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Old 12-13-2020, 07:57 AM
 
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Hi All,

I recently moved to Maryland from Los Angeles and have been staying in Pasadena, MD but I LOVE being in the city...hence why I want to move! I've been to Baltimore a few times and it just seems like more of my vibe with all of the local restaurants, bars, museums, etc. I also LOVE the look of the row homes...which I just put in an application for one in Charles Village.

Here's my dilemma...I drive a Mercedes and although the place comes with a parking spot in the back...it's open and it sits in front of an alley-way. The back door is also in the bedroom...which is a bit frightening...but I LOVE the place haha.

Sooo...I need advice please. What does the crime look like in this area and do you think I'll be fine? What are some safety measures people are taking to protect themselves and/or their property? I've read through a few threads that mentioned Charles Village...but they were mixed reviews. Some say it's bad...some say it's a safer area. I just thought I'd create my own thread to see if I could get different opinions. Thank you for your time and valuable information...it's much appreciated!
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Old 12-13-2020, 04:42 PM
 
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Some areas of Charles Village are safer than others. The areas bordering Johns Hopkins University will be safer than the areas bordering Greenmount Avenue, and the areas bordering 33rd Street will be safer than the areas bordering 25th Street. That said, if you really want to be safe, stay in Pasadena. No area in Baltimore City is safe.
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Old 12-13-2020, 09:02 PM
 
Location: On the Beach
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Charles Village is not safe, a lot of transients, a stone’s throw from high crime neighborhoods. Another consideration should be, due to the endless turn over of rental units due to JHU proximity, bed bugs have been a big problem in Charles Village for decades now.
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Old 12-13-2020, 10:27 PM
 
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Mickster gets Munched?
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Old 12-14-2020, 09:34 AM
 
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Charles Village is a hot area at the moment. Real estate is brisk. There's a growing interest in living in CV as permanent residents, so it's not just JHU students and transients who live there. The farmer's market is great, there's a wonderful neighborhood vibe, there's restaurants and stores within walking distance, you have the charms of urban living but plenty of greenery and trees. I see nothing but continued growth for the neighborhood.

But you will still be living among transients and students. I recently looked at a house on Guilford Avenue that was nicely renovated but I noticed to one side was a group house of JHU students and the other side was yet another shared house, and I passed. But that's me. And the house sold within two days of listing.

Regarding crime, yes, there's a decent amount of petty crime. Burglaries, the occasional car theft. As Charles Village's gentrification continues, the bad areas are pushed further away, but there's still your robberies and muggers that do require a decent amount of street smarts. I can't give you any guarantees regarding your Mercedes. It may get stolen, it may not. If the car is a newer model and important to you, look for a building that has a monitored parking garage. Some of the apartment buildings in the upper part of Charles Village have them.
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Old 12-14-2020, 12:18 PM
 
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The further from Greenmount the better off you are.. Neighborhood Commercial areas in Baltimore are often challenged unfortunately. I think CV is a nice area... but alleys are alleys... They become avenues for near do wells to check car doors and sheds.. If you jump on RING or Nextdoor you will see some of the challenges that occur with off the alley living. If you can build a garage for your car or do a half garage where you have a garage door/fence on the alley side but your yard is completely walled off from the alley just no roof... May help some along with a motion camera with light that would let you know if the wall is breached....

I think due to COVID and the holidays things may likely get worse in terms of petty crime... but since most are working from home you may likely not have someone break in... I dont think their have been many home invasions..but keep your fingers crossed... GOOD LUCK
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Old 12-14-2020, 02:13 PM
 
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You can find the JHU Homewood Campus crime log for the period between 10-12-20 and 12-11-20 at this link:

https://security.jhu.edu/_template-a...dCampusLog.pdf
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Old 12-14-2020, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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don't go out after dark..you'll be fine..and don't forget to lock all three deadbolts on each of your entry doors at night..
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Old 12-14-2020, 11:18 PM
 
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I always get a kick out of the preference for areas in the city that you can't walk out of your house at night and not feel safe. (I still don't get what's down there, wait vibrancy )

Charles Village is not up and coming. It's been popular for a while! As Wood said get away from Greenmount. What a dump!
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Old 12-15-2020, 07:06 AM
 
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I always get a kick out of the preference for areas in the city that you can't walk out of your house at night and not feel safe. (I still don't get what's down there, wait vibrancy )

Charles Village is not up and coming. It's been popular for a while! As Wood said get away from Greenmount. What a dump!
Tell that to all the Hopkins students and young people living there....

It's certainly up and coming compared to ten years ago. While never a bad area, there's more going on for it compared to the past. There's a momentum. Quite a bit of gentrification and renovations in lower Charles Village and the overlap with Remington.
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