Neighborhood Spotlight: Bolton Hill combines city convenience and historic charm

  • The gray home at 1307 Park Ave. is the former Bolton Hill home of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, where they lived while Zelda was getting mental treatment.
The gray home at 1307 Park Ave. is the former Bolton Hill home… (Algerina Perna / Baltimore…)
October 07, 2014|by Samantha Iacia | For the Baltimore Sun

Location: Central Baltimore City, less than two miles northwest of the Inner Harbor. The neighborhood is partially bounded by North Howard Street and Mount Royal Avenue to the east and Eutaw Place to the west.

Average property listing price: For sales between January and July 2014, prices ranged from $80,000 to $416,000, with the average price being $233,000 for a 1,400-square-foot unit, according to Wayne Curtis, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Advantage Realty.

Size and population: The nine-by-five-block area is home to approximately 2,000 residents, according to boltonhill.org.

The history: Some larger homes in Bolton Hill date back to the Revolutionary War, though much of the residential development didn't begin here until the mid-1800s.Through the early 20th century, Bolton Hill appealed to city workers who found its row homes, mansions and cottages easy to access using horse-drawn trolleys that ran through the neighborhood.

Intricately landscaped boulevards and medians are a nod to the community's Victorian roots, while numerous war monuments, sculptures and fountains add to Bolton Hill's lengthy list of historical significant features. Woodrow Wilson, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sen. Paul Sarbanes are just some of the notable past residents. The neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

What's there: "The quality of the housing is amazing," Curtis says. "The convenience to the rest of the city is also unparalleled by any other city neighborhood without the accompanying congestion."

While Bolton Hill is less commercialized compared to neighboring Mount Vernon, it retains an eclectic charm. The Maryland Institute College of Art and its student dormitories are here, along with an array of arts and cultural establishments nearby, including the Lyric Opera House and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Artscape, the country's largest free arts festival, is held just east of the neighborhood for three days each July and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Why Bolton Hill: "It's a neat and fascinating neighborhood," says Steve Howard, who moved here 10 years ago and is the president of the Mount Royal Improvement Association. He says Bolton Hill's multiple parks and community events, like street festivals and an annual crab feast, encourage residents to know their neighbors. "Anyone who comes to Bolton Hill should find it easy to fit in."

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