North Central Baltimore is home to the vibrant neighborhoods of Ednor-Gardens-Lakeside, Waverly Village, Charles Village, Remington, Barclay, and Old Goucher
Ednor Gardens-Lakeside was once part of the 500-acre estate of General Samuel Smith, Revolutionary war hero, Congressman, Senator, and Mayor of Baltimore. Close by was a stone quarry and brickyard, which provided building materials for an early generation of Baltimore row houses. The brickyard gave way to a wooden stadium in the 1920s which in turn was replaced by Memorial Stadium in 1954. The Baltimore Orioles moved to the newly built Camden Yards downtown, and Memorial Stadium eventually came down. The Y of Central Maryland, a new community school, and beautiful senior housing buildings were built in it’s place.
The houses consist of English style row homes, with distinctive architectural styles varying from block to block. Stonework on the side of many of the larger houses define the neighborhood, along with the spectacular assortment of sunrooms, back porches and front porches. Ednor Gardens-Lakeside is a suburban community in the center of the city.
Waverly is just to the West of Ednor Gardens-Lakeside, filled with renovated former estates, quaint summer cottages, single frames, and duplexes and solid daylight brick homes on tree-lined lanes and broad boulevards. Tall trees and open green spaces preserve Waverly’s legacy of meadows, pastures, streams, and woodlands uphill of the port city.
Waverly is located within one mile of several schools, including Johns Hopkins University and City College high school, and within three miles of several public parks, including the famous Sherwood Gardens.
The main corridor of 33rd Street hums with city life. Residents flock to the Waverly Farmers Market, open Saturday all year, for locally sourced food. Waverly Main Street, designated as a National Historic District hosts over 100 shops, services, and restaurants as well as the newly constructed librar
Charles Village & Harwood
Charles Village is located to the East of Greenmount Ave. Most homes boast a small yard in the front of the residence, a leftover extravagance from the late 1800s. Originally termed Peabody Heights, the community adopted the name of Charles Village in the 1960s. Charles Village contains the smaller neighborhoods of Harwood.
The housing stock of Charles Village is the most diverse in Central Baltimore. Small, recently renovated rowhomes are plentiful and located close to schools for young families. Large, historic looking apartment buildings are filled with Hopkins students and professionals alike. Residents in spacious three story rowhomes painted in eclectic colors – such as the famous “Painted Ladies” – enjoy large front porches.
There is a wide range of restaurants lining North Charles Street and St. Paul, speckled with a mix of Hopkins buildings, places of worship, and small businesses. These lively corridors make Charles Village an exemplary walkable community.
On the eastern point of Central Baltimore lies the growing community of Remington. This neighborhood was originally home to textile plants but as the neighborhood grew other industrial businesses took over. Remington is rapidly transforming to be a center for modern urban living. Comfortably-sized rowhomes line the streets with front porches filled with neighbors and friends. Vibrant three-story rowhomes sit next to coffee shops and restaurants.
Seawall Development converted vacant spaces and older homes to new apartments at R. House and a new restaurant incubator and professional space at Remington Row. Smaller restaurants and cafes such as Sweet 27, the Dizz, and Charmington’s serve as community gathering spaces. New businesses are popping up every day from custom terrarium shops to edgy hair salons.
Barclay & Old-Goucher
At the Southern tip of Central Baltimore lies the tight-knit communities of Barclay & Old Goucher. Old Goucher, as evidenced by its name, was the original site of the Baltimore area college. The streets are lined with beautiful 19th century architecture marvels such as Lovely Lane Methodist Church. The buildings left over from Goucher’s presence give the area a Victorian feel. The popular three story brick homes are nestled among the businesses.
Barclay hugs Old Goucher and holds a coveted position of close proximity to Penn Station. Originally home to the German immigrant community and Large Victorian houses, Barclay has grown into an economically and racially diverse neighborhood.
Today, the neighborhood continues to grow as several large scale projects, including an $85 million development of vacant lots and row homes by the Telesis Corporation, bring more residents into the neighborhood while providing new housing and amenities for current residents.
Because of the dedication and collaboration of residents and developers, Barclay boasts of a beautiful park and a new community center, named after the longtime resident and advocate Nate Tatum. Barclay is a center for change, with new, customizable homes being built daily.