Neighborhoods in Our District 14
The Abell Improvement Association (AIA) was incorporated in 1973 as the official neighborhood association for the Abell Community.
The purposes of the Association are to:
Foster the general welfare of all residents of our community
Maintain our community’s appearance, safety, and good order
Promote cultural, racial, and ethnic harmony
Foster a strong sense of neighborliness and community spirit
Represent the community’s interest to local and state government. (from current AIA Bylaws revised and approved January 2017)
The general membership of the AIA meets quarterly – usually during January, April, July or August, and October or November. 2019 meetings are tentatively scheduled for:
Wednesday, May 1 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 20 (pot luck with Harwood) – 6:30 p.m.; location to be announced
The Executive Committee meets on the second Saturday of every month in a member’s home. Meetings are open to the public.
The Charles Village Civic Association (CVCA) works with residents, local institutions, businesses, community groups and government to preserve, improve and promote the quality of life in the greater Charles Village community.
The CVCA informs neighbors through The Charles Villager, CVCA website charlesvillage.net, CVCA e-newsletter and social media. CVCA supports community activities like the annual Charles Village Festival to build a sense of community and improve our quality of life.
Through the CVCA, we make our voices known on planning, zoning, liquor, traffic and other issues affecting the neighborhood. We help prevent crime and build community through the Neighborhood Walkers in partnership with The Charles Village Community Benefits District. We support strong schools, arts and recreation activities for our children and youth. We bring the community together through social media.
See more at https://www.charlesvillage.net/about-cvca
The Charles Village Community Benefits District (CVCBD) is a special taxing district located in a 100 square block area of north Baltimore. With a population exceeding 14,000 and with more than 700 businesses, it is home to four neighborhoods: Abell, Charles Village, Harwood, and Old Goucher (and parts of two others: Remington and Barclay) and three business associations: North Charles Business Association, Old Goucher Business Alliance and Waverly Main Street. The CVCBD provides supplemental sanitation and safety services, supports community events, recreational activities and the development of amenities such as green spaces, and promotes the district as a good place to live, work and play. Property owners pay a tax surcharge of 12.5 cents per $100 of assessed property value to help fund CVCBD services.
The CVCBD was created in 1995 following the enactment of enabling legislation by the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore and a referendum of greater Charles Village residents. A full-time Executive Director manages the staff, programs and budget. A community-based Board of Directors of up to twenty-seven members (mostly volunteers) works with the Executive and governs the organization, monitoring its programs and finances. The City of Baltimore Board of Estimates reviews the CVCBD’s annual Financial Plan and votes to approve or disapprove it; the City Council reviews the CVCBD’s performance every four years and votes on whether or not to reauthorize it for another four years.
See more at https://charlesvillage.org/about/
The Ednor Gardens – Lakeside community is rich in diversity and history. Many of our neighbors have called this community home for decades while a good amount of folks are also new to the community. We pride ourselves in creating a diverse and inclusive community for all residents, families and visitors.
Located in Northeast Baltimore, our community borders are 33rd Street in the south, Ellersie Avenue in the west, Argonne Drive and Roundhill Road to the north and Hillen Road in the east. The homes in our neighborhood vary from large and detached single families homes to semi-detached and rowhouses and apartments. We are a very pet friendly community and it is common to see families walking their dogs throughout the day.
Lake Montebello, on our community’s eastern Boarder and the source for the ‘Lakeside’ in our name, provides a wealth of recreation opportunities and connection to bike and running trails. Up until 2002 Memorial Stadium, former home of the Baltimore Colts and Ravens football teams and the Orioles baseball team, resided in the heart of the community. Now, the space is home to the Waverly YMCA and Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO). GEDCO manages senior living apartments and is planning to open a mixed used commercial center in the coming year.
Please come back and visit our website again soon for information about what’s happening in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside!
See more at https://www.ednorgardenslakeside.org/about-us
Close enough to be Downtown in only 10 minutes and far enough away to escape city life when you want. There is something for people of all ages to enjoy. Feel like getting your mind off work? Head to the 18-hole public golf course and drive your work worries away. While the children are playing at any of the five playgrounds, adults can choose from all sorts of activities like swimming, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, tennis and running track in neighboring Clifton Park. Coldstream was once home to several large estates owned by Baltimore families: Thomas Gorsuch Estate, Homestead Estates, General Samuel Smith Estates, Montebello Estate and Horace Abbott Estate. Rich in history, one of the cities most prestigious high schools, Baltimore City College, celebrating over 175 years in academic excellence is in the neighborhood’s backyard.
Welcome to the Guilford web site, the site for and about this distinctive community located in north Baltimore.
Guilford was planned by the Olmsted firm and developed by the Roland Park Company in the early 1900’s. It has stunningly beautiful architecture, community parks, streets lined with mature trees, the world-famous Sherwood Gardens, and a prime location that is a short commute to downtown Baltimore. Guilford is designated a National Register Historic District.
There are about 800 single-family homes in Guilford that range from cottages to stately mansions. In Guilford, families enjoy a quality of life and unique environment rarely found. It is a close-knit community where family and social activities reinforce lasting friendships.
Guilford’s location is minutes from the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, Loyola University Maryland, Notre Dame of Maryland University, an array of excellent neighborhood restaurants, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the City’s finest public and private schools.
The Guilford Association, Guilford’s Homeowner Association, represents the community, increasing the power of individual voices. Its volunteer board and committee members serve as liaison with City departments, address concerns of the community, coordinate communication, organize community events for all ages and most importantly, oversee and enforce the Deed and Agreement. The covenants of the Deed and Agreement assure that the integrity of the community is maintained and that the original design standards of Guilford are followed.
See more at https://guilfordassociation.org/
Founded in 1972, the Hampden Community Council consists of and represents Hampden residents. The Council meets monthly the the last Monday of the month. HCC membership is open to all residents of Hampden.
If you’re interested in the future of Hampden, please consider joining the Hampden Community Council. The HCC is a voice for everyone in Hampden–homeowners, businesses, teenagers, seniors, new-comers and old-timers. The more members we have the farther your voice can reach. Your membership fee supports our newsletter and improves our community through education, clean & green and zoning committees, to name a few. Help Hampden continue to thrive. BE HEARD, JOIN NOW!
Harwood is a re-energized small community with many new young families in addition to lifelong residents. Most neighborhood children attend Barclay Elementary/Middle School or Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School—both within easy walking proximity from any point in the neighborhood. The community is excited about the newly re-opened 29th Street Community Center (formerly known as Barclay Recreation Center).
The Harwood Community Association sponsors an annual Harwood Neighborhood Block Party, Harwood Halloween and National Night Out. Eleven of the blocks are eligible to participate in the Healthy Neighborhoods programs. We are actively partnering with surrounding neighborhoods making our community stronger. In recent years Harwood has become a commuter hub for DC workers. A one mile walk from Penn Station, residents often make the short journey together to catch a MARC Train in the morning.
See more at https://harwoodcommunity.wordpress.com/about/
The humorous name of this neighborhood comes from the serious endeavor of Mr. Charles Grandison Hoes, Jr., a farmer and freed slave, who purchased land in the neighborhood in the late 1800s and divided it among his children. This family-friendly legacy lasts in this tight-knit community, with children playing in the side streets on summer evenings and neighbors look after each other. Walkability is a key asset to this truly hidden neighborhood, with a shopping center at its Southern border, a wine shop within the neighborhood, and quiet streets on which to stroll. But quick access to the rest of the City is also easy from Hoes Heights with its proximity to I-83, Falls Road and Charles Street. A mix of housing styles, from wood-frame single-family homes to brick rowhomes to bungalows and duplexes adds to the character and style of the neighborhood.
This small neighborhood is often mistaken for Roland Park, the neighborhood which envelopes it on three sides. Keswick’s official boundaries include the 1975 development of Roland Springs, a homeowner’s association townhouse community. The northern boundary of Keswick, West Cold Spring Lane, boasts a small commercial district including several notable restaurants and neighborhood spots. The eastern half of Keswick consists of tree-lined streets of gracious single-family homes and two blocks of tudor-style attached homes. Yards and gardens are well-tended, and home sales are infrequent in this quiet neighborhood.
Mayfield truly is “a hamlet in the heart of town.” Enter its broad, tree-lined streets and you’re sure to see neighbors chatting in their yards and children everywhere you look. Springtime brings a burst of color from the neighborhood’s many azaleas, daffodils and dogwood trees. With its suburban feel, this urban neighborhood is just 15 minutes from the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton, and Baltimore’s art and theater districts in Mt. Vernon. Likewise, Mayfield is a short drive to most of Baltimore’s largest employers.
The neighborhood received its historic designation in the 1990s. Some of the homes were built over 100 years ago, but most of Mayfield’s homes date from the 1930s.
Mayfield is bordered on the south by Clifton Park and a municipal golf course and to the north by Herring Run Park. Its western border is Lake Montebello, with a 1.3 mile drive around it, Lake Montebello is a perfect recreation area for runners, walkers and cyclists. Main access roads to Mayfield are Harford Road, Belair Road and Erdman Avenue.
The neighborhood has five churches of different denominations within its boundaries.
Mayfield is a diverse neighborhood with many young families.
Professions among residents are varied as well and include: law, medical research, education, music, television, finance, real estate, technology, independent business owner, sales, law enforcement, city and state agency specialists, artists, consultants and engineers.
This area is a prized location with schools, churches, and shopping centers in close proximity. Ten minutes away are Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University, two of the largest private employers in the city.
See more at http://mayfieldassociation.org/overview/
A vibrant yet serene city neighborhood near Johns Hopkins University accessible to everything Baltimore offers. 1920’s townhouses with front porches and tree-shaded streets, Oakenshawe is an oasis in the midst of Baltimore.
Oakenshawe residents are an urbane and diverse group: young families, singles, empty nesters, retirees, long-time residents, and students. Children play in our streets and alleys on their bikes and scooters. Johns Hopkins students jog through on their way to Sherwood Gardens or the 32nd Street Farmers Market. Residents from surrounding neighborhoods enjoy walking their dogs through our leafy, cozy streets.
Oakenshawe is a friendly community that loves a good party. From the Easter Egg Hunt to the fall Terrace Party and the Halloween Parade, neighbors can be counted on to participate and enjoy the fun. Together we form a cohesive, close-knit community.
Living in the heart of Baltimore, Oakenshawe residents have easy access to Central Baltimore’s excellent restaurants & open-air cafes, assorted bookstores, beautiful parklands, the Baltimore Museum of Art & other art spaces, and an array of superb theater & music venues.
See more at https://oakenshawe.org/
The Original Northwood Association (ONA) is presided over by an elected Board of Governors. This Board of Governors is headed by the President and three other officers: Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. There are five Members at Large who each head a specific committee: Communications, Covenant, Maintenance, Safety, and Social.
The ONA tends directly to the needs and interests of the nearly 400 homes in Original Northwood, including organizing community maintenance, publishing the neighborhood newsletters, coordinating local safety initiatives, and hosting neighborhood social events. We are a volunteer organization that collects dues from our neighborhood residents on a voluntary basis.
The ONA is governed by a constitution. The Board of Governors is elected each September at our Annual Meeting. The board then represents the neighborhood in a variety of matters, including to the GNCA.
See more at http://www.originalnorthwood.org/about
GRIA is an independent, resident-based neighborhood association that:
- provides an inclusive forum for discussion of Remington community issues
- facilitates resident-led initiatives
- connects residents to local resources
- conducts advocacy on neighborhood issues
- organizes and provides neighborhood cleaning and greening initiatives, and
- directly supports our neighbors in need through housing services.
Through these efforts, GRIA hopes to retain Remington’s diversity, vibrancy, and community connectedness.
See more at http://www.griaonline.org/about/
Welcome to the first planned “suburb” community in the United States! This large, historic neighborhood spans from Northern Parkway, to the north, Falls Road, to the west, and winds along Coldspring Lane, Roland Avenue, and other smaller streets to the south and east. Roland Park includes a variety of home styles as well as many restaurants and retail spaces. Families choose Roland Park for its top-performing public school, Roland Park Elementary/Middle, or for its close proximity to elite private schools—including Roland Park Country School, which falls within neighborhood boundaries. Many smaller, adjacent neighborhoods, such as Keswick, Evergreen, Wyndhurst, and Hoes Heights are often mistaken for Roland Park, but function as independent neighborhoods. Pop across the 5000 block of Roland Avenue, into Wyndhurst, to grocery shop at Eddie’s market, grab a coffee at Starbucks, or bank at one of multiple financial institutions. Further down Roland Avenue, dine at award-winning Petit Louis Bistro or Johnny’s Restaurant (both by acclaimed restaurateurs, Foreman Wolf). Residents of Roland Park gain access to the exclusive Roland Park Pool, technically located in the Wyndhurst neighborhood.
See more at https://rolandpark.org/
South Clifton Park is a neighborhood that borders one of the cities largest public parks, Clifton Park. The park and newly renovated community center, offers neighbors and the surrounding community a golf course, baseball fields, tennis courts, and a public pool. South Clifton Park also is home to one of the Enoch Pratt Free Library branches, offering a space for neighborhood children to hang out and explore the many amenities of the library.
Tuscany Canterbury is residential in character and has no stand-alone commercial buildings. Commercial activity that exists in the district such as restaurants, cafes, and flower shops takes place inside apartment buildings. With one of the highest concentrations of multi-storied, communally owned private residences in Baltimore, the district still maintains a sense of intimacy. This reflects a successful integration of townhouses, multi-storied apartments, condominiums and cooperatives as well as a scattering of detached houses. English Style Row houses, Half-Timbered Tudor Revival style buildings, and various early 20th century revival style buildings are well represented in the district.
The district is strongly reminiscent of architectural styles from certain parts of Europe, especially England and Germany. Many of the buildings along Ridgemede and Tuscany Roads emulate a village in southwest Germany, while Cloverhill Road and part of Canterbury Road suggest an English garden suburb in the late 1800’s. The grouping of the Tuscany and Lombardy Apartments and the secluded gardens of Guilford suggest European neighborhoods close to the Mediterranean. The scale along North Charles Street is a mixture of single, detached houses, mid-rise and high-rise apartments, and condominiums.
The first Tuscany-Canterbury high-rise apartment house was the Warrington in 1927. The earliest buildings along West University Parkway are mid-rise in scale are made with brick, stucco, stone and glass. Although ranging from one to eighteen stories, the excellent proportions mollify the scale changes. The composition of row house sections and apartment and condominium buildings are interwoven comfortably with the insertion of a few institutional and religious buildings in the neighborhood.
The Waverly Improvement Association is the community organization for the part of Waverly Village which is north of East 33rd Street and south of 39th Street. The eastern border is Ellerslie, and the border on the west is Greenmount Avenue and is a registered 501-(c)-(3) non-profit organization.
The WIA has a board and officers which are elected to represent the community. Our monthly Board meetings which is open to the public (unless if a closed-door session is needed, people in attendance who are not part of the WIA Board will be notified that a closed-door session will occur) usually occur on the first Monday of the month with the exception of months that have our quarterly meetings, then the Board meetings occur on the second Monday of the month at the Waverly Library from 6 PM until 8 PM. Our quarterly general meetings are held the first Monday of March, June, September, and December at the Waverly Library from 6 PM until 8 PM.
See more at https://www.waverlyimprovement.org/about-wia/
Wyman Park is home to pedestrian-friendly tree-lined streets. You will see rowhouses typical of Baltimore, some dating to the early 1900s. From block to block, home features vary from brick bow-front styles to those with front porches—many with landscaped front yards, backyards, and gardens. Though surrounded by the park, open spaces, playgrounds, ball fields, and fresh air, our friends and neighbors prize their close proximity to shops, restaurants, sports venues, the Inner Harbor, the famous Hampden “Avenue”, the Rotunda (including Mom’s Organic Market) and centers of art and culture.
See more at http://www.wymanparkcommunity.org/