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Old 03-14-2010, 08:21 PM
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Hi everyone,

I'm planning on moving to Baltimore in June to be part of the Baltimore City Teaching Residency program. I'm 24, and have been working in Minneapolis since I graduated from the University of MN. My boyfriend and I are moving out there together, and we are really excited about being in living somewhere new, but were looking for some advice as far as where to live.

I have visited Baltimore once before (for my interview) and spent some time exploring Mt. Vernon. I really liked the area, and I've heard that it is pretty decent as far as safety and crime goes. I really want to live in a fun, busy area with lots to do and see by foot. Is Mt. Vernon the best neighborhood for us to live in by this description? We are looking to spend about $1000 a month on rent for a 1 bedroom.

Other suggestions are welcome- I have only spent a few days in Baltimore and therefore know very little about the area aside from what I have read on the internet.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:36 PM
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Mount Vernon will be a great choice, I would call it the top choice for what you're looking for. I would also mention Hampden (enough going on to keep you busy) and Charles Village (linkage to Johns Hopkins University, for better or worse). As a teacher you might get advice to take a look at Miller's Court - a building specifically designed for/marketed to teachers - which would give you decent access to both those neighborhoods, but with not too much immediately adjacent except for a good music club (The Ottobar).
Miller's Court

As young newcomers some will point you towards the walkable waterfront neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Fells Point, and Canton. If your interest is mainly barhopping, the singles scene, and enjoying the water then these might be decent fits. But you'd struggle to find a 1BR in your price range, and it looks like you're beyond the singles scene.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:36 PM
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thao, stick to Mt Vernon, at least for your first year or two. it's got the best value for your dollar without sacrificing relative safety, and has alot to do in a very short walking distance. otherwise, ask your fellow coworkers where they live. once you're here in town and here to stay, you'll discover all the other nice neighborhoods within Baltimore or the suburbs. you'll do fine and have a great time!
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