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Real Estate Outlook 2011

01/03/2011 01:53:11 PM: Baltimore's real estate market at the close of 2010 had seen values continue to fall, inventory rise...

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Baltimore Homes in Canton

Canton has gone through quite the transition throughout its nearly two hundred years of existence. Canton was once a large sprawling plantation owned by seaman John O’Donnell. As the completion of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad neared, this area along the Patapsco River was destined for industrial growth. In the late 1800s the land was sold off to support industrial development and housing growth. Most of the row houses built in Canton took place at the turn of the 20th century, were no wider than 13 feet across, offering 2-3 bedrooms and approximately 1200 square feet of living space.

In the 1970’s and throughout the 1980’s industry began to leave Baltimore. Once flourishing neighborhoods began to see a large decrease in their population. Overall, Baltimore City saw its population loose over a quarter million people. As a result many homes became vacant, crime levels increased and this once prominent waterfront community was in desperate need of revitalization.

In the early 1990s many investors began to recognize the potential of this waterfront community. Slowly throughout the 1990s development projects began to entice a new crowd of residents into Canton. Once dilapidated row houses were stripped down to their exterior walls and rebuilt with high building materials and creative modern elements. Desolate warehouses and commercial properties were turned into new mixed use spaces, boutique shops, restaurants, bars, luxurious lofts and more.

Today the transformation of Canton continues even despite the recent real estate fallout. Canton is commonly referred to as the area around O’Donnell Square, which was named after John O’Donnell, and is home to a number of popular restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutique stores. Canton’s official neighborhood boundaries stretch to Chester Street to the west, Conkling Street to the east, Eastern Ave to the north and continuing south to the harbor’s edge. Along Canton’s northern border is Patterson Park, a 155 acre park, which is a great recreational area for its nearly 11,000 residents. Other attractions in Canton include the Korean War Memorial, Canton Dog Park, Anchorage Marina, Baltimore Marine Center and the Can Company which is a mixed use commercial center.

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