(Home in leafy Baltimore neighborhood)
If you would've asked me 10 years ago would I ever live in Baltimore, I would've told you heck no! It's funny how life throws you curve balls. It's been three years since I moved from DC to Baltimore, and so far Charm City isn't so bad. Due to astronomical housing prices I know many a folk who've considered making the same move up to B'more, so I'm gonna breakdown for you a few reasons why you should do it.
1) Housing prices, duh! It costs too much to live in DC, and as a young person you'd like to be able to foresee yourself owning a home one day, and I mean a real home, none of that $350k for a lackluster condo crap. In B'more you can get a nice 3 bedroom renovated home in a good neighborhood for under $250k, and for $350-400k, my goodness, you can live like the Cosbys.
2) The food. DC food tastes like crap! Sorry Washingtonians, but it's the truth. Your city has many great things to offer, but food ain't one of em'. Baltimore on the other hand, has several finger lickin' good establishments. Just typing this has got me feenin' for some GYPSY QUEEN! (More on Gypsy Queen in a later post, for now just know they make the BEST crabcake known to man.)
3) Diversity in housing stock and neighborhoods. One of the things I like most about B'more is it's architectural diversity. It's got cute little craftsman bungalows, awesome victorian brownstones, fabulous Dutch colonials, and vintage tudors just to name a few. Can you believe all these cuties are in one city?
(Lake Walker Neighborhood)
(Bolton Hill neighborhood)
4) Baltimore is on the come-up. When many outsiders hear the word Baltimore, the first thing they think of is The Wire. While it's true there are some very impoverished, neglected, and crime ridden parts of the city, that's not the whole face of the town. There has been a newfound appreciation for all the city has to offer as of late, and for the first time in decades Baltimore saw it's population increase. At the same time there's been a crazy number of developer home renovations going on, that have been bringing older Baltimore homes back to their former glory. You better hurry and buy-in while prices are still affordable!
7) Stunning gardens. Spring time is absolutely beautiful in many parts of Baltimore. Residents in many neighborhoods take their gardening serious, and it shows. When May comes around, scenes around the city are simply breath taking.
"Your city does not impose a cost of living upon you. You get to choose both the city in which you live, and how much you spend once you get there." ~Mr. Money Mustache