Highlandtown, Greektown and Bayview

Working-class families with deeply rooted Italian, German and Polish heritages, a burgeoning Hispanic community, and a new urban creative class form the patchwork neighborhood of Highlandtown. A rowhouse neighborhood adjacent to Patterson Park, Highlandtown was once home to Eastern European immigrants and working class Baltimoreans who worked at thriving manufacturing and port jobs along the Inner Harbor. New generations of these families still call Highlandtown home, but in recent years Highlandtown has also welcomed Hispanic immigrants and urban professionals and artists, thanks to its designation as an arts and entertainment district. Highlandtown residents can walk to farmer’s markets, shops, restaurants, libraries, nightlife and parks, making it ideal for urbanites who embrace the convenience and abundance of city living.

Highlandtown sits on a hill that slopes up and east from Patterson Park. Its side streets, some of which offer panoramic views of the downtown skyline, are lined with classic Baltimore rowhomes, built in the 1920s. The neighborhood is steps from Patterson Park and Fells Point and adjacent to the Canton and Patterson Park neighborhoods. Highlandtown’s “Main Street,” a busy corridor called Eastern Avenue, is the hub for many new and longtime businesses. Since 1943, Matthew’s Pizza has served Baltimore’s best deep-dish pizza. Newcomer North Pole Ice Cream scoops globs of rich ice cream in a funky bright blue building. High Grounds supplies a coffee buzz to creative types who frequent neighboring Creative Alliance at the newly restored Patterson Theater. The Creative Alliance offers an original and funky arts and entertainment experience and classes for artists, writers, musicians and children.

A short trip from Highlandtown, through Baltimore’s Greektown, takes you to Bayview. The neighborhood, called Joseph Lee on the city map, adopted its name from its proximity to the John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. A mix of young professionals, families and Johns Hopkins Bayview employees call this neighborhood home.

The neighborhood features neat streets of brick porch-front rowhomes, many of which feature front yards with beautiful landscaping that overflows with colorful flowers in the springtime. On warm nights, neighbors sit on their porches and greet neighbors.

On Bayview’s north border sits Joseph Lee Park, which hosts Baltimore Sport and Social Club games and is a destination for neighborhood dog walkers. To the east of the neighborhood is the exit to Interstate 95, making Bayview a convenient home for those commuting to Washington DC or the outlying counties. Sitting on the border of the city/county line, Bayview is a quick drive to the suburban amenities of Baltimore County. A shopping complex with a new warehouse-size grocery store and restaurants sits along Bayview’s eastern border. A nearby Home Depot serves the area’s do-it-yourself home renovators. Within the neighborhood is a new café and deli called J.C Romero, which serves hot panini and other treats to residents.

Helping keep Highlandtown and Bayview healthy, dynamic and diverse is the Southeast Community Development Corporation. A certified housing counseling operation, it also guides buyers to homes and works with community associations to plan and promote popular events, such as the Highlandtown Wine Festival.