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Federal Hill in Baltimore Maryland
Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood is steeped in history dating back to the 18th Century as a maritime and commercial hub. During the first half of the 20th Century, many working class families moved to the area and called Federal Hill home. Many of today's residents have family ties to the neighborhood dating back two and three generations.
As Baltimore's Inner Harbor area went through a revival and its popularity grew, Federal Hill began to struggle. In 2000, Federal Hill Main Street was formed to revitalize the area's historic business district and to breathe life back into the area. Historic buildings received a facelift, neighbors worked side by side to beautify their community, long-time community members helped newcomers feel at home.
Federal Hill residents are proud of their neighborhood's past and look forward to a thriving and vibrant future.
Places to Live in Federal Hill
Many Federal Hill homes are located just steps away from downtown businesses. Finding a home is a matter of personal perference. Over the last 20 years, many of the historic homes of Federal Hill have been completely renovated to include modern conveniences and luxury finishes. Choose from old estates divided into apartment homes, beautiful brick rowhomes that are staples of the area, and modern condominiums with a full range of amenities.
What to see in Baltimore's Federal Hill
- Cross Street Market, 1065 S. Charles Street, Baltimore
Originally an open-air shed set up in 1845 to accommodate the needs of the residents, the Cross Street Market is now home to the seasonal Farmer's Market, dozens of local vendors from seafood to baked goods, gift shops and flower shops, beauty shops, and so much more.
- Federal Hill Park, 300 Warren Avenue, Baltimore
Once a lookout during the Civil War and the War of 1812, Federal Hill park is now a place where fitness enthusiasts and families can relax and enjoy the view of the Inner Harbor. Runners can up their game by including the stairs in their workouts and everyone can enjoy the historical markers and unique photo opportunities.
- American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore
For a truly unique art experience, the American Visionary Art Museum does not disappoint. Enjoy exhibits from self-taught individuals whose art comes from the inner voices of their soul rather than classic training. There are over 4,000 pieces in the permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits.
Where to Play in Federal Hill
The area between Charles Street and Light Street is where the area's most popular places will be found. Some of the restaurants here are the best that Baltimore has to offer, and all the galleries, clubs, bars, and boutique shops will keep you busy. Here is a roundup of some favorites.
- Illusions Bar & Theater, 1025 South Charles Street, Baltimore
Enjoy drinks and a unique show that is a cross between comedy and magic in an upscale environment. Stick around after the show for table side tricks and entertainment. Locals call Illusions one of the most interesting places in town.
- Ryleighs Oyster, 36 East Cross Street, Baltimore
Every meal served here is made from the freshest seafood and prepared to please. From Oysters to crab soup to shrimp and mussels, if it is seafood you're looking for, Ryleighs is the place to be.
- SoBo Cafe, 6 West Cross Street, Baltimore
From chicken pot pie to pasta to cupcakes, the SoBo Cafe has something on the menu for everyone. People in the neighborhood suggest starting with the sangria while you peruse the lengthy cocktail menu.
To learn more about this unique Baltimore neighborhood or to find a Federal Hill home, contact Homesale Realty today.