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Old 08-14-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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Hi all. This is my first post, though I've been lurking and reading for over a year.

I live in Severn at the moment and while it's not too bad, when my lease is up at the end of the year I would like to move somewhere better. I have a cousin that lives in Baltimore proper, in the Riverside Park area and I do really like it there. You can walk down to the neighborhood pub, walk to the grocery store, etc, and for Baltimore it's a pretty low crime area. Unfortunately it's very expensive, although from time to time I find foreclosures in the area for great prices. Considering that I'm about to be single again (long divorce almost done), I would like to live in a big city and enjoy city life and all the social stuffs that comes with it. Plus I have plenty of friends in Baltimore and I'd like to live closer to them, as well as the other members of my band.

My concern is the crime. From what I've read on here I can still expect my car to get broken into at some time and possibly my house vandalized or robbed. I'm not too comfortable with that - although I also would like some people to chime in on that. I've read all kinds of opinions on here from the super negative to the I-have-blinders-on positive, so I would like to request some more middle of the road opinions, what I would hope would be more accurate and not exaggerated.

I don't want to rent, I prefer to buy. I'd like a rowhouse, and I'm okay if it needs a bit of work (which many foreclosures do, unfortunately). My preferences are Federal Hill, Riverside Park, and possibly Fells Point or similar areas if they are safe enough. I have done research and I've spent a decent amount of time in the city at all times of day and night, I just want to do as much research as I can before making a big decision like moving. I want to be happy with my move.

I've also considered moving to Columbia, since I've read plenty about how nice it is. But it's pricey and I would like to live in a big city at this time in my life, so I dunno.
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:12 PM
 
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I guess I should have put this in the Baltimore sub-forum, haha. Whoops.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:03 PM
 
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I have lived in both areas, and I enjoyed my time in South Baltimore. I lived very close to Riverside Park and was there for 5 years. I was in my early to mid 20s and had a great time. I never had a problem with crime, though I know several people who have (things like car window smashing or getting jumped late at night).

There are some characters walking around, but overall I think the area has continued to improve. If you like city living and are bored where you're at, I say go for it. There are probably still some good deals to be found. Also check out Locust Point; it's a neat area and is generally very safe.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply. It's the crime that worries me. I might be just sensitive to crime since I grew up in a small town where crime was unheard of, but I just seem to read so much about the crime here that it's got me concerned about moving there. Oh the other hand, my cousin (who grew up in a city and is probably used to more crime) who lives in that area absolutely loves it, and Baltimore in general. If my car gets broken into that's fine, I just don't want to get jumped and I don't want my house broken into. I do know how to conduct myself in a big city, also. Fortunately my car is very bland and boring, so hopefully no one would want to steal it, haha.
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