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  • Patterson Park Perfection

    Baltimore is a rehab city and there are tons of housing stock available and ready to be transformed. But it’s not easy to turn a caterpillar into a butterfly. It takes drawings, permits and the whole permitting process to contend with – waiting for multiple inspectors to show up at various stages of the project. Many
  • West side, east side.  The two sides of 21212.

    Rodgers Forge is a tree-lined community of tony rowhomes with residents heavily invested in its community and schools. Architecturally, this neighborhood is the very definition of homogeneous. The community, where slate roofs are the norm, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009. Rodgers Forge Elementary and Dumbarton Middle School are rated 10 out of 10 and 9 out of 10, respectively, by
  • Glen: This northwest Baltimore neighborhood is often overlooked.

    Glen is located in the northwest section of Baltimore, just south of Fallstaff  (a neighborhood I hope to write about in the near future). Glen is rich in architectural diversity:  large craftsman-style bungalows, colonials, Cape Cods and split-level ranchers.  Sprinkled throughout Glen are low-rise 1950s-style apartment complexes,...
  • Ednor Gardens: A stone’s throw.

    Baltimore has over two hundred neighborhoods, each with a personality of its own. Some neighborhoods are deserts of every description – food, opportunity, hope, and peace of mind. Still others thrive with diverse demography and a thick canopy of mature foliage. Ednor Gardens is the latter.
  • Howard Park: A tale of two neighborhoods.

    After years of being considered a food desert, Howard Park now has a major grocery store. Whatever your perceived notions of what a ShopRite might look like, put that aside and visit this one. It’s nice. Just browsing the aisles, I notice a gourmet-shop array of olive oils.
  • Buying into Woodberry. 

    Every neighborhood in Baltimore reminds me of somewhere else I’ve lived.  Parts of Loch Raven Boulevard remind me of Elysian Fields in New Orleans.  Wyman Park reminds me of a bucolic section of Midtown Memphis near the Brooks Museum of Art.  Fells Point is a...
  • After Freddie Gray, now what?

    This is not the kind of post I wanted to write.  I would have preferred writing about neighborhoods, businesses, and activities that, in some way, impact real estate.  But given recent events I am impelled to deviate from that path. On May 1, 2015, six...

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