Oakenshawe ZIP codes: 21218
Built between 1916 and 1925, Oakenshawe is one of Baltimore City’s earliest “streetcar suburbs,” built primarily on Henry Wilson’s former ample estate. The 337 houses were laid out in the manner of the English garden suburbs in “terraces,” using Georgian Revival building materials — red brick, gray slate roofs, and detailed moldings. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, providing homeowners with tax credit opportunities to restore their homes with historically appropriate materials. Today’s residents enjoy the cozy, human-scale of the streets, the leafy parkways and lush but small yards, and the charming architectural detail. Oakenshawe also includes a block of earlier Victorian homes on Calvin Avenue between Greenmount and Barclay streets. According to the Maryland Historical Society, Calvin Avenue was one of the first, if not the first, integrated streets in the United States. But it’s not just the cute homes that draw residents to the neighborhood—it’s the friendly, active neighbors. The neighborhood comes together for an annual “terrace party,” a Halloween Parade for children, shared snowblowers, spring clean ups, a community garden, and a “greening committee” to improve parkway trees. The Oakenshawe Improvement Association works to bring residents together for social activities and community projects. The prime location is often cited as one of the primary attractions of the neighborhood. Within just a few blocks, residents can walk to the Waverly Farmer’s Market, the Waverly Branch public library (recently remodeled), Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, the St. Paul business district, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Many bus lines and easy access to Penn Station and Zip cars puts the entire city and the metro region within Oakenshawe’s easy reach. Oakenshawe offers all the amenities of vibrant, active city living while in a small, leafy “suburb.”
- I Am A Dog Owner
- Baltimore Resident For 16 Years
What I love most about my neighborhood
I love the foodie nature of this city.
What brought me here
I came for a teaching job in 2003 with the Baltimore City Schools.