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October
11

Mount Vernon - The Best of What City Living Has to Offer

Mount Vernon Living
Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood is an urban mix of historic architecture, trendy art, and hipster charm. It's a walkable, bikeable community with easy access to museums, shops, restaurants, and an abundance of cultural experiences.

Mount Vernon Homes are an integral part of this vibrant neighborhood. They offer contemporary urban living the way you want to live it. You can choose a historic Victorian row home, a carriage house, a condominium, or modern high-rise to meet or exceed your residential expectations.

Our REALTORS® in Baltimore know that once you get to know Mount Vernon MD you'll become obsessed with the look, feel, and excitement of this urban community. We're sharing a short list of our favorite features to pique your interest.

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December
21

Where Historic Preservation Meets Real-Life Social Networking

Engineers Club Mount Vernon
The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood has long been known as one of the most stunning properties in the city for weddings, but did you know that the building is also home to one of the city's most unique social clubs? The Engineers Club at Garrett-Jacobs Mansion is open to a wide range of professionals (both experienced and aspiring), and the organization has now been going strong for more than 100 years. Membership in The Engineers Club gives you a chance to make some new friends, expand your professional network, and spend plenty of time in one of Baltimore's most gorgeous historic buildings.

The Engineers Club is open to all professionals today, but it got its start as a meeting place just for engineers. Alfred Quick, an engineer who worked for the city of Baltimore, had the idea for the club in 1905, and his peers were instantly receptive to the concept. The club bounced around to a few different locations in its early years, before settling in at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion in 1961.

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October
17

Touring the Walters Art Museum - Mount Vernon

 

Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood is one of the true highlights of living in Maryland.  Most locals know Mount Vernon as the cultural center of Baltimore with a multitude of things to do:  arts, theater, and culture.  It's easy to see why so many people are talking about this neighborhood. When you are looking for things to do that are unique to Baltimore, start your day by visiting The Walters Art Museum.

Mount Vernon MD Walters Art Museum


The Walters Art Museum

The heart of the Mount Vernon cultural district is the Walters Art Museum. If you love art, then you will want to visit this local icon. This internationally recognized art museum has collections of art from around the globe and throughout history. Here you can see masterpieces form European masters, Asian artwork and even Egyptian mummies. The Walters Art Museum houses thousands of pieces spanning centuries of human history. A tour of the museum is a chance to see the history and development of art.

In addition to the artwork itself, the Walters Art Museum offers numerous things to do for the community. Regular cultural exhibits and performances highlight the different cultural groups that make Baltimore their home. Schools and colleges partner with the museum to provide educational opportunities to their classes through outreach programs and field trips.

Families will even find that the museum offers things to do that are quite kid friendly. Throughout the year, special exhibits and events welcome children to experience and explore art in their own way. In addition, on Saturdays, the museum hosts children's activities to connect kids with art. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with later evening hours on Thursdays.

Other Things to Do in Mount Vernon

As well as spending time at the Walters Art Museum, there are a number of other cultural things to do in Mount Vernon. It is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera House, and two theaters, the Spotlighter's Theatre and Centerstage.  Opportunities to enjoy the performing arts are endless.


Be sure not to miss the Peabody Institute or the Contemporary Museum. Strolling through the streets of Mount Vernon is an experience in culture, with many architecturally significant buildings in this historic district.

Whether you enjoy a Saturday exploring the children's offerings at the Walters Art Museum or a Friday night seeing a performance at Centerstage, Mount Vernon's cultural attractions will keep you engaged and entertained.   Consider making Mount Vernon your home.  Residential properties throughout this thriving community mean you can keep yourself in the center of this cultural hot spot. Contact Homesale Realty to find Mount Vernon homes for sale.

July
24

Mount Vernon MD Historic BuildingMount Vernon, Maryland, named after the home of George Washington, is steeped in our nation's history. From America's first monument honoring our country's first president to its first lending library and its oldest cathedral, the area is full of historic art, museums, early American architecture, and grand old mansions.
 

Historical Places to See in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon has so many historical sites, museums, and collections throughout their area, it is difficult to choose which to see first.  Here are a few must-see destinations.

Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore
Featuring a collection of artwork gathered by William Thompson Walters and his son, Henry, the collection at the Walters Art Museum features European paintings, Greek and Roman antiques, ceramics from the Far East, Egyptian mummy masks, and much more from all around the world.

The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Thursdays are Constellation Night, and the museum is open until 9:00 p.m. General admission is free, however, some exhibits may require tickets.

Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore
Founded in 1844, the MdHS is the permanent home for the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner along with 350,000 objects and more than 7 million books and documents that have a place in Maryland's history. The facility underwent a major expansion in 2003 and now features 30,000 square feet of exhibition space.


The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. Until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 for adults.

Washington Monument & Museum, 699 North Charles Street, Baltimore
Construction began on this monument in 1815 making it the first dedicated to George Washington. It is surrounded by the four squares that make up Mount Vernon Place and the park includes a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette to show support for the French fighting for their liberty in the 20th century. 

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church,10 East Mt.Vernon Place, Baltimore
Built in 1872 as a "Cathedral of Methodism," the church sits on the property that once was the home of Charles Howard and his wife, Elizabeth Key. Elizabeth's father, Frances Scott Key, died in the home in 1843. The building is currently listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.


The 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner

Locals and visitors throughout Baltimore will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner all summer long. After a brief stay at the Smithsonian, the original manuscript of the Star Spangled Banner has returned to the Maryland Historical Society and awaits the biggest celebrations in September. The week-long Star Spangled Spectacular includes tall ships, the Blue Angels, historical demonstrations, family-friendly fun, and live music starts September 10 with a concert and fireworks display over the Baltimore harbor on September 13. 

Living in Mount Vernon Maryland

Mixed in with the historical sites and institutions is a feast of contemporary culture, cuisine, and nightlife. To become part of a city that is carrying our nation's history into the future, take a look at our real estate listing of homes for sale in Mount Vernon, Maryland. To schedule a showing, or to learn more about living here, contact Homesale Realty today.

January
23

Washington Monument Mount Vernon MDIn the late 1800s, Mount Vernon, MD attracted the rich and elite from Baltimore as a place to build homes more suited to their luxuriant lifestyle. Their taste for inviting parks paired with grand architecture gave the area the distinct style it maintains today. Distinguished architects of the time were commissioned to design and build not just the stately homes in the area, but also grand buildings, cathedrals, and monuments. Most of these structures still stand today, although many have been repurposed into commercial buildings.

Today, the lively neighborhood of Mount Vernon, MD serves at the cultural center of Baltimore with its many museums and cultural attractions, as well as home to a wide range of businesses, dining and night life locations, boutique shops, and a diverse group of residents.

Historic Landmarks in Mount Vernon MD

Walters Art Museum. This public art museum contains ancient Egyptian sculpture and statues, Greek sculpture and jewelry, Roman sarcophagi, Renaissance bronzes and paintings and other pieces, Chinese and Japanese ceramics, Art Deco jewelry and master paintings from Raphael, El Greco, Bernini, and more.
Washington Monument. Although currently closed for repairs after Hurricane Irene and an earthquake earlier that same year, the first monument to our first president is still an iconic feature of Mount Vernon MD. It was the world's tallest building until 1889 when the Eiffel Tower claimed the title, and it remains as one of the tallest structures in Baltimore.
Maryland Historical Society. Home to the original copy of the Star Spangled Banner, this is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the state. Housed in a mansion originally built for H. Irvine Keyser, a well-known philanthropist of his time, the building itself is a historic piece. Exhibits include maritime artifacts, Maryland relics, prehistoric artifacts, and 18th and 19th century silver.
Stafford Hotel. Once housing F. Scott Fitzgerald as he commented on the underside of the jazz era, the Stafford Hotel also enjoyed a brief period of being the tallest building in Mount Vernon. The Roman brick exterior and Romanesque architecture provide a stunning backdrop for what is now an apartment building for Johns Hopkins University students.
Baltimore Basilica. Formally known as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the basilica was the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the U.S. Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, one of the first professionally trained architects in America and designer of the U.S. Capitol building, the building was painstakingly restored in 2006 to not only bring it back to its original glory, but also in incorporate modern technologies.

More Places to See

Mount Vernon has many contemporary points of interest including the Contemporary Museum, or "The Contemporary". Although it has redefined and relocated itself many times in the three decades since its founding, the museums constant commitment is to showcase modern art in a variety of mediums. Brewers Art is a restaurant and pub located in a historic townhouse that brews its own beers and offers tours of the building. The neighborhood also features dozens of boutique clothing stores, coffee shops, book stores, and more all housed in what once was the mansions of the elite.

While strolling the Mount Vernon MD area, whether on your way to one of the many historic points, shopping destinations, or enjoying the neighborhood's energetic nightlife, take a moment to enjoy the residential architecture featuring single-family rowhouses, carriage houses, condominiums and apartment buildings that speak of a bygone era that is simultaneously alive in a contemporary light.

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