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August 5, 2009

Hidden-gem nomimations thus far

I asked you to tell me about hidden-gem neighborhoods in the Baltimore metro area, nice places off the popular radar where homes typically cost less than $250,000. You've collectively nominated 44 -- all but a handful in the city -- that you think fit the bill.

Here's the nomination list as it stands now. Is a worthy neighborhood missing? (Or did I somehow miss your nomination?) Add it in the comments. (We still have no nods for Harford County places.)

I'll soon be going through the list myself, so -- last call.

In Baltimore City:

Coppin Heights/Greater Rosemont
Ednor Gardens
Frankford Estates
Greenmount West
Hamilton Hills
Historic Union Square
Howard Park
Lake Walker
Locust Point
Morrell Park
Old Goucher
Original Northwood
Patterson Park
Seton Hill
Upper Eutaw/Madison
Upper Fells Point
Villages of Homeland

In Anne Arundel County:

Bay Highlands 

In Baltimore County:

Annen Woods
Perry Hall  

In Carroll County:

Reservoir Ridge   

In Harford County:

no neighborhoods nominated

In Howard County:

The Village of Long Reach 


This list doesn't include the nomination for Silo Point because it's a condo tower, not a neighborhood, and isn't under-$250. Plus, I don't think it's particularly hidden. (Nice try, though, Baller.) Also not included is a nomination for a neighborhood in Cambridge on the Eastern Shore, which isn't in the Baltimore area.

Some of the neighborhoods above might not meet all the guidelines, but I'll be looking into that soon enough.

Want to read the nominations? They're mostly here, with a few here and here.

Posted by Jamie Smith Hopkins at 7:00 AM | | Comments (27)
Categories: Hidden-gem neighborhoods


Loch Raven Village / Knettishall in Towson, Baltimore County.

In Bel Air the neighborhoods of Majors choice, or harford woods, or shamrock (the area bounded by route 22 on the south and east, hickory avenue on the west, and lee way on the north). Great starter homes less than a half mile from Main Street, mostly brick ranchers and some duplexes.

Baltimore City - Windsor Hills

Brewer's Hill

Baltimore City/County line: Kensington. Designed as a trolley neighborhood in the early 1920s, bounded by Wilkens Avenue, Beechfield and Our Lady of Victory school grounds.

+1 for Hamilton. With the additions of Clementine and Hamilton Tavern to eat, and new shops like the Heart of Hamilton, it is moving in the right direction.

ah, yes... the hidden gem that is brooklyn park.

Hi there, adam -- is that sarcasm or a nomination? (I hate to assume.) Brooklyn Park isn't on the list, in any case. Brooklyn is -- that's in the city. Brooklyn Park is in Anne Arundel County.

Brewer's Hill has attractive residential streets, prevalent parking, proximity to popular Canton, and you can buy a garage townhome in move-in condition for $230K. (I know ... I have one listed for sale.) The 1-mile commute to the Hopkins main or Bayview campuses doesn't hurt, either.

I think Constant Friendship II, built around 2003, is a hidden gem in Harford County. Easy access to major retail services and I-95, as well as within walking distance of pristine, natural, Winter's Run.

Union Square/Hollins Market
An area that had rightfully earned a bad rap, but is getting better and better each day.

Brewers Hill is a great hidden gem. I lived there for a couple of years and had great neighbors and plenty of parking. You can also walk to canton square and tons of other restaurants.

Brewer's Hill is a gem of a neighborhood. We have all the fun of Canton, but non of the parking headaches or intoxicated frat boys.

Coldspring Newtown: just off 83 and Coldspring to convenient to everything; low crime; great pool; cool architecture; great neighbors (lots of Hopkins people and Sinai staff); in the fabulous Mt. Washington Elementary/Roland Park Middle School zone.


What is wrong with Brooklyn or Brooklyn Park? I hear the area of Cherry Hill is a wonderful place. (sarcasm off)


Mayfield is a superfine neighborhood. Beautiful Homes, lakeside setting, close to downtown, cool restaurants nearby.....don't miss it!

I'd nominate Washington Hill, the neighborhood immediately south of Johns Hopkins Hospital, which has been a stable, well-kept neighborhood for many years.

Brewer's Hill is a great neighborhood. I bought a home in the neighborhood 7 years ago when I could not afford the prices in Canton. Best decision I ever made, this neighborhood is fantastic!

Owings Mills New Town is great!
Metro access, low crime, close to great shopping, convenient to 695/95, not too far from the airport.

I hate to be a party pooper, but how do Lutherville and Perry Hall qualify for "being under $250K"? Both the average and the median sale prices in those areas are over that threshold. Yes, there are occasional homes that sell for less, but I would think that in itself should not be enough to qualify.

I'm sure there are at least several nominated neighborhoods that don't qualify based on price, John. I'll be doing a price check.

The Residences at Bulle Rock is right above your price point in Havre de Grace, however, we have attracted many visitors from Ft. Monmouth and other BRAC relos.

Abell Neighborhood (in NE Charles Village)

Before prices dropped the Abell neighborhood was probably at or over $250K but Zillow seems to think we've dropped below that now.

Either way it's a great neighborhood, with iconic porches, small front and back yards, a pocket park with swings, small kids, and a summer movie series, walking distance to at least two grocery stores and a half-dozen restaurants, very friendly neighbors, and the best farmer's market in the City (IMHO).


When will you be doing an article about the hidden gems? Be sure to give some Harford County places a chance. Thanks! Keep up the great work on here, its a cool source of info.

Hi, Mike -- I never thought it'd take this long, that's for certain, and it's going to be even longer. ETA is now November, for various reasons that I'll explain once we get there.

I'm glad you're interested! And don't worry, I'm looking at every Baltimore-area jurisdiction.

How about Arbutus? Really reasonable housing prices, close to downtown, good access to mass transit, decent sized lots and homes, a downtown you can walk to with restaurants, grocery store and a movie theater, good sports programs for kids, and schools that are improving!

Hi, Tracey -- thanks for the nomination, but this is an old post. Last call was in August. I'll be revealing the hidden-gem neighborhoods next month.

Stay tuned.

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Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
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