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Where to Retire in Baltimore and Home Prices

Dubbed as the "City of Neighborhoods", Baltimore is divided into nine geographical districts that include commercial districts and those that offer residential, medical, universities and cultural opportunities. The National Association of Realtors reports the median price of a home in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson area was $300,900 in the third quarter of 2018. Zillow lists the median home value in Baltimore to be $116,300 in late 2018. Location is important and plays a role in the price of homes.

What is special about Baltimore

Also known as "Charm City", Baltimore has an interesting history and is the largest independent city in the United States, not being part of any county. Throughout the city are architecturally significant buildings in a variety of styles from over two centuries, and is home to some of the earliest National Register Historic Districts in the country. Made up of several districts and neighborhoods, Baltimore offers many cultural venues, universities, medical centers, and dining choices. Major league baseball (the Orioles) and football (the Ravens) are played here, and the second race of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, has been held in Baltimore since 1873.

What is not special about Baltimore

Baltimore has a very high crime rate. Fans of the TV series "The Wire" have seen a side of this city that wouldn't want to make them retire here.

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 36 degrees, and July's average is 81. The annual snowfall is about 26 inches.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Baltimore is known for its Maryland blue crab and crab cakes, and has many restaurants in or around the Inner Harbor. Many of the city's neighborhoods have popular restaurants, including Fells Point, considered the foodie area for tourists and home to the oldest continuously running tavern in the country. In 2015, Zagat ranked Baltimore second on a list of the 17 best food cities in the country. Culturally, the town has much to offer including historical sites, and boasts more buildings on the National Register than any other U.S. City. The biggest tourist attraction is the National Aquarium, and there are many art museums, along with three arts and entertainment districts offering events, programs, and festivals.

Crime

Baltimore has a very high crime rate, and as in every large city, there are neighborhoods that are much safer than others.

Medical facilities

Baltimore offers all types of health care; Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center are located here.

Transportation

Transportation is not a problem around Baltimore as there is a public bus system, and a water taxi services the Inner Harbor. There is also an International airport and an Amtrak train station here.

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