South Baltimore: Federal Hill & Locust Point

Federal Hill is an attractive choice for those who seek all the urban amenities in a more compact, accessible area.


Welcome to Federal Hill & Locust Point!

A family-friendly neighborhood with easy commuting access and a wide range of available housing.
Just like the name suggests, Federal Hill is nestled on a hill just south of bustling central Baltimore. It was established during the Colonial period and is home to a rich, varied history and culture. Federal Hill is also a popular entertainment location, with shopping and dining areas in proximity to the residential areas, which makes living in Federal Hill an attractive choice for those who seek all the urban amenities in a more compact, accessible area. Similarly, Locust Point is a quieter section of the city but attracts many families who love the parks, waterfront views, and tree-lined streets of row homes.
Federal Hill was a defensive stronghold during the War of 1812 and replica cannons sit atop the neighborhood’s namesake hill in honor of its role as a military outpost. Now, Federal Hill and Locust Hill are characterized by historic brick row homes and numerous locally-owned shops and restaurants. They are home to both newcomers and families that have lived here for generations who stay for the picturesque architecture and city entertainment amenities.
Nowadays, single-family row homes are the most popular real estate opportunity here; this is a prime section of Baltimore to invest in!

What to Love

  • Family-friendly, lots of newcomers moving here
  • Easy commutes to Washington D.C, Baltimore, and points South
  • A diverse range of homes here for sale in size and price

Local Lifestyle

Federal Hill and Locust Point have a higher price tag than some other neighborhoods in the area so they often attract successful young professionals, couples, or families. They have a bustling and lively vibe and are extremely walkable. Many keep active by heading to a local fitness class or by running down along the waterfront promenade.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

A great neighborhood for eating and drinking, for sure! Two great spots are Limoncello and Brendali both feature authentic Italian fare and are popular for a dinner with that special someone or a group of friends. The Outpost is a buzzy spot to catch the Ravens game or meet up for happy hour while Blue Agave has some of the best margaritas in the city. Mother’s Grille is an institution here as well as Nick’s Fish House for your fix of Maryland crabs. In Locust Point, try Iron Rooster, 1157 Bar & Kitchen, or Barracuda’s for casual spots that have their own “regular” crowd.
The nearby Southside Marketplace and McHenry Row have a bunch of convenient shops and eateries for Federal Hill and Locust Point residents including a popular Harris Teeter grocery.

Things to Do

Enjoy the spectacular view of downtown while casually strolling through Federal Hill Park or another one of the area’s green spaces like nearby Riverside or Swann. During the warmer months, you’ll almost always find a street fair happening in the heart of the neighborhood surrounding the historic Cross Street Market, a 19th-century marketplace (recently renovated) with plenty of modern-day eats and drinks including Ceremony Coffee Roasters, the Atlas Fish Market and a popular indoor/outdoor restaurant called the Watershed.
Must-sees in Federal Hill include the American Visionary Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Federal Hill is also located right next to Locust Point, where Fort McHenry calls to history buffs. Art aficionados will appreciate the number of independent art galleries in this neighborhood, including Crystal Moll Gallery, School 33 Art Center, and Tradestone Gallery. To pick up local keepsakes and gifts, head to SoBotanical, Phina’s Fine Linens & Gifts, The Book Escape, Pandora’s Box Boutique, and Cheese Galore & More.
On the third Thursday of each month, visit Federal Hill galleries and shops for Federal Hill Third Thursdays; those participating will offer specials, refreshments, and great deals!
A great seasonal event is the Annual Blues & Jazz Festival in Federal Hill which also boasts a Kid’s Zone for the youngsters’ enjoyment. Any proceeds for the festival support neighborhood initiatives. Another is Flicks From The Hill on Thursdays in July and August; residents bring blankets and folding chairs and catch free films on Federal Hill. Flicks from the Hill is sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum, and admission into the museum is free on these days starting at 5 p.m. Other great seasonal events include the Riverside Park Concert Series and of course the 4th of July Celebration at Fort McHenry. 
The Greater-Baltimore region offers a diverse range of public and private schools to meet everyone’s needs. We recommend doing your research if education is important to you since there are so many options in the area!, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) are great starting places. As you’ll find with many schools in Maryland, lacrosse is king and the area is home to many collegiate lacrosse stars.

South Baltimore: Federal Hill & Locust Point
South Baltimore: Federal Hill & Locust Point
South Baltimore: Federal Hill & Locust Point
South Baltimore: Federal Hill & Locust Point
South Baltimore: Federal Hill & Locust Point
South Baltimore: Federal Hill & Locust Point

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