Best Baltimore Neighborhoods for Young Professionals

Best Baltimore Neighborhoods for Young Professionals

November 23, 2013 | Best Cities and Neighborhoods, Best Neighborhoods

Baltimore is a bustling city that is Maryland’s largest economic hub. From its beautiful harbor to its unique museums and rich history, Baltimore is a town that many young professionals are flocking to for a fresh start. If you’re looking to make the move to Charm City, you’ll have to search for a Baltimore apartment in the right area. Each neighborhood in Baltimore boasts its own personality and charm that sets it apart from the rest. Here are a few of the best Baltimore neighborhoods for young professionals:

Canton

Canton is one of the top destinations in Baltimore for young, urban professionals looking to explore the nightlife and even start a family down the line. Located just east of Fell’s Point, this Baltimore neighborhood has a true sense of community, which makes it a friendly area. It was settled in the late-19th century by Polish immigrants, and what were then factories are now condominiums, artist studios, offices, eateries and stores. You can find plenty of eclectic restaurants in the lively village square, along with one-of-a-kind pubs.

On your lunch break, you can let your dog stretch its legs at the off-leash Canton Dog Park, which is as much a social spot for pups as it is for people. All young professionals know that you need to blow off some steam every once in awhile, and what better way to do that than with some exercise? Head over to Kilo, where you can find personal trainers to give you an intense one-on-one workout to whip you into shape.

Federal Hill

Many people–old and young, rich and poor, professional and blue collar–call this diverse Baltimore neighborhood home. Federal Hill overlooks the inner harbor of Baltimore from the South. Because of its prime location, Federal Hill is one of the most bustling neighborhoods in the city. The community is surrounded by several landmarks, like Federal Hill Park and the Cross Street Market. You can get some of the best views of the city from the park, and it’s a great place for a workout or just a location to spend the afternoon. Bars, nightclubs, galleries, boutiques, salons and other businesses are concentrated in the corridor between Charles and Light streets.

Enjoy a nightly comedy and magic show at the Bar & Lounge or grab the neighborhood’s best burger at Ryleigh’s Oyster. Young residents often gather at The Book Escape, which is a welcoming hangout with tons of new and used books. The store offers access to extended evening hours in the summer.

Hampden

If you’re searching for a Baltimore neighborhood that is entrepreneurial and community-minded, Hampden may be just what you’re looking for. This area of the city is filled with lifelong residents as well as young artists and professionals, creating a diverse community. Hampden is only 10 minutes by car, bus or Light Rail from downtown Baltimore and this neighborhood is also nearby suburban neighborhoods.

Sip on half-price margaritas after work at Holy Frijoles or head to Fraizer’s on the Avenue, which has free pool, 45-cent wings and an open mic. Every September, residents and visitors alike can enjoy HampdenFest, which features music and art exhibits, local food and drink, a film festival and even the legendary Charm City Beard & Moustache Championships.

 

 

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