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Why Baltimore? The Mainstream Travel Press is Paying Attention

Our coverage of the Baltimore City market continues as we look at what others are saying about our neighbor to the north. There’s been a surprising number of travel-related magazines and online media talking up the city recently and hot spots to visit. It gives anyone in DC a few targets to check out when you have a free weekend day.

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine (travel) calls Baltimore #1 on their list of “6 U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017.” The travel-themed list include Milwaukee, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Fort Worth and Detroit. Here’s what they had to say about a visit to Baltimore. It’s a great look at what is “beyond the Inner Harbor.” The full read is here.

To know Baltimore is to venture beyond its overcrowded, often underwhelming Inner Harbor area. Head east of the tourist traps, and you’ll find Fell’s Point, a quaint, sett-stone neighborhood dating back to the 1760s. Its imposing Recreation Pier building, once an early 20th-century destination for social events, has been converted into the stately, 128-room Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, the lovechild of Under Armour founder (and Maryland native) Kevin Plank and Montage International—here, you’ll find rooms lined with warm wooden millwork and the odd leather settee, plus water views. Throw in the hotel’s Rec Pier Chop House, helmed by chef Andrew Carmellini, where you and a friend can tuck into a 28-day dry-aged Porterhouse, and you’ve got your evening cut out for you. Plus, Baltimore’s bike share program launched last October, making it all too easy to find yourself in the city’s Little Italy, where a plate of pasta at Café Gia and a fresh cannoli from Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop are just within reach. Looking for a day trip? Try the Guinness Brewery, which will open in the nearby town of Relay come October.

The New York Times rolled out their own Baltimore coverage recently under their “36 Hours” travel section, covering what to see and do in a 3 day stay in the city. They’re saying “Charm City has raised the charm quotient, with hip cocktail bars, coffeehouses and a quirky historic appeal.” Kudos to the Times for also going beyond the Inner Harbor. Their review of 3 days in the city covers where to really get a crab pizza, the best community arts spaces & museums to see, and where to find the freshest dinners and late-night spots. Check it out.

“Taking a look at where to eat, where to relax and where to spend your time is a great way to get a real picture of Baltimore City beyond its attractive real estate prices,” said Gerard DiRuggiero, Principal Broker of UrbanLand Company. “The City offers a fine, urban environment at the neighborhood level when you focus in and really look at what there is to offer. Take a look and then circle back to the REALLY attractive real estate prices. We’re here to help!”

In terms of real estate prices, the City is off to a strong Spring start.

Drawn in by low real estate prices compared to DC? Baltimore’s a huge market with a lot more geography to cover. Don’t know where to get started? “Real estate is still location, location, location. If any developers want to join in our next trip up to the city to look at sites, just let us know. We’re up there often and love being ambassadors for the city! We can show you quickly how to make sense of the market up north as a developer.” Call Gerard at 202.759.4114 or email him at to get started.

If you’re a home buyer and interested in moving to Baltimore, we can help! Here’s our upcoming list of DC area Free Home Buyer Workshops, held at our DC offices at 913 Florida Ave. NW. Just let us know you’re coming in and tell us you have an interest in Baltimore!

Expect more Baltimore news to come from UrbanLand Company! We have our own special Baltimore Blog for those who want to follow what’s going on, and news hits our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram constantly.


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