20 Neighborhoods Five-star Ratings Part 2

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Live Baltimore has given 20 neighborhoods five-star ratings. In 20 Neighborhoods Five-star Ratings Part 2 we cover the second half. The ratings are based on six criteria: active parents’ group, great school options, room to grow, walkability to shops and restaurants, affordability, and number of kids in the neighborhood.

Gondol said the criteria was developed from 18 months of research, parent focus groups and surveys to determine which neighborhood characteristics are most highly valued by families. As a result, the list doesn’t include some favorites such as Roland Park, Cedarcroft and Ten Hills.

Here is the second half of the list:

  • Keswick – is a residential neighborhood mostly surrounded by, and sometimes considered a part of, the Roland Park neighborhood. The Roland Park Company purchased most of the land surrounding what is today Keswick. By 1915, Roland Park had been largely completed the company looked to purchase the Allen L. Carter property between St. Mary’s Female Orphan Asylum and the Stony Run stream. During the 1920s and 30s the Carter property was developed into a small residential neighborhood with Keswick Road being used as the namesake for the new area. Today the area is known for popular local restaurants, Miss Shirley’s Cafe, The Evergreen, Alonso’s/Loco Hombre, and Roland Park Bagel Company. Lake Evesham
  • Lake Walker – Charming, quiet, affordable, beautiful neighborhood with tree-lined streets, located on the northern boundary of the city, just east of York Road. Lake Walker also includes the area known as Chinquapin Hollow on the even side of Chinquapin Parkway, overlooking the Chinquapin stream valley. In 1900, most of what is now Lake Walker was part of the Fisher Farm. There were a few rather grand houses along Walker Avenue and York Road.
  • Locust Point – the neighborhood is entirely surrounded by the Locust Point Industrial Area; the traditional boundaries are Lawrence Street to the west and the Patapsco River to the north, south, and east. It once served as a center of Baltimore’s Polish-American, Irish-American and Italian-American communities; in more recent years Locust Point has seen gradual gentrification. The neighborhood is also noted as being the home to Fort McHenry.
  • Madison Park – A small sliver situated between Bolton Hill and Upton, Madison Park includes grand historic row homes, large religious buildings, and open community spaces. A predominantly Jewish neighborhood at the turn of the century, Madison Park later became one of the city’s first black middle class areas.
  • Medfield – this neighborhood is located to the north of the trendy Hampden neighborhood and south of affluent Roland Park neighborhood. Part of Medfield, sometimes referred to as “Lower Roland Park,” was built on the grounds of the Medfield Academy, a 19th-century prep school. It continues to be a desirable and comparatively safe neighborhood for blue-collar and middle-class families.
  • Mid-Govans – The neighborhood is located in North Central Baltimore City. The neighborhood features many different housing types, trees and a neighborhood park at DeWees and borders the historic York Road, known first as an Indian trail, then as an important commercial road and turnpike linking the rich farmlands of Baltimore County and Pennsylvania with the City and the Port of Baltimore and finally as the urban corridor we know today.  The community was originally called Govanstowne, named after William Govane. Govane received a tract of land from Frederick Calvert, the 6th Lord Baltimore.
  • Mid-Town Belvedere – Midtown-Belvedere is oftentimes confused with historic Mount Vernon, but is, in fact, a separate neighborhood in Baltimore City. Home to mostly renters, it’s very popular among the students from the University of Baltimore, the Peabody and those who count on Penn Station for commuting.
  • Reservoir Hill – Reservoir Hill has some of the best examples of Victorian, italianate and empire style homes in Baltimore. The housing stock features a wide variety of nineteenth century architecture, including ornate Victorian mansions overlooking the Druid Hill Park, brownstones, and the smaller brick rowhouses that characterize much of Baltimore
  • Upper Fells Point – “Upper Fells Point is a 19th century community nestled between Fells Point, Butchers Hill and Canton.  Upper Fell’s Point originally was a residential section that was developed between 1845 and 1855 for German and Irish immigrants who had come to work at the docks in Fell’s Point.

Last week we covered the first ten neighborhoods. LiveBaltimore has a nice interactive map of all the neighborhoods here.

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