Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods. Many of these neighborhoods have colorful names that hint at the history of the neighborhood, Greektown, Butchers Hill, Brewers Hill etc. Live Baltimore has a page describing Baltimore Neighborhoods
But do you really know the true borders of those neighborhoods? There are official names for every part of the city. Often investors say a property is in a particular neighborhood that it doesn’t really belong to. A common example would be properties that often advertised as being in Belair Edison when they are really part of Four by Four. Four by Four is close but with distinctly lower property values.
One often hears the question “Where should I invest?” If I mentioned Evergreen Lawn or Northwest Community Action. Would you know where meant? I wouldn’t have until I just looked at my map. By the way Northwest Community Action is NOT in the northwest part of the city. Leave a comment if you know where it is.
The city produces some wonderful maps that are helpful to Baltimore real estate investors. The city map office is at 417 E Fayette St. (The same building where construction permits are issued.) They offer many different maps and I have three posted in my office. The one pictured above with the city neighborhoods is available in black and white or full color. As I recall the color version $54 several years ago. The black and white versions was substantially less.
I have the zip code map right behind my desk. When a deal comes through and I want a quick check where it is located, I just turn around and check the zip code. The other map in the corner is a color street map which at the time was only $5. A serious investor should have these maps but if you are new you can go to Baltimore City’s Neighborhood page.