Baltimore Neighborhoods
Baltimore Neighborhoods

Mt. Vernon 

This National Register Historic District is home of the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon Square, the first memorial to George Washington and considered to be one of the most beautiful urban sites in the world. A mere 15-minute walk to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Mt Vernon offers its residents a truly convenient location, lively diverse neighborhoods, and serves as the cultural center of Baltimore. 

Prospective home buyers will find a wide array of homes from which to choose, including single family Victorian row homes, condominiums, carriage houses, high rises, and apartments. Many of the historic row homes offer late 18th century to early 20th century Federal style architecture. Not looking for Federal Style? Perhaps Edwardian, Second Empire, Tudor, or Georgian might suit your taste. Mt. Vernon offers an eclectic mix of homes for the most discriminating buyer. Religious institutions represent a variety of denominations and schools offer parents a choice of public and private options. The renowned Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University is located in Mt. Vernon. 

Residents of Mt. Vernon have an endless variety of arts and entertainment at their front door. More than 35 restaurants serve up mouth-watering dishes representing delectable ethnic foods, romantic settings for gourmet masterpieces, fun family cuisine, and delicious deli favorites. Choose one of the many nightclubs to enjoy your favorite jazz or learn the two-step. For theaters and concert halls, enjoy an outing at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Lyric Opera House or Center Stage, to name a few. Art lovers will love browsing the treasures at The Walters Art Museum, The Meredith Gallery or the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting. If shopping is your passion, there are over 100 shops and 5 blocks of antiques on Antique Row. 

The historic and architectural rejuvenation of Mt. Vernon's many buildings makes this dynamic neighborhood a desirable choice. 

Barre Circle 

This charming and historic neighborhood gives its residents a homey, close-knit feel with just 120 townhouses built between 1840 and 1890. Many of these homes maintain their original 12 to 14 foot wide width, which simply reinforces their old world ambiance. Large backyards with lovely shade trees are not uncommon in this neighborhood. Many residents have dubbed Barre Circle as "Little Georgetown". 

With its convenient location to I-95, the Beltway, and Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Barre Circle is a perfect choice for professionals who work downtown or at the University Center. For those seeking Baltimore's cultural offerings, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Lyric Theater, Walters Art Gallery, B&O Railroad Museum, and Oriel Park at Camden Yards are a short five minute drive. Southside Shopping Center, Mt. Clare Junction, and Federal Hill provide residents with a multitude of shopping experiences. 

This exciting Baltimore neighborhood of culturally and ethnically diverse residents welcomes people of all ages, professional backgrounds, and lifestyles who choose to make Barre Circle their home. 

Ridgely's Delight 

Birthplace of baseball hero and American legend, Babe Ruth, Ridgely's Delight is a picturesque neighborhood of charming mid-1800's brick row houses. Its location is perfect for commuters who travel by light rail, MARC trains, or on the Beltway. Ridgely's Delight is within walking distance of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and is adjacent to the University Center and Camden Yards. This appealing combination makes Ridgely's Delight the perfect home for Baltimore's professionals. 

The captivating row houses range from large 3 story dwellings located on the main street to old-world converted alley homes. Some homes even have garages and lovely gardens. 

Ridgely's Delight is full of fascinating history. George Washington is believed to have spent a night in one of the row homes to nurse an injured arm. Apparently this same home became a safe stop for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. 

In the early 19th century, the neighborhood was home to skilled craftspeople, and then housed affluent professionals toward the end of the century. Today, Ridgely's Delight is an interesting blend of many diverse people.

Mount Washington 

Looking for a delightful country setting? Mount Washington is just the place with its location in northwestern Baltimore City. Yet city life and the Inner Harbor are a mere fifteen-minute drive. 

Mount Washington provides its residents with an array of activities, including tennis courts at Luckman Park, rugby and lacrosse fields at the University of Baltimore, a public golf driving range, and the wonderful Mount Washington Village where residents and visitors may indulge in a plethora of shopping, dining, or relaxing in one of the spas. Luckman Park is also a lovely place for a quiet picnic or a peaceful walk along the many paths. If that isn't enough, the Mount Washington Mill, an historic mill, has been reborn as a modern shopping center offering its shoppers a variety of stores including the popular Starbucks. Two country clubs boast tennis, golf, and swimming, one with two Olympic pools! Nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful Cylburn Arboretum with its nature trails, wide variety of trees, and bird watching. 

Homebuyers will find a great selection of homes from unpretentious cottages to splendid mansions with Victorian and Georgian styles, many of which are over 100 years old. Modern condominiums are also available. Families will find a nice selection of places to worship as well as schools for their children. 

If you like the feel of a quaint New England village, you will be right at home in Mount Washington. This historic neighborhood, once a summer retreat for some of Baltimore's more prominent residents, is the perfect setting for those who want country living in the city. 

Washington Village-Pigtown 

Washington Village is one of the most economically and racially diverse communities in all of Baltimore. Generations of families have lived here and the community has evolved from its original white, blue-collar status to the richly diverse mix it is today. This community boasts a true city setting with its convenient location to I-95, downtown Baltimore, and the University of Maryland Medical campus. 

The name "Pigtown" has an interesting history. Residents referred to the city as such in the 1800's when cargos of pigs, released from the B&O Railroad, ran down Ostend and Cross Streets to the slaughterhouses on Wilkens Avenue. Later, the City of Baltimore renamed the neighborhood Washington Village as part of its urban renewal program. 

Homes in Washington Village are typical of the area-two and three story row homes. Demand for three story row houses continues as many have superb views of Oriel Park at Camden Yards. Designated by the government as an Empowerment Zone, a redevelopment initiative for local communities, Washington Village is a terrific place for homebuyers to take advantage of special grants available to those who buy in "the zone". 

Residents enjoy the many sights Washington Village has to offer by hopping a bus or taking a train or short walk to these destinations, which include The B&O Railroad, Oriel Park at Camden Yards, Babe Ruth House and Museum, Inner Harbor and Lexington Market, Carroll Park Golf Course, University Hospital, Hollins Market, Federal Hills shops, Cross St. Market, fabulous ethnic restaurants and pubs, and the Convention Center. In addition to these city gems, residents may visit the local library, choose a special place of worship or select from a number of schools available for their children. 

Culturally rich city life with plenty of diversity abounds in this exciting Baltimore community. 

Butchers Hill 

Butchers Hill earned its distinctive name from the prosperous butchers and poultry workers, German merchants, and Jewish professionals and tradesmen who once resided there. Though almost physically identical since the turn of the century, this East Baltimore neighborhood today accommodates a colorful mix of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and white singles, "empty-nesters," students, and professionals who enjoy the character and diversity of Baltimore's city life. 

Potential homeowners will find much variety in Butchers Hill including row homes, stately residences, and a small selection of individual homes. Some of Butchers Hill's more artistic residents have restored their homes to their original historical style while incorporating modern touches such as roof decks and lovely flower gardens. 

Because of its convenient location, Butchers Hill is a terrific neighborhood to enjoy the best entertainment and cultural centers Baltimore has to offer. This community is just minutes from Fells Point, Canton, Inner Harbor, the Lyric, Center Stage, the Meyerhoff, Walters Art Gallery, the Mechanic, and Camden Yards. Patterson Park, the largest downtown park, is close by. 

The residents of Butchers Hill are a warm, open group who welcome newcomers to this exciting and culturally stimulating neighborhood. 

Brewers Hill 

With its convenient central location in southeast Baltimore, Brewers Hill is within walking distance to Little Italy, Fells Point, O'Donnell Square, Patterson Park, and the Boston Street Korean Memorial Park. Downtown and Camden Yards are a short drive away and major highways and bus lines are very accessible. 

Brewers Hill is a neighborhood of delightful row homes originally built in the early 1900's. Many of these two story homes are of brick construction and some even have marble steps and fronts. Residents will find a variety of both public and private elementary schools and places of worship. There are a number of community associations to help residents feel at home. 

Patterson Park 

Patterson Park neighborhood, in southeast Baltimore, is situated between Canton and Butcher's Hill, two other popular Baltimore neighborhoods. Baltimore City Paper named Patterson Park's 155-acre park, "Best Park in Baltimore 2002." The park boasts a pool, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts, and many scenic walking paths. The historic Pagoda, originally built in 1891 as an observatory to commemorate the 1814 Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, is a favorite site. 

Donated to the city of Baltimore in 1827 by William Patterson, this neighborhood has expanded to a total of 155 acres. Dotted with gorgeous three story Victorian houses built in the early 1900's to two story row homes dating from the 1920's, Patterson Park offers if residents a special historic charm. This is especially true with many of the homes' interiors, which feature stained glass windows, elaborate moldings, hardwood floors, and pressed tin ceilings. 

Residents will find a number of places of worship, as well as neighborhood associations and a library. 

Little Italy 

This friendly and appealing Baltimore neighborhood is at the center of the city's revitalization. It is located between historic Fells Point and the Inner Harbor and residents can hop on the water taxi to enjoy to Fells Point. Little Italy is known for its many festivals. The feast of St. Anthony in June commemorates the survival of the neighborhood during the Great Fire of 1904. Residents prayed to St. Anthony to spare their community. Unbelievably, the fire stopped just outside the neighborhood. Each Friday during the summer, the open-air Italian Film Festival is held and attracts thousands of visitors. Bocci is played all year long and many tournaments are held at the local court. 

This vibrant and colorful community is a showcase for the unique Baltimore style row houses. Many of these historic homes are more than 100 years old with brick and formstone facades. 

Little Italy is the Italian restaurant Mecca of Baltimore. More than 20 restaurants serve up some of the best tasting, most mouth watering Italian dishes to be found anywhere in the city. 

This fun and exciting neighborhood is a true buyers' find not to be overlooked when searching for a home in Baltimore City. 


This thriving business and residential community of ethnic blue collar and professional people is a wonderful mix of European and other diverse ethnic backgrounds. Residents enjoy the convenience of living in a neighborhood with access to railroads, bus lines, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the Harbor Tunnel, I-95 and other major roadways. The distinguished Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is located in Greektown. 

Two story brick row homes are the mainstay in this community. Many boast gorgeous marble steps, which are so characteristic of Southeast Baltimore. Second story bay windows are not uncommon and many residents enjoy lovely front and back yards. These traditional Baltimore homes have an average width of just under 14 feet; another unique feature of the homes in this city. 

Greektown is the home of the annual Greek Festival and Greek Parade, a delightful mix of ethnic restaurants, authentic Greek coffee houses offering some of the best coffee around, bakeries with delicious treats, and small businesses scattered throughout the neighborhood. Highlandtown shopping is within walking distance and the Eastpoint Mall is a short drive away. A variety of schools are within walking distance and St. Nicholas Church is the cornerstone of the community. 

Upper Fells Point 

Originally known as Fells Point, this richly diverse community welcomed many Irish immigrants in the 1700's. Soon African Americans and then German immigrants came to live here and work in the Baltimore canneries and sweatshops so prominent during this time. By the late 1800's and early 1900's, many other ethnic groups of immigrants moved in, contributing to the diverse ethnic mix that identifies Upper Fells Point today. 

This appealing neighborhood offers residents and prospective homebuyers a mix of traditional row homes, and charming apartments that have been converted from churches, warehouses, and historic shops. Many of the homes range in size from a cozy 800 square feet to an expansive 3000 square feet. Quite a few of these historic homes have courtyards and gardens, which add to the ambiance and charm of this neighborhood. 

Residents enjoy the convenient location of Upper Fells Point as it is located near major highways, the Jones Falls Expressway, bus routes, and subway service. Major employers in the area include the Johns Hopkins hospitals, Sylvan Learning Center, and Church Home and Hospital making Upper Fells Point and ideal neighborhood for people of all economic backgrounds to call home. 

Union Square 

Union Square is a true urban gem named for Union Square Park, which is nestled in the heart of this diverse southwest Baltimore neighborhood, or Sowebo, as the locals call it. Many of this neighborhood's wonders-The Inner Harbor, Ravens Stadium, B&O Railroad Museum, the University of Maryland, Baltimore-are within walking distance. The residents of Union Square love its convenient location to major highways and the MARC commuter train, which offers a quick ride into DC. 

This historic district boasts unique pre- and post-Civil War architecture, old world street lamps, brick sidewalks, wonderful historic markets, delightful museums, numerous art galleries, and a bed and breakfast. Visitors love the tours of historic sites available throughout the year. 

The highlight of Union Square is its park, which is surrounded on three sides by stately row houses. By far, this park is one of Baltimore's loveliest urban settings with a true country feel. The gorgeous Victorian fountain is a must see! The Greek-style gazebo hosts neighborhood potluck dinners, music extravaganzas, and delicious breakfasts on weekends. The 1997 movie, Washington Square, was filmed at this notable park. 

In addition to the pre- and post-Civil War architecture, Early Victorian Greek Revival and Late Victorian Romanesque Revival style row homes can be found. Many have fourteen-foot ceilings and classic tall windows, a characteristic of this style. If urban historic charm is a high priority, Union Square is the neighborhood to call home.

Reservoir Hill 

This vibrant community is proud of its cultural diversity and strives to keep it that way. Because of this and its terrific location, it is no wonder that many new residents flock to Reservoir Hill. The Maryland Institute College of Art, conveniently situated nearby, attracts many artistic types to this neighborhood. Gertrude Stein, American writer, poet, activist, and playwright, lived in Union Square around the turn of the century. 

Residents of Reservoir Hill can enjoy the Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park, a lovely flower conservatory, the City Reservoir, and numerous hiking trails. The Johns Hopkins University is close by. 

The homes in Reservoir Hill, built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are distinctive three and four story Victorian brownstones that are hard to find in other neighborhoods in Baltimore. These elegant homes with unique architectural details once housed the wealthiest merchants of Baltimore. In addition, prospective homebuyers can find brick row houses and detached homes. 

Bolton Hill 

Take a walk down one of the charming streets in Bolton Hill and you'll immediately feel like you're back in the 1800s. The brick row homes with iron fencing and gateways, marble steps, and old time lampposts offer residents and visitors an appealing ambience typical of the many historic neighborhoods of Baltimore. 

If culture is your priority, you will find it in Bolton Hill. Within walking distance are the Lyric Theater, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Everyman Theater, and the Walters Art Gallery. For art films try the renovated Charles Theater. This community boasts four parks including Fitzgerald, Park Avenue, Mapleleaf, and Eutaw Place, where neighbors meet for a quiet afternoon or just enjoy time alone in these quiet settings. During summer, many residents enjoys the Bolton Swim and Tennis Club featuring an Olympic pool, four tennis courts, a tennis pro, a playground and picnic area for family outings, and a youth swim team. 

Every summer, residents and visitors alike enjoy Artscape, a three-day celebration of the Arts, featuring local and national artists. In the fall, a lively street festival is held where residents enjoy a variety of music, hand-made crafts by local artists, and luscious ethnic foods. Fitzgerald Park hosts the Bolton Hill Band Concert, an enjoyable annual event that features the Baltimore City Band, fantastic music and terrific food. 


Hampden had its beginning in the early 1800's as a small cluster of homes for the cotton and flour mill workers who lived in the area along the Jones Falls Stream Valley. The mill business continued to grow through the 1800's bringing more people to Hampden. But by the 1970's, the mill business no longer thrived in Baltimore. Though the industry saw its demise, the buildings did not. Developers realized the potential and renovated many of these historic buildings into companies, health clubs, art studios and more. Though the area moved into modernization, it retained its small town homey atmosphere, making Hampden the perfect neighborhood for new families who mingled well with the long time residents. 

Charming shops for antique furniture, fine china, jewelry and art galleries, as well as a delightful selection of restaurants have sprung up along The Avenue in the heart of the shopping area. 

Hampden offers a true mix of housing styles to please every taste. Traditional, historic two and three story row homes abound. Many of these homes are more than 100 years old. Duplexes and some Victorian style single-family houses are also available. Selections of renovated warehouses are found along The Avenue.  

If a small town atmosphere in an urban setting is what you desire, then fun, eclectic Hampden is the neighborhood to choose. 

Federal Hill 

Location is everything! This vibrant community overlooks Baltimore's Inner Harbor and is identified by its charming old-style, late 19th Century brick row houses, many of which have been rehabbed into modern residences. Some of its residents are second and third generation South Baltimoreans, who are proud to be part of its history. Named for Federal Hill Park, one of the city's prime landmarks and located just south of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, the park offers a spectacular view of the Harbor and downtown skyline. Federal Hill residents are just a ten-minute walk from the Harbor and well within walking distance of most downtown businesses, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the new Ravens football stadium, and commuter rail lines. 

The city-owned Cross Street Market is a favorite among visitors, locals, and residents. Fragrant flowers, colorful produce, fresh fish, and a wide array of prepared foods fill the stalls. Restaurants provide a variety of diverse menu choices and taverns offer specialized beers. In addition, Federal Hill boasts an outdoor swimming pool, two marinas and two health clubs. The Federal Hill Elementary School and Southern High School are committed to providing students a curriculum that is academically challenging as well as culturally stimulating. 

Potential homeowners will find everything they are looking for and more in Federal Hill. This distinctive community offers its residents a unique blend of history with contemporary urban living. 

Fells Point 

Cobbled streets, original brick buildings, and old-fashioned street lamps provide Fells Point residents and visitors an old English village ambiance. Drenched in history, this charming community has the distinction of being the oldest section of Baltimore. It is a blend of lifestyles, generations, and cultures. Homes in Fells Point are a mix of newer homes and older row houses, which homebuyers continue to renovate, giving the home a modern update while maintaining its historic charm. 

Fells Point offers its residents plenty in the way of social outings. There's the Baltimore Ice Rink, Baltimore Maritime Museum, Fells Point Walking Tours, Fells Point Corner Theater, and even Fells Point Ghost Tours. For those who enjoy sailing and fishing, charter boats are plentiful. If shopping is your preference, you will find art galleries, antique stores, bookstores, apparel shops, and a toy shop. Restaurants, pubs, coffee houses, and cafes offer up mouth-watering cuisine including Tex Mex, Spanish, Cajun, all American, and fish and seafood, especially Maryland blue crabs. Every fall, locals as well as visitors partake in the Fells Point Fun Festival. Local vendors sell food, clothing, crafts, and beverages. Multiple bands provide music and clowns entertain the children. 

With its waterfront location and close proximity to historic Annapolis and Washington, DC, the community of Fells Point is a much sought after setting for homebuyers. 

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