Discover Hampden: Baltimore’s Hidden Gem

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What was once a working-class mill town in north Baltimore has evolved into a lively, eclectic neighborhood that radiates city pride. Hampden, which gained its fame from John Waters’ movies, such as Hairspray, was named one of “The 12 Coolest Neighborhoods in America” by

What makes this Charm City neighborhood so incredibly, well… charming? For starters, its main thoroughfare, 36th Street (known to locals as simply “The Avenue”), is home to myriad art galleries, museums, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques.

The neighborhood is also known for its farmer’s markets, food trucks and overall walkability (thanks, in large part, to the convenient Woodberry Light Rail Station). Plus, folks from near and far flock to its annual HonFest, Hampdenfest (a showcase of local art, music, food and flare!) and Miracle on 34th Street.

Hampden also boasts a prime location… Just five miles north of downtown Baltimore, the unique neighborhood offers close proximity to popular attractions like Maryland Zoo and the famed Inner Harbor as well as notable nearby schools, including Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Towson University.

New construction in the area is rare, but if you want to call this charismatic neighborhood home without having to renovate, visit Hampden Square, which offers beautiful brand-new townhomes with 2-car garages and optional rooftop terraces!