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  Union Square | SoWeBo | Historic Neigborhood in Southwest Baltimore, MD | 
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Union Square — Close to the Heart!
     The old saying goes “Home is where the heart is!” – and Union Square is a great place to call home. Another fundamental is “Location, location, location!” Union Square is Baltimore’s BEST location!
     The heart of the city offers diverse and lively events: cultural, social, dining, and sports – just to name a few. Appealing as these features are, living in the heart of the city is a very different thing – there are issues of traffic, restricted parking, cramped quarters and noise. That’s the beauty of having a home in historic Union Square. “Close to the heart” with none of the drawbacks, Union Square is a cosmopolitan mix of residential comfort and urban excitement.

Union Square — Baltimore’s BEST location!
     Less than a mile from Camden Yards – the finest baseball stadium in the land – the Union Square/Hollins Market Historic District is situated on the rich historical ground of Southwest Baltimore (known to locals as SoWeBo). The Inner Harbor, B&O Railroad Museum, Ravens Stadium, and University of Maryland-Baltimore are all within walking distance. A public golf course is nearby, next to the newly-renovated Montgomery Park office building. Access to I-83, I-95 and the MARC commuter train to Washington D.C. are minutes away.
     An uncommon synergy prevails in the neighborhood as residents, both longtime and newly-arrived, work together through various committees and forums to enhance the area’s quality of life. Toward that end, Union Square is also actively engaged in outreach with other nearby neighborhoods and non-profit groups. This historic neighborhood, one of Baltimore’s friendliest, is marked by pre- and post-Civil War architecture, period street lamps, brick sidewalks and stately row homes.

     ||||| The e-version of the neighborhood newsletter details coming events and issues of interest.
     ||||| The web site has listings of local schools, places of worship, maps, etc.
     ||||| For those considering a move to Union Square, there are home buying incentives including several tax credit programs. For more information, click here.
     ||||| For current residents, there are data for home repairs and rehab programs.
Explore the site and click on the links to discover the variety of resources.

     Named for the graceful park at its center, Union Square is a diverse urban setting – home to art galleries, artist studios, and a B&B (The 1870 Guest House) overlooking the square. A few other highlights include:
     ||||| “The Sage of Baltimore” H. L. Mencken's lifelong home is at 1524 Hollins St.
     ||||| The Neighborhood Design Center, whose mission it is to assist in building better communities, is housed in the former No. 2 Pratt Library building (now beautifully restored) at 1401 Hollins St.
     ||||| Viva House, a Catholic outreach center is at 26 S. Mount St.
     There are a variety of regular neighborhood recreational events. To see details, click here. As you explore this site, you will find an assortment of tourist attractions. Walking tours of historic sites are available.

Union Square

Real Estate
On the Square and on nearby streets, spacious three-story row houses predominate. Most are pre- and post-Civil War Italianate in style, but there are many examples of Early Victorian Greek Revival and Late Victorian Romanesque Revival. A majority of the homes have ten- to fourteen-foot ceilings, tall distinctive windows, wood floors, and plaster walls. Exteriors are brick and mortar facades with attractive cornices and marble steps. On the side streets and alleys there are an additional variety of charming two-story and two-story-with-attic rows. House prices range from $50,000 to $500,000.

For more info, click here.

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Union Square Map & Driving Directions
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