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About Hampden

Located in the northern part of Baltimore, Hampden is the type of neighborhood that gives a bold new meaning to the term "eclectic." Though the area was similar to its surrounding neighborhoods for much of its existence, the 1990s saw an influx of new residents. What followed was a period of transformation from a traditional urban neighborhood into one of the most esoteric locations you're ever likely to come across.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $199,900 to $449,900

Closed Prices: $87,000 to $575,000

Median Sale Price: $299,900

Average $ per sq ft: $228

Association Fee Ranges: $450, $0 to $155/mo, $0

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1840 to 2019

Sq. Ft.: 1840 to 2019 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 5 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 0 to 5 Bathrooms

Getting Around Hampden

Around Hampden

A typical Friday night in Hampden usually involves taking a stroll around The Avenue, the commercial center of the area that is home to many trendy boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, wine bars, and more. You can take in a lovely meal at The Food Market before grabbing a night cap at the Five and Dime. For a low-key night, head on over to Atomic Books - a place that has become such a fixture in the area that filmmaker John Waters even has his fan mail delivered there.

If you're going to live in Hampden, you should expect to see a lot of friendly locals and a lot of people making the trek into the neighborhood from elsewhere in the area. People come from all over to eat at the restaurants you can only find in Hampden, to check out local art events, and to experience the annual HONfest festival up close and personal. Hampden also has parks, colorful architecture reflective of the neighborhood's storied past, and seemingly endless new restaurant openings. Once all the tourists and sightseers have gone, you can relax with your friends and family members in the quiet and comfortable environment you've grown to love.

Baltimore in general is known for its culinary scene and if you had to mark the epicenter of this food-based revolution on a map, you could argue that it would be none other than Hampden. The culinary scene in the area is just as eclectic as its architecture, with options like Birroteca (pizza and beer in an old stone mill) and Golden West Cafe (a hub for Southwestern comfort food) rubbing elbows. You also have great little spots like Corner Charcuterie Bar, Le Garage, and 13.5% Wine Bar, just to name a few.

Hampden is one of the more unique neighborhoods in Baltimore in that "the part where people travel from all over to see" and "the part where everyone lives" are essentially one and the same. It's not uncommon to see a local restaurant like The Food Market across the street from row homes or situated beneath loft apartments. While there are dedicated streets of two- and three-story row homes that don't see much in the way of foot traffic, they're still only a few short blocks away from The Avenue - meaning that if you're going to move into the area you need to be ready to see activity all day (and evening) long.

The perfect Sunday in Hampden usually involves taking in a nice brunch at a nearby restaurant like Woodberry Kitchen, followed up by an afternoon of either strolling around the neighborhood or sitting on your porch for a relaxing afternoon. If you're feeling in the mood for something a little livelier, you could also take the short trip to the south into the Inner Harbor or hop on the expressway and head into Baltimore County to the north. Hampden is the perfect center point between the two, meaning that at any given moment you're very close to literally anything you could possibly want to do in Baltimore.

Locals Love

  • Strolling through The Avenue
  • Quiet, comfortable, artsy environment
  • Lack of chain restaurants and retail

Locals Don't Love

  • Parking
  • Constant foot traffic

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