Pigtown Chosen as a Live Baltimore “One Over” Neighborhood

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Live Baltimore Release:

Live Baltimore Announces the City’s Next “One Over” Neighborhoods
Organization launches new website offering a guide to Baltimore’s diverse communities 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABALTIMORE, Md. (August 21, 2013) — Last year, Baltimore City gained 1,100 new residents, marking the first year in six decades the city increased in population. Today Baltimore continues to be recognized as one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States and was ranked seventh in Zillow Research’s Top Ten Buyers’ Home Markets. Live Baltimorea 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiding homebuyers, has long been an expert on the city’s 250 neighborhoods. As homebuying season moves into high gear this summer, Live Baltimore is announcing Baltimore’s next “One Overs” for the 2013–2014 year: Washington Village/Pigtown, Reservoir Hill, Waltherson and Highlandtown.

Live Baltimore has found that sought-after neighborhoods correlate with a higher number of home sales than other neighborhoods. Canton had more than 400 units sold from 2010 to 2012 and Hampden had more than 120 units sold. Whereas up-and-coming neighborhoods, such as Live Baltimore’s “One Overs,” are considered neighborhoods in the top 25 percent in number of residential sales and the number of renovation permits, as people move to the area and restore more properties. These “One Overs” are often times, but not always, adjacent to more well-known areas and offer more affordable home prices ranging from $100,000 to $181,000.

A strong proponent of the advantages that Baltimore City neighborhoods have to offer all ages and lifestyles, Live Baltimore offers a number of resources to homebuyers, current residents and visitors. To make these resources more user friendly and accessible, Live Baltimore is paving the way for other U.S. city living organizations who wish to be the go-to resource for their citizens by introducing a new website that aligns with the organizations revamped mission.

The new Live Baltimore website offers Baltimore residents a hyper-local guide and personalized experience to help enhance life in the city. Among the new features are:

  • The Neighborhood Know-It-All Program: This program matches up current residents of Baltimore neighborhoods with those new to the area, as well as neighbors looking for the best food, activities and other area highlights.
  • Customized Interactive Map: This feature locates community pocket parks, farmers’ markets, gardens and co-ops, among other attractions. Refocused to be community based, this local map displays mass transportation routes like Charm City Circulator stops and lists the Walk Score® and Transit Score, as well as neighborhood associations and organizations.
  • Financial Incentive Section: This section offers details on tax credit opportunities, loans, energy rebates and additional resources for current city residents whether they own or rent. This area of the site also offers convenient filters to help narrow down more than 50 available incentives applicable to the user.
  • A mobile app: Slated to launch soon after the website, this mobile app will allow users to pull up a neighborhood profile for the neighborhood they’re in through GPS technology.

“We are passionate residents of and advocates for the city of Baltimore, and we are thrilled that our new website helps to bring our mission to life: to help people find a place they can call home in Baltimore,” said Steven Gondol, executive director of Live Baltimore. “Current residents and potential homeowners alike can find a hub of resources, get to know neighbors and discover new opportunities and pockets of their neighborhood they’ve never seen before—ultimately instilling a deeper sense of civic pride for our community.”

For more information on Live Baltimore and the many resources the organization offers to residents and guests of Baltimore, visit the new website at www.LiveBaltimore.com

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