Ten wonderfully diverse neighborhoods that form the heart of this great city!

There's two things that all Central Baltimore neighborhoods have in common, they are all in the center of this great city, and they are all within walking distance of each other! The ten different neighborhoods here offer a vast array of environments. Some seem almost pastoral for a big city, while others are full of the vibrant urban streetlife expected in the city's hub for theatre, music and art. Similarly, there's housing of every income level and type, including everything from repurposed industrial spaces, to historic mansions, to new apartment buildings, to classic Baltimore row houses. If you can't find somewhere you'd like to visit, or live, in Central Baltimore, you just haven't looked!

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Known for its vibrantly colored “Painted Lady” rowhouses, the Abell community is mostly residential. Tree-lined streets, historic architecture, and an active, close-knit community make Abell one of Baltimore’s most charming neighborhoods. Leave your car at home and walk your child to Barclay Elementary/Middle School or visit the recently renovated public library, Johns Hopkins University main campus, Waverly Farmer’s Market, and popular restaurants. The Abell Open Space, a pocket park maintained by the community, is the heart of the neighborhood and used for recreation and neighborhood gatherings.

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Barclay is community full of passionate, dedicated neighbors often found working on various passion projects – from greening, mosaic signage, or classes at the local community center.  Barclay enjoys walkability to all types of shopping and a wealth of transportation options due to being tucked between the Old Goucher business district, Charles North Business district, and Penn Station. Neighborhood leaders have worked closely with Telesis, People’s Homesteading Group, and other partners to redevelop the area and make sure each project shares the values of community, diversity, and sustainability.


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Charles North

Making up half of the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, the Charles North neighborhood offers an eclectic mix of arts, entertainment, and historic buildings and rowhomes. Charles North, one of the city’s most transit-friendly neighborhoods, with connections to Penn Station, Light Rail, MARC, and BoltBus. Hundreds of artists live and work in converted commercial and industrial buildings, rowhomes, markets, and theaters such as the Charles and Parkway. North Avenue boasts the expansion of MICA, eateries, and performance space.

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Charles Village

On the National Register of Historic Places since 1983, this distinctive community of 45 city blocks of mostly late 19th- to early 20th-century rowhomes attracts a diverse population from young singles and families, to empty nesters. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Museum of Art, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Enoch Pratt Library Waverly Branch, and strong community-supported public schools anchor Charles Village, while The Village Learning Place, 29th Street Community Center, Charles Village Rec League, and numerous churches provide activities for all ages and interests. The 16-acre Wyman Park Dell, located on the eastern edge of Charles Village, was fully designed by the Olmsted Brothers (sons of Frederick Olmsted, who designed NYC’s Central Park).

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Greenmount West

Greenmount West is in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District and contains large live/work housing for artists, renovated rowhomes, and ample green space. After years of disinvestment, the neighborhood is enjoying a resurgence with new galleries, makerspaces, restaurants, and performance space. Live in Greenmount West and enjoy any of the various community gathering spaces – from the community center, Wunderground, or the new OpenWorks – a local makerspace for creative professionals. Walk over to Penn Station in just 5 minutes to grab a train to D.C., or stay local hanging with your friendly neighbors.

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Harwood is an energized, close-knit small community with a mix of new families and life-long residents. Most neighborhood children attend Barclay Elementary/Middle School, which operates in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.   The Harwood Community Association actively connects community members and holds many events such as an annual block party for the entire neighborhood. The Healthy Neighborhoods program offers below- market home mortgage rates and neighborhood open space and marketing grants.

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On the northern end of Central Baltimore, Oakenshawe with its lush tree-lined streets and tranquil atmosphere, seems like it's miles away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. But, it's not, it's right here in The Core! If you like serenity with your centrality, you'll appreciate the atmosphere in Oakenshawe which is on the Register of Historic Places, and has the same gentle pace as it did when it was one of Baltimore's first trolley suburbs. Its housing options vary from 19th Century suburban villas to the classic Baltimore city rowhome.

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Old Goucher

Over the last 15 years, Old Goucher has largely shed its office-and-retail image as hundreds of homeowners and renters moved back into this transit-friendly, historic community. The neighborhood derives its name from Dr. John F. Goucher, who built Lovely Lane Methodist Church and Baltimore Women’s College (later named Goucher College) starting in 1884. Late Victorian architecture inspired the creation of the Old Goucher College National Historic District, which affords homeowners and developers valuable tax credits to restore contributing buildings.


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Remington is an easily walkable, mixed-use, neighborhood, whose diverse residents are also a closely-connected community. Remington's housing options range from small two-bedroom rowhomes to new costruction apartments and fully rehabbed for sale and rent homes. Residents are engaged in the neighborhood's churches, schools, and community associations and like the many visitors to Remington  enjoy eating and drinking at the neighborhood's corner bars and eateries that are famous throughout the city.

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Wyman Park

Wyman Park is a haven for people who want the convenience of urban living while staying close to nature. Wyman Park is within easy walking distance of the Rotunda (with its shops, organic market, pharmacy and theater), the eclectic shopping and eateries in Hampden, Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In addition to abundant trees and open spaces for recreation or dog-walking, residents can take a peaceful stroll along The Stony Run Trail, which connects Wyman Park to Roland Park and Remington. Predominantly rowhouses,  built between the early 1900s and the 1940s, Wyman Park's homes range from brick bow-front rowhouses to daylight rows with generous porches and sunrooms.

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