While the Hospital does not provide on-campus housing for house staff, there are numerous attractive and affordable places to live within easy commuting distance. Throughout the City, many older neighborhoods, some dating back to 1799, have been carefully restored and now offer a diverse mix of housing types to rent or buy. For those who prefer a more suburban environment, there are many residential communities within 20 minutes of the Hospital.
Fells Point, just south of the Hospital, is one of the few remaining urban waterfront residential communities on the East Coast. The rowhouses and apartments of neighborhoods such as Butcher's Hill and Canton provide exceptional views of the harbor and city skyline.
South and west of the city, the historic neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Otterbein and Ridgeley's Delight have undergone extensive renewal in recent years and now offer a charming mix of rowhomes and apartments, both old and new.
Mount Vernon, an elegant community of streets lined with restaurants, shops and galleries, is the cultural and historic heart of Baltimore City. Once the home of such notable figures as Emily Post and George Peabody, Mount Vernon today offers a variety of historic townhomes, modern high-rises, condominiums and apartments.
Bolton Hill, to the northwest, recalls Baltimore's Victorian era with stately 19th century brownstones and tree-lined streets.
The neighborhoods surrounding the main campus of the Johns Hopkins University present an eclectic mix of students, professionals and families. Housing ranges from the brownstones, rowhomes and high-rises of Charles Village to the garden communities of Roland Park and Homeland. A shuttle service runs daily from the University to the medical campus.
Farther north and west of the city, but still within easy commuting distance are the communities of Towson, Mount Washington and Pikesville which offer a wide variety of housing, including high-rise and garden apartments, townhouse complexes and single-family homes. Housing information and up-to-date listings of houses and apartments for rent in the Baltimore area, can be obtained from the Housing Officer, Ms. Ann Snead at (410) 955-3905.
Baltimore is a spirited city - a unique blend of historic charm, ethnic heritage and urban vitality. In the midst of a sweeping renaissance that has brought a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Baltimore has retained the distinctive flavor of its past as a port city on the Chesapeake Bay.
The nationally acclaimed Inner Harbor is the center-piece of the City's renaissance. Surrounded by such landmarks as the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the U.S.F. Constellation and the Baltimore Maritime Museum, the Inner Harbor is a water-front showcase featuring shops, restaurants, harbor cruises and a variety of activities year-round. Summer brings a splash of colorful festivals celebrating Baltimore's cultural and ethnic heritage. The highlight of the season is the City Fair, said to be the largest urban festival in the world.
Fort McHenry, birthplace of The Star Spangled Banner, offers a glimpse of Baltimore's past, as do the B&O Museum, which celebrates the inception of the railroad, the Maryland Historical Society, Peale Museum and Carroll Mansion. Visits to the homes of Edgar Allen Poe, Babe Ruth and H.L. Mencken provide a look into the lives of some of Baltimore?s most famous citizens.
Baltimore's cultural scene is as diverse and lively as the City itself. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The elegant Lyric Opera House, the Peabody Conservatory and the outdoor stages of Merriweather Post Pavilion, Pier 6 and Oregon Ridge play host to every musical taste from classical and jazz to country music and rock.
Theater-goers will find the bright lights of Broadway at the Morris Mechanic Theater. Center Stage, the City's outstanding repertory company, as well as the Theater Project, Arena Players and numerous dinner theaters offer a wide variety of entertaining productions from classic and contemporary to modern dance and experimental performance works.
For lovers of the visual arts, the renowned Cone Collection of early 20th-century works by Matisse and Picasso is housed at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Walters Art Gallery holds a magnificent collection of Oriental, Egyptian and European art and artifacts. Exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art and numerous private galleries around town make for a lively contemporary art scene.
Sports fans enjoy the Super Bowl Champion Ravens, Orioles baseball, and the Blast indoor soccer team along with the yearly Governor's Cup yacht race on the Chesapeake Bay. The Preakness, second jewel in the triple crown of horse-racing, is run each year at Pimlico Race Course. Hopkins lacrosse, Navy and University of Maryland football and basketball also enliven the local sports scene.
AMTRAK services Baltimore at the newly renovated Penn Station, five minutes from the Hospital. There is frequent service to Washington, D.C. (30-minute trip), Philadelphia (1.5 -hour trip) and New York (2 .5 -hour)./ The Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI) is 15 minutes from the city and offers a full range of national and international flights daily.