Are you considering moving to Baltimore, Maryland? Here are 10 reasons why you will be glad that you did!
Baltimore is centrally located in Maryland is within a few hours of many attractions and destinations. Hop on I-95 south for 1 hour and you will be in Washington, DC. Hop on 1-95 north for 2 hours and you will be in Philadelphia. Feeling a beach weekend? Ocean City, MD is only 2.5-3 hours away. Want to get in a great hike? Baltimore and Harford Counties offer many hiking trails, including Rocks State Park, Loch Raven Reservoir Park, and Gunpowder State Park. The state capital of Annapolis is roughly 45 minutes south of Baltimore. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is a quick 15 minute uber from downtown Baltimore.
Baltimore is rich with American history. Baltimore is home to Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote what become the National Anthem during the War of 1812. Lexington Market, founded in 1782, is known as one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the United States today. The Horse You Came In On Saloon, located in Fells Point, was established in 1775, is said to be America's oldest continually operated saloon and is the last known destination of great American poet Edgar Allen Poe before his mysterious death. Historic properties from the 1700’s and 1800’s are located all throughout the city, many of which have been converted for modern use. The Phoenix Shot Tower was the tallest building in the United States until the Civil War and is one of the few remaining structures of its kind. Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, was born and raised in Baltimore. Bath Ruth was also a Baltimore Native.
3. The Food
Ok, so we all know Baltimore (and Maryland) is known for crabs, but there is also a lot more! For great crab cakes, check out Koco’s Pub. Heard of the berger cookie? You can find them in just about every Royal Farms in the area. Need some wings for gameday? Check out Delia Foley’s (my favorite) in Federal Hill or check out Kisling’s in Canton. For breakfast, Simply Marie’s in Canton is a hidden gem that will be sure to start your morning off to a great start. If you want a mimosa with your breakfast or brunch, Fell’s Point, Federal Hill, and Canton offer plenty of options. Several fine dining options can be found in Harbor East, including multiple restaurants owned by James Beard finalist chef, Cindy Wolf. Enjoy unparalleled views of the city and a cocktail from The Bygone Of course, not everything is located near the harbor. Head up to the Avenue in Hampden or hang out in Mount Vernon for a drink or a bite to eat. Cross Street Market and Broadway Market were recently renovated with Lexington Market currently under renovation.. Follow @eatmorebaltimore on Instagram for mouth-watering local food posts
4. The Neighborhoods
Baltimore is home to more than 250 diverse neighborhoods.
Crabcakes and football, that’s what Maryland does. In Baltimore, the people love their Baltimore Ravens and their Baltimore Orioles. During the spring and summer, the city bleeds orange. During the fall, the city bleeds purple. With plenty of bars and restaurants that offer gameday specials and events, there’s always something to do when the home team is playing. Baltimore is also home to the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps.
6. Rooftop Decks
If you’re browsing homes in Baltimore, you will notice many houses close to downtown have a rooftop deck. When you have limited yard space, the only place to go is up. Rooftop decks are perfect for entertaining guests, watching the fire works during the 4th of July and New Year’s, and enjoying the city skyline and harbor.
7. The National Aquarium
The National Aquarium has been one of Baltimore’s premier attractions since it opened in 1981. Located on pier 3 of the Inner Harbor, you can explore different ecosystem exhibits from all over the world and see some of rarest species. After 5pm on Fridays is half price admission!
8. The Arts
Baltimore is rich in art. One of the premier events of the summer, Artscape, is a festival that attracts an average audience of more than 300,000 people to Midtown Baltimore and the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. The kinetic sculpture race is also quite a sight to see.
9. Higher Education
There are many higher education institutions that offer graduate programs located in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, including The University of Maryland, Towson University (go Tigers), Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, Stevenson University, and Goucher College.
10. Water Activities
From inner harbor sightseeing tours, the water taxi, to kayaking and sailing, there are no shortage of activities to do on the water in and around Baltimore. Although, for fishing, I recommend heading out to the county and beyond for cleaner waters.
Baltimore and the surrounding counties is where my team and I do the majority of our business. Not only do we serve our clients real estate needs in Baltimore, but we enjoy its many amenities with our family and friends. We would love to make Baltimore or the surrounding areas your next home. Email me at email@example.com or call me at 443-244-3218 to discuss and plan your next move. You can also visit my website, www.mdhousehunt.com to view active and featured properties.