The city of Baltimore, Maryland forms the demarcation line between the Piedmont Plateau and the Atlantic Coast, which gives the city aspects of both geographies. Founded in 1729, Baltimore's location on the Patapsco River at the inner reaches of Chesapeake Bay catapulted it to prominence in the Caribbean sugar trade. Nearly three hundred years later, Baltimore is still a major player in the shipping industry, though education and health care are also big draws for new residents who are looking for jobs. Baltimore is currently home to more than 636,000 people of all races and backgrounds. Given that the city is only about 80 square miles in area, this leads to a high population density.
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Baltimore's high population density means that a lot of its housing options are in multi-family or high rise buildings, with single family homes mostly being leftovers from yesteryear. Some of Baltimore's high rises, such the Baltimore World Trade Center, are the work of famous architects from around the world. The Trade Center is credited to I.M Pei, while other buildings are part of the portfolios of Mies Van Der Rohe, Benjamin Latrobe, and John Russell Pope. Oriole Park is known as a prime example of the Retro Park style while the Bank of America Building is a combination of Mayan Revival and Art Deco styles. Commerce Place is a rare example of Postmodern architecture.
Downtown and the Inner Harbor are home to most of these buildings, which are all commercial in nature. It's only recently that residential housing has arrived in these areas. Residential apartments tend to be congregated in the Northern and Southern parts of the city while the historic single family homes are usually part of the neighborhoods in Central Baltimore. Reservoir Hill has some prime examples of Victorian mansions and brick row houses, but many are sadly run down. However, Bolton Hill has managed to retain its tree-lined charm and 19th century housing in good condition. Mount Vernon was once home to the city's more affluent people, a distinction that is now awarded to Northern Baltimore neighborhoods like Roland Park and Cedarcroft.
A house in Baltimore is on the whole much cheaper than a house in greater Maryland, seeing that housing values in the city trail the Maryland average by nearly $200,000. The cost of living in the city is around the national average, however, so with such reasonable housing prices (for example, the average price for a house or condo is only $207,000) you could do quite well for yourself here.
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