Invest in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood. Located in the 21211 zip code in Baltimore Maryland and sandwiched between the prosperous Hampden and Charles Village communities, Remington is a centrally located neighborhood in Baltimore City where you can still purchase a home for under $115,000.
There are four main factors contributing to the renewed interest in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood; the expansion of the neighboring Johns Hopkins University community to the north, the 11-acre commercial development known as 25th Street Station to the east; Druid Hill Park to the south, and the success of the Hampden community to the West. The sleepy Remington neighborhood is finally at the right place at the right time. Now is the time to invest in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood.
Most of the residences in Remington are row houses built in the 12 years that followed World War I. This bygone era was a time of industrial expansion in Baltimore and Remington served as a bedroom community for workers from the Jones Falls mill center. For today’s buyer this means that some of the homes can seem outdated. The good news is that the real estate in Remington was built to last. So if the house needs a 21st century upgrade you’ve got an excellent foundation in most cases. The small scale means that the houses in Remington make great starter homes. You can purchase your first home in Remington and then easily rent it out at a profit when you are ready to move on. I also like the idea of buying the row house next door and combining properties to have modern layouts.
There are two food-based businesses in Remington that seem to embody the gritty and sweet spirit of the neighborhood better than anything else. This first is Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes.
The second is The Paper Moon Diner, which is arguably the best neighborhood restaurant in Baltimore. It’s famous for having décor that is teeming with toys. You can get your comfort fix here from early morning to late night. The Paper Moon Diner was recently featured on the Travel Channel as a top Baltimore destination. I am very fond of their vanilla milkshakes.
More evidence that now is the time to invest in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhoodis the Crestmont Loft rental apartment building next to The Paper Moon. This property was designed with Johns Hopkins undergraduates in mind.
I became knowledgeable about Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood after my best friend moved here last year. Remington has a lot of interesting side streets that should be explored on foot to see hidden treasures. Don’t merely rely on Zillow or Trulia, you need to get a lay of the land first hand. When you walk the streets you’ll notice people say “hello” and alleys are kept neat and tidy.
Some streets are smaller than others. The interior streets are a step-back in time. Pride of ownership is evident. Most houses either have a front or back porch. In the evening sitting on my friends’ porch we are greeted by neighbors and alley cats.
The best neighborhood bar is The Dizz which is known as “Baltimore in a Bar”. I end up here a couple of times a year, usually to celebrate a friend’s birthday. If you want to open your own restaurant in a trendy yet affordable urban location Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood is a good bet. There are interesting commercial properties awaiting redevelopment at some of the best prices per square foot in central Baltimore.
Murals crop up in a number of Remington locations. The most famous is The Alligator Mural on 28th Street by Baltimore’s own John Ellsberry.
The Greenmount School K-8 in Remington Baltimore contributed a great addition to the collection of community murals. This school is a real vote of confidence in the viability of the neighborhood. In their own words Greenmount is an “independent school in Baltimore that features a challenging, theme-based curriculum. Students are taught by caring, thoughtful teachers who collaborate to provide a dynamic and encouraging learning environment.”
If you do plan to invest in Baltimore’s Remington neighborhoodyou’ll want to join the Greater Remington Improvement Association which is an independent resident based group that provides an open forum for the development and discussion of Remington community issues and neighborhood improvement initiatives.
The word has already got out that Remington is a good buy for real estate investors. These boarded up row houses on Remington Ave sit awaiting their next chapter. I appreciate that street art has been used to keep the block positive while it is in transition.
Whether you are looking for a starter home, a house to renovate and flip, or a turnkey upgraded property. Now is the time to invest in Baltimore's Remington neighborhood.
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