April 7, 2017 - Neighborhood Tour
On the final Friday of every month, Live Baltimore heads out of the office and into one of Baltimore’s 277 neighborhoods. Each month, we love what we find! March was no different.
March’s Final Friday walking tour took us to the nearly southern-most part of Baltimore: the Brooklyn neighborhood—a relaxed, conveniently located community close to downtown, main thoroughfares, and the waterfront.
Brooklyn resident, Jan, welcomed us into her lovely home to start the morning with coffee and discussion about Brooklyn’s history, its strengths, and why it’s a pleasant, affordable option for homebuyers. Residents passionately explained some of the benefits of life in Brooklyn: amazingly affordable home prices (average sale price of $52,156!), ample green space, and waterfront access.
While Brooklyn’s industrial history lives on in the waterfront, there is also plenty of recreational space. We heard about alcoves like Masonville Cove, providing space for hiking, kayaking and exploring nature throughout its 120+ acres of restored wetlands, nature trails, and bird sanctuaries.
The morning’s steady rain was no match for our umbrellas as we set out on a walking tour, hopping puddles and chatting about the neighborhood’s amenities. On our way to the gorgeous and soon to be renovated Garrett Park, we saw homes of all kinds: rowhouses, detached homes with welcoming porches, and even a block of “green” environmentally friendly homes.
We stopped at Marie Farring Elementary/Middle School and were inspired speaking with Principal Ben Crandall whose positivity and dedication is driving attendance in huge numbers. They soon hope to expand the school to provide more opportunities for students.
Brooklyn’s convenient location, friendly residents and affordability make for a wonderful city living option.