European glamour in Baltimore Maryland, nonsense you say?
Discover Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Designated as a national landmark historic district, this mid-town community is bursting with cultural resources and incredible nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture.
Legendary citizens of Baltimore lived in this neighborhood including Edgar Allen Poe, Wallis Warfield Simpson Duchess of Windsor, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. When my buyer clients are in search of a walkable neighborhood with sophisticated amenities, Mt. Vernon is always a compelling option.
European glamour in Baltimore Maryland lives at The Walters Art Museum. Internationally renowned for it's extensive collection of art amassed by William Walters and his son Henry Walters who built a fortune in the railroad industry. The building is modeled after a European palazzo. Treasures abound at The Walters from all over the world; Egyptian antiquities, Renaissance paintings, Medieval artifacts, Japanese ceramics and much much more. The best part? The museum is free.
Directly across from the Walters you'll find The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. I tend to think of it as Baltimore's Julliard. This music conservatory is in the heart of Mt. Vernon's neighborhood. In addition to a core curriculum for students, Peabody offers a preparatory for community members. My sister took piano lessons here for years usually taught by accomplished pianists from St. Petersburg Russia. You'll see musicians carrying their instruments as they head to class. Peabody is a great place to hear a classical concert or recital.
This photo shows stately residences along Mt. Vernon Place, a number of which are owned by businesses and used as private clubs. One you can join to network with professionals is The Engineers Club at The Garret Jacobs Mansion. Publishing houses, architecture firms, art galleries, and law offices make use of these grand residences.
At the heart of Mt. Vernon is the Washington Monument - the first monument in the nation to America's first president built between 1815-1829. This monument is visible for miles, it's especially nice when the white marble glistens in the sun. Each December The Baltimore Office of Promotions and Arts lights the monument as Baltimore's official kick off to the holiday season.
As this is a real estate blog, lets talk numbers; residences in Mt. Vernon begin at approximately $150,000 + for one and two bedroom condo residences. (shocking right?) this means that Mt. Vernon is a great place to scoop up a pied-a-terre. Recently I've been showing off this neighborhood to well heeled Washingtonians who are looking for Baltimore real estate. Mt. Vernon is also a good place to find a furnished short term rental for people who want to try on Baltimore before buying. Most of these condos offer sweeping views of the city especially on the higher floors.
In the 300,000+ price range you'll encouter carriage houses and mews along with oversize condos in coverted churches and mixed use commerical properties.
Feeling ambitious? You can acquire a brownstone style townhouse for approximately $650,000, very often these properties have been divided into income producing studio apartments.
Want to live large? Every once in awhile a fully restored grand residence comes on the market starting at 950,000+ and easily climbing to $2,000,0000 +/-.
Truly, there is great real estate to be had at every price point in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon neighborhood.
Other reasons Mt. Vernon is a great neighborhood? It's home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Center Stage. It's walking distance to Penn Station. It has the best gay bars and nightclubs, and a plethora of fantastic dining options. Located less than one mile north of the Inner Harbor, you can walk downtown or catch a ride on Baltimore's new free transit the Charm City Circulator. That's right, you don't actually need to own a car if you live in Mt. Vernon.
European Glamour in Baltimore Maryland? Yes indeed.