When you're buying a home in an unfamiliar city, one of the most challenging aspects can be finding the right neighborhood. Baltimore is a dynamic and diverse city with neighborhoods that reflect the differences. Learning about each area can help you narrow down places that are attractive to you.
Vibrant, quirky, chic, fun--four words used to describe Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood. Located along the city's waterfront just east of the Inner Harbor, Harbor East caters to everyone from young thinkers to Baltimore's business people. Baltimore, ranked by Forbes.com as one of the "Coolest" cities in America, is an urban epicenter fueled by a surge of big business, education, and culture. Dine at one of Harbor East's trendy restaurants, shop with friends, tour a museum, or spend the day at a spa.
Hipsters young and young-at-heart will thrive in Hampden—arguably one of the hippest scenes in the US. When a neighborhood boasts a festival called "Hon Fest" inspired by historic Baltimorese slang, you know you have a one-of-a-kind place on your hands. Popular for many reasons, Hampden lures residents who enjoy a bit more color, flavor and a busy lifestyle. Conveniently located near Downtown Baltimore, some of the main highlights of Hampden include funky stores, hidden restaurants, an authentic sense of fun as well as a wide mix of home styles.
Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood was named for English ship builder, William Fell who founded his Maryland company in 1726. Today, Fells Point real estate is an eclectic mix of residential and commercial buildings. There are over 161 Fells Point buildings listed on the National Historic Register. Fells Point is home to a menagerie of professionals, musicians, artists, students, and families. With a reputation of coming to life at night, Fells Point is also home to a variety of daytime activities like shopping at neighborhood boutiques and antique shop as well as dining at some of the city's best restaurants and pubs.
If there's an "it" zip code in Baltimore, you have found it in Guilford. The spectacular architecture and grand estates are nothing short of phenomenal. It's also home to some of the city's top schools, and the lovely Sherwood Gardens. Each year brings a new opportunity to see a vivacious display of tulips at the gardens, which many people in Baltimore take advantage of. Guilford keeps its residents close to Baltimore's top attractions and employment hubs while allowing them to live the high life in relative privacy.
Many professional singletons and young couples enjoy a work day followed by an evening out in their nightlife-driven neighborhood. Full of good bars and restaurants, Federal Hill is a preppy kind of hip that encourages a lifestyle on the go. There is a lot within walking distance, including Baltimore's Inner Harbor and downtown, which makes it a great place to go auto-free and live local.
Baltimore features too many interesting neighborhoods to name them all. The key is finding the right one for you. Buying a home in Baltimore is an exciting adventure, one that introduces you to a wonderful city full of character to live in. That's why it is always best to consult a local real estate expert. Contact a BHHS Homesale Realty office in the Baltimore area to have one of our local, experienced REALTORS® help you find the right home.