Best Neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is the largest city and cultural center in the State of Maryland as well as the largest independent city in the United States. Baltimore has the largest US seaport in the Mid-Atlantc, and with 2.7 million residents, Baltimore is the 21st largest city in the country. Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed a "city of neighborhoods," with over 300 identified districts traditionally occupied by distinct ethnic groups. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is a tremendous artistic and cultural draw for the city, as is the Pride of Baltimore Chorus; three time silver medal winning women's ensemble. Baltimore has a notable sports history dating back to Babe Ruth being the star of the Orioles in 1895.

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Baltimore has had a significant decrease in violent crime over the past ten years.

Top Neighborhoods

Baltimore Highlands located on the north side of East Baltimore is within 5 to 10 minutes of many of Baltimore's fine attractions including Fell's Point, Little Italy and Inner Harbor. The famous John Hopkins Research Institute is housed within Baltimore Highlands borders, and Church Home Hospital is located nearby. Parents and children have many educational opportunities from public, private, charter and parochial schools. With a diverse population as its basis, Baltimore Highlands is an artsy, cultural and hip neighborhood with great row homes and apartments to rent. The Baltimore Light Rail passes through the community making public transportation an easy option.

Radnor-Winston is located to the west of York Road. The neighborhood extends from Charter Oak Avenue on the south to Notre Dame Lane on the north and backs to the campuses of Notre Dame and Loyala respectively. From previous large country estates came the development of the Radnor Winston community. Radnor Winston is one of a number of early suburban communities developed along the York Road street car line in the early decades of the 20th century. Radnor Winston is a friendly, affordable and diverse neighborhood recently nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. The Radnor Winston Improvement Association is an active volunteer organization with a long history of activism on local issues of concern. Radnor Winston provides old world charm and lovely green space right in the midst of the city.

Downtown Baltimore serves as an icon for both the city and the region, and specifically refers to the areas of Camden Yards, West Side, City Center, and Inner Harbor. The historic heart of Downtown Baltimore, City Center encompasses such communities as Historic Charles Street, Charles Center, Market Place and is home to hundreds of businesses and offices. Downtown's Inner Harbor features world class attractions such as Port Discovery Children's Museum, the Baltimore Aquarium, as well as great hotels and convention spaces. One can enjoy fine dining, shopping, and entertainment at Harborplace and the Power Plant. Nearby communities include Inner Harbor East, historic Jonestown, Harborview, and Little Italy. Home to both the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens, Downtown Baltimore/Camden is home to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, neighborhoods bars, interesting shops, and great restaurants.

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Union Square Just nine-tenths of a mile from Camden Yards Baseball Stadium, the Union Square/Hollins Market Historic District sits on the rich historical ground of Southwest Baltimore; or as the locals call it, Sowebo. Much of the neighborhood is built on the former estate of Thorowgood Smith, a shipper, merchant and previous mayor of Baltimore from 1804 to 1808. Named for the gracefully charming park resting at its center, Union Square is an exceptional and diverse urban setting. The neighborhood is home to several art galleries, artist studios, and The 1870 Guest House; overlooking the square. With an outstanding tradition of old and new residents coming together to serve the greater good, Union Square is actively engaged in with local nonprofits and other neighboring communities. This historic neighborhood, one of Baltimore's friendliest, is marked by stately row homes, brick sidewalks, period street lamps and pre- and post-Civil War architecture. Union Square's charm, history, and involvement in the community are undeniable.

Federal Hill is a neighborhood primarily of brick, late 19th Century homes. Many have been rehabbed into modern residences in the recent past. Some of these historic homes have been converted to apartment houses. Federal Hill is a cohesive, inclusive neighborhood with a strong community sense which works hard to preserve its individuality. There are still many residents who are second and third generation South Baltimoreans who are equally proud of their heritage. Most homes are owner-occupied, but there is a good supply of rental housing as well. The larger neighborhood is generally referred to as being comprised of two parts, Federal Hill and West Federal Hill; both working collective to preserve and enhance the community. The rebuilding of the Inner Harbor greatly increased interest in Federal Hill as an area of beautiful residential streets within minutes of the city's business and entertainment district.

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Franklin Square is located in West Baltimore just north of Union Square. It is bounded by Carey Street on the East and Mulberry Street on the North. Franklin Square is a historical and ideal urban community, with an excited and diverse population. This greatly admired community is the oldest of six mid-19th century hilltop squares in the city. The Douglass Theater, forerunner to the Royal Theater, is located within the square, as is Saint Martins Church; the neighborhood's oldest continuous church congregation. Franklin Square Hospital was built in the early 1900's and still services the community today. With great performing arts and charm abounding within its borders, Franklin Square is historically hip place to live.

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