Baltimore Neighborhood Guide

Baltimore is known as Charm City largely because of its inviting neighborhoods. Home to a vibrant, multicultural population, Baltimore residents can choose from a variety of urban, historic and up-and-coming neighborhoods. Each Baltimore neighborhood is known for having its own personality, which can be quite noticeable even when walking just one block over.

Whether you are renting or looking to purchase a home, Baltimore offers something for everyone. From historic brick rowhouses and stone farmhouses to high-rise apartments, households of every size can find a neighborhood that feels like home. Check out ten of Baltimore’s most-loved neighborhoods.

Downtown

Downtown Baltimore is one of the area’s most popular neighborhoods for young professionals. Although its crime rates are higher than some surrounding areas, the area’s sophisticated urban vibe cannot be found in other parts of the city. Downtown residents enjoy easy walking access to restaurants, clubs, coffeehouses, theaters and shopping.

The majority of Downtown residents rent instead of own their homes, which are mostly mid- and high-rise condos and apartments. A Downtown apartment is perfect for a single person or young couple working at Mercy Medical Center or in the Business and Government Historic District. Downtown’s eastern edge also borders the University of Maryland campus and is one of Baltimore’s most diverse neighborhoods.

Canton

If you are looking for a trendy area where it is easy to walk to local pubs, bars and specialty shops, Canton may be perfect for you. The neighborhood boasts numerous brick rowhouses set along tree-lined streets. Real estate in Canton can be pricey, but its low crime rates, green spaces, sidewalks and dog parks make it a great place to raise a family. In addition, Canton is home to some of Baltimore’s most popular summer concerts, wine festivals and other family-friendly activities.

Hampden

Hipsters flock to Hampden in North Baltimore and are drawn to the lively arts scene and quirky nightlife. Hampden homes include charming multi-story brick and stone rowhouses with curved windows and narrow stoops. The area has many pubs and bars within close walking distance and its Avenue (36th Street) is home to many festivals throughout the year.

Hampden has a good balance of home owners and renters. It is close to Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus and home to Roosevelt Park. The park is perfect for families with children of all ages, as it includes athletic fields, a swimming pool, splash pad and skate park.

Mount Vernon

Home to some of Baltimore’s most beautiful architecture, Mount Vernon is considered one of the city’s main historic and cultural focal points. At its center is the famous Washington Monument surrounded by green spaces, churches and the Walters Art Museum. The area is also home to the George Peabody Library and the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Most residents of this neighborhood rent their homes, which include condos of varying sizes and amenities and some single-family homes. Real estate in Mount Vernon can be expensive and the area is popular with professionals from diverse backgrounds. The area is home to a wide variety of international restaurants and unique boutiques, and most residents find themselves within easy walking distance to upscale coffee shops.

Fells Point

Fells Point is an area of town that truly showcases why Baltimore is also called Charm City. Boasting over 160 buildings on the National Historic Register, the area includes the Robert Long House, the city’s oldest standing residence. With gorgeous waterfront views and cobblestone streets, Fells Point is home to pubs, taverns and old-style saloons.

It is an area popular with families due to the dozens of family-friendly festivals that this neighborhood hosts throughout the year, but it is an expensive place to live. Waterfront condos can cost over $1 million, but it is possible to find small apartments or condos to rent for less than $2,000 per month.

Patterson Place

Ranking as one of Baltimore’s most diverse neighborhoods, charming Patterson Place is a smaller, tight-knit community of brick rowhouses and condos. It is adjacent to award-winning Patterson Park and its famous pagoda. The park is a huge draw for young families as it includes an ice skating rink, community garden, walking trails and a lake with fish. There is a good balance between homeowners and renters in the area, and there are still opportunities to purchase lower-priced homes to renovate.

Federal Hill

It is not cheap to live in Federal Hill, but it is popular with families and young professionals who want to be close to the action and have good access to public transportation. Residents of Federal Hill tend to have higher-than-average incomes than those in other areas of Baltimore, and real estate prices reflect this. Most residents live in restored or renovated row houses and the area still includes cobblestone streets.

Federal Hill offers great Inner Harbor views, and easy access to a wide variety of restaurants and bars. Historic Federal Hill is home to the Cross Street Market, which opened in 1846. The neighborhood also boasts Baltimore’s largest growing maker community, where local artisans create and sell their work.

Wyman Park

Wyman Park is an urban neighborhood with a small-town feel. Bordering Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, this area ranks high with families and professionals. Most of Wyman Park’s housing consists of rowhouses along tree-lined streets. The park itself boasts wide open green spaces and is a popular destination for dog owners and joggers. Wyman Park residents are just a few blocks away from the hipster night life and art scene in neighboring Hampden.

Guilford

Guilford is one of the city’s more upscale neighborhoods, with a quiet, suburban feel. Located in the northern part of Baltimore, Guilford’s historic district is home to some of the city’s most beautiful single-family houses. These range in size from small cottages to stately mansions and are nestled among mature trees, manicured lawns and period streetlights.

The Guilford area also includes apartments, rowhouses and condos for rent and is popular with students of Loyola College, Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins University. It is home to the scenic six-acre Sherwood Gardens, famous for its 80,000 tulips that peak in late April.

Butcher’s Hill

Like most Baltimore city neighborhoods, most of the homes in Butcher’s Hill are brick rowhouses. However, the homes in this area showcase a range of architectural diversity, with some dating back to 1850. Its residents reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the city as well. It is a small neighborhood without many shopping or restaurant options, but families enjoy its close proximity to Patterson Park.