
Inner Harbor & Harbor East
Lauraville
Little Italy

Locust Point & Riverside
Mount Vernon
Otterbein
Ridgely's Delight
Station North

  

Bolton Hill

Custom image 1With its tree lined streets, restored 19th century row homes, schools, churches, bed and breakfasts, great restaurants, garden club, and designation as federal historic district, Bolton Hill might seem to be a bedroom community but it is far from it.

  • Walking distance to venues and academic institutions; including Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Lyric Opera House, The University of Baltimore and The Maryland Institute College of Art.
  • Walk to the city's annual Artscape celebration in July and enjoy dance, music, art and crafts.
  • Bolton Hill is well connected with public transit; including a nearby light rail and subway stops as well as a five minute walk to Penn Station.
  • Bolton Hill is represented by the Mount Royal Improvement Association but is still very much a residential community and a beneficiary of urban renewal as stated on the community's website, www.boltonhill.org.
  • It is named for the Revolutionary War era estate Bolton-le-Moors; which once stood on what is not the Fifth Regiment Armory. 
  • Bolton Hill is quite a rare community in Baltimore City; a member of the Midtown Community Benefits District; a special taxing district that provides security, sanitation, and promotional services.  

 

Ridgely's Delight

Custom image 2Do not overlook this small but well located neighborhood in Baltimore.

  • Ridgely's Delight is a community that borders the University of Maryland's graduate campus, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, The Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium and the Inner Harbor. And this neighborhood still preserves a residential feel with its colonial brick homes.
  • Some of the oldest homes date back to the early 19th century when development in the area was increasing from the railroad, industrial growth and The University of Maryland.
  • Visit the nearby Lexington Market; an abundance of fresh produce, seafood and meats that has been in operation since 1782.
  • George Herman Ruth “Babe” is one of the neighborhood's most famous residents born February 6, 1895 in a home on Emory Street.
  • Ridgely's Delight is a well kept, quiet neighborhood with many of the older buildings having modern renovations.
  • There is a community association that publishes the Ridgely's Record newsletter and organizes a citizen patrol. 

 

Mount Vernon

Custom image 3This community offers everything from history to culture; from the Washington Monumentto the nation's oldest Roman Catholic Church.

  • Mount Vernon offers some of the city's best reviewed restaurants and finest hotels.
  • The grand Mount Vernon Square, named for Washington's Virginiae state, the nation's first monument to the country's first president.
  • You will find many charitable foundations, agencies, museums and historical land marks such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation or the Walters Art Museum.
  • Visit Charles Street for a vast area of local business or Antique Row on Howard Street dating back to the 1840's.
  • Mount Vernon is also very commuter friendly, located near Penn Station, interstates 83 & 95, the metro subway, light rail and the MTA bus lines. 

 

Locust Point & Riverside

Custom image 4If you are looking for waterfront living that is a little less active but still has amazing views of the Harbor then check out Locust Point & Riverside.

  • Here you will find such landmarks as Fort McHenry, Phillips Seafood headquarters & Domino Sugar refinery.
  • Neighborhood amenities include a community dog park, fabulous salons and day spas, fine dining and nightlife hot spots and the Merritt Athletic Club.
  • A repurposed grain elevator has been turned into the luxury condos at Silo Point which offers an amazing glass encased 19th floor sky lounge, a wine club & a fitness center.
  • Visit the Locust Point Civic Association at www.mylocustpoint.com 

 

Inner Harbor & Harbor East

Custom image 5For decades people from around the world have flocked Inner Harbor to visit such places as Camden Yards and the National Aquarium but now they are heading to Inner Harbor to live in places like the Four Seasons and Residences at the Ritz Carlton or Spinnaker Bay waterfront apartments.

  • Visit Harbor East, a movie theater and restaurant district that offers hotels and office space as well as upscale boutiques.
  • Harbor East offers a variety of restaurants from an upscale Italian restaurant to a Sushi Bar to an Irish Pub.
  • City Center includes historic Charles Street, Charles Centerand Market Place.
  • West Side includes the Atrium at Marke tCenter, the Loft District and University Center.
  • Camden Yards is not only home to the Orioles and Raven but also home to the Ridgely's Delight neighborhood. 

 

Hampden

Custom image 6This turn of the century community is named for John Hampden; an anti-tax member of Parliament in 17th century England; is located in northern Baltimore.

  • The Hampden of today includes equal parts blue-collar town, artist colony and business district. Its old mills are being redeveloped into apartments.
  • The Avenue (36th Street) is home to shops and restaurants such as Avenue Antiques, Café Hon, Kiss N' Makeup and The Wine Bar 13.5%.
  • Hamdpen is a family neighborhood that includes the Roosevelt Recreation Center, the nonprofit Hampden Family Center which offers after school programs and social services.
  • It is a community well known for its festivals and events, like HonFest, a June ode to the “honeys” of days gone by, and the Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmas extravaganza in the 700th block of 34th Street.
  • Hampden is located near the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Cathedral of the Incarnation.

 

Charles Village

Custom image 7This community is home to many multicolored homes known as the “Painted Ladies”. Charles Village was also singled out by the American Planning Association in 2008 as one of the top 10 neighborhoods in the nation.

  • Charles Village was formerly called Peabody Heights and was founded soon after the Civil War as a streetcar suburb on Charles Streetwhich became the neighborhood's namesake about 100 years later.
  • Host to the annual Charles Village Festival in the tranquil 16 acre Wyman Park Dell.
  • Charles Village is a special taxing district for security, sanitation and other services. Also, includes two major community associations, the Charles Village Civic Association and the Charles Village Community Benefits District.
  • This community is also home to high achieving public schools and the community also runs a private library and activities center. 

 

Lauraville

Custom image 8This is a community best defined by a community made mural that reads, “Lauraville: A Great Place to Nest”.

  • Lauraville became an official village soon after the Civil War with a planning mill, a lumber yard, a promised post office and two schoolhouses.
  • The modern day Lauraville is an up and coming restaurant district that includes upscale and casual dining.
  • Lauraville is a rock solid community with crime conscious residents walking the streets from the North East Citizens Patrol.
  • You can visit the improvement association at www.lauravillemd.com, or the business association at www.lauravillebusinessassocation.org. 

 

Station North

Custom image 9This is a state designated arts and entertainment district that covers the communities of Charles North, Greenmount West, and Barclay in Central Baltimore. This community is a blend of art galleries, row houses and business.

  • The first Saturday May through November you can visit the popular flea market or “Second Saturdays in Station North which promotes numerous venues in the district.
  • This is a great place to live or visit for those who like to dabble in art or dedicate themselves to art. You will find emerging artists at Load of Fun Arts.
  • Station North community includes everything from City Arts Apartments to innovative lofts to luxury townhouses.
  • Visit W. North Avenue to find The Windup Space for dance parties, movie screenings and experimental music showcases. 

 

Otterbein

Otterbein is an historic residential community in downtown Baltimore located just west of the Inner Harbor. It is a mix of older homes, some of which were sold in the 1970's for a dollar to buyers who committed to renovating and then residing in them (it is recognized nationwide as one of the most successful examples of the urban homesteading phenomenon), and newer condos and townhouses.

In the late 1700s a German missionary, Phillip William Otterbein, settled southwest of the Inner Harbor. He became the leader of what is now known as the Old Otterbein United Methodist Church. This small community around the church now bears his name.

  • Otterbein was first settled by shipbuilders, railroad workers and bricklayers, then by Europeans in the late 1800s. But in the mid 1970s after Otterbein had fallen to an inner city slum status and was in danger of being torn down to make way for Interstate 95.
  • Before all of Otterbein was razed Baltimore launched a large urban homesteading effort. Remaining homes were sold off raffled off for a dollar to people who would restore them and allowing the construction of condominiums and townhouse in the area.
  • The homesteaders kept Otterbein's aesthetics, right down to the window mullions or which the community association named its newsletter, The Mullion.
  • Otterbein today includes about 200 historic row homes and is a short walk to the Inner Harbor. 

 

Federal Hill

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Located directly south of Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor, Federal Hill is a neighborhood of 19th Century brick townhomes, many of which have been recently restored or renovated. Through adaptive reuse, condominiums and apartments have been created in structures originally built to house schools, churches, and even a bowling alley.

Federal Hill is a cohesive, inclusive neighborhood with a strong community sense. The neighborhood is a federal historic district, and the northern portion has strict preservation and urban renewal requirements.

Federal Hill boasts many restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. The Cross Street Market, an historic marketplace built in the 19th century, continues to serve residents and is the primary social and commercial hub for the neighborhood. Federal Hill is also a popular destination for tavern goers and music lovers, with street festivals several times a year. The neighborhood is also home to the American Visionary Art Museum and the Maryland Science Center.

A neighborhood named for its community park on a hill and its historical significance for the location of the celebration in 1789 for Maryland's ratification of America's new “federal” Constitution.

  • The community's local blog describes Federal Hill as “The Historically Hip Federal Hill”
  • Federal Hill is rich in history but also owes part of its identity to its entertainment, restaurant and retail district.
  • Known as a working class neighborhood in the 1900s, Federal Hill benefited from the city's homesteading program as well as another round of investment and renovation in the 1990s.
  • Federal Hill is now a federally designated historic district and a model of city living.
  • This community boasts its own cookbook and hosts and annual block party. 

 

Canton

Custom image 11This astounding waterfront community has everything from nightlife and crab houses to a dedicated dog park.

  • The Canton community is named for seaman and merchant Capt. John O'Donnell who transported good from China in the late 1700s and settled in the area calling it Cantonafter a Chinese City.
  • Mostly European immigrants settled in this community in the early 1900s after almost 2000 acres of waterfront property was sold for industrial use and housing in the late 1800s.
  • Canton's former cannery district on Boston Streetis not redeveloped and called The Can Company and is bustling with boutique shops, restaurants and bars.
  • Canton is a blend of historic row houses, condos, marinas, a fishing pier, dog walking parks, the marketplace and nightlife.
  • The location of this community makes it one of the city's most desirable locations, particularly for singles and professionals due to its proximity to other communities and districts.
  • Visit the Canton Community Association at http://cantoncommunity.org  

 

Highlandtown & Patterson Park

Custom image 12This community has grown into a lively urban neighborhood with a budding arts district and business corridor from a German Catholic community of cobblestone streets and homes with picket fences.

  • The end of the Civil War marked the birth of Highland. The first resident was Thomas McGuiness. This Irish immigrant began living there in al old boat cabin.
  • Ultimately George Weissner opened the Fort Marshall beer brewery, a saloon, a dancing pavilion and a bowling alley.
  • Even though the brewery later closed a butcher shop opened, a second saloon and a fire department.
  • Highlandtown is designated as a national Main Street District and consists of a business corridor along Eastern Avenue.
  • The Highlandtown Community Association and DiPasquales Marketplace host an annual Highlandtown wine festival that includes a homemade wine competition and live music.
  • This neighborhood borders Patterson Park which is superb for bird watching and a haven for all kinds of recreation such as basketball, swimming, biking and tennis. The park also is a host to many festivals and concerts. 
  • For more information go to www.highlandtown.com 

 

Little Italy

Custom image 13Tucked between Inner Harbor and Fells Point, Little Italy is best known for its restaurants. This is one of Baltimore's hottest restaurant districts and it's a magnificent community too.

  • Little Italy is home to descendants of thousands of Italian immigrants who settled there in the 1900s.
  • Today this community is a host to outdoor movie nights in July and August with live music and ravioli dinners at St. Leo's, the designated Italian parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.
  • There are plenty of restaurants including fan and critic favorites like Aldo's, Da Mimmo, Chiapparelli's, and Sabatino's.
  • For the truly Italian experience check out the bocce courts at D'Alesandro Park, where leagues still play weekly.
  • For information about the neighborhood's restaurants, businesses, community groups and activities visit www.littleitalymd.com 

 

Brewer's Hill

Custom image 14A neighbor toCanton, Brewer's Hill has its own face - that of the one eyed mustachioed Natty Boh, which is short for National Bohemian Beer.  

  • Home to the old National Brewing Company which first made Natty Boh and Colt 34 malt liquor; has become a landmark since in closed in 1978. This is one of several breweries that are now being redeveloped into retail space, restaurants, housing and offices.
  • Brewer's Hill is of theBaltimore's most sought after neighborhoods with historic row homes that have many original architectural features. 

 

Fells Point

Custom image 15Located just east of the harbor Fells Point is a waterfront community with cobblestone streets.

  • William Fell laid out the streets and sold housing plots of what was farmland, forest and water.
  • This community was once in the thick of the coffee and tobacco trades and was one of the original towns that merged to form the city.
  • Fells Point produced the privately funded warships that harassed British forces in the War of 1812, and provided ship building jobs which drew many immigrants.
  • Having survived two wars, the Great Fire of 1904 and flooding form tropical storm Isabel in 2003, Fells Point today attracts tourists and residents to its unique shops and restaurants.
  • In mid April Fells Point is host to the Privateer Day Festival which is a tribute to all things pirate from costumes to cannon battles!
  • For more information on living in Fells Point visit www.fellspointliving.com

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