February 2, 2018 - Event Recap
On Saturday, Jan. 27, we hosted the Winter 2018 Trolley Tour at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Hundreds of homebuyers flocked to the event to learn about Baltimore neighborhoods.
Trolley Tour participants, vendors and volunteers can all agree that the Winter 2018 Trolley Tour may have been the best Buying Into Baltimore event to date. We welcomed more than 430 prospective Baltimoreans who were revved up to experience everything the Trolley Tour had to offer.
Every Trolley Tour is full of valuable information and this one was no different. Neighborhood associations, lenders, real estate professionals and vendors were eager to meet our guests. Our workshops and panels were chock-full of helpful tips and information for anyone who was thinking about buying, maintaining or renovating a Baltimore City home.
Prospective homebuyers had the opportunity to participate in a narrated bus tour of up to twelve southern neighborhoods and visit two open houses. Even hip-hop and R&B radio personality Porkchop from 92 Q (WERQ-FM/92.3) stopped by to take the tour. He was amazed to see the townhomes in Washington Village/Pigtown.
"I've been [in Baltimore] all my life and I swear I've never seen anything like it," Porkchop said. "The houses beside the B&O Railroad Museum made me feel like I was in a different world."
Porkchop wasn't the only one who was stunned by Baltimore's beautiful houses.
Tiffany Taylor, who attended the tour, said she had a lot of fun while learning a lot of information.
"And I saw a lot of great houses in neighborhoods we didn't know existed," said Tiffany Taylor.
In addition to touring more than a dozen neighborhoods by bus, event participants were able to meet people who actually live in some of Baltimore City's 278 neighborhoods. Representatives from more than fifteen neighborhood associations filled the event's Neighborhood Room to share their stories about city life. The bulk of them represented neighborhoods that surround UMB; although northern neighborhoods like Waltherson, Lake Walker and Ednor Gardens-Lakeside attended as well to attract new neighbors and friends.
Steve Holt, Vice President of Ednor Gardens-Lakeside Civic Association said his neighborhood is very residential but remains to be close to various amenities.
"I like going to Lake Montebello with my dog and ten-month-old son and walking around the track," Holt said.
Jessica Kupper has been a Baltimore resident for over fifteen years. She's lived in a variety of neighborhoods, but she said Original Northwood is her favorite.
"Out of all the neighborhoods I lived in Baltimore, this has the most communal feel," Kupper said.
Additionally, her neighborhood's diversity is something she views as a selling point.
"Original Northwood has a variety of homes with a variety of price points," she said. "That allows you to have diversity in many different ways - not only race and ethnicity, but socio-economic status."
In addition to getting the scoop from industry experts and hearing from local residents, Live Baltimore volunteers were able to chime in with their own perspectives. Lauren Moloney-Ford said she enjoyed helping with the bus tour portion of the event.
"It was great to show people around the city," she said. "The open houses were phenomenal."
Blair Skinner has volunteered with Live Baltimore for the past five years and is always impressed by the number of people who are interested in learning about Baltimore. Her favorite part of the event is that she's able to share her insights with potential new neighbors.
"It's an incredible experience that awards us the opportunity to meet a great number of people who live inside and outside of Baltimore," she said. "It's always gratifying to express why we love the city and why others should buy into Baltimore."
Many volunteers felt that event participants were extremely eager to see what Baltimore has to offer and were inspired by the energy of the event.
Kim Hiner, another Trolley Tour volunteer, said her heart was warmed by hearing that people admire Baltimore.
"I love hearing the excitement in people's voices when talking about this city," she said. "They seem very interested in learning about incentives and taking the tour. This is a great place to volunteer and I look forward to coming every year."