The Bolton Hill neighborhood, a historic area in midtown Baltimore, Maryland lies approximately one and one-half miles northwest of the Inner Harbor in zip code 21217. It is bounded on the south by Dolphin Street, on the west by Eutaw Place, on the north by North Avenue, and on the east by Mount Royal Avenue.
Bolton Hill is an amazingly-intact collection of late 19th-century homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood also boasts churches, public buildings, urban parks, historic fountains and monuments that complement its period architecture.
Tranquil, tree-lined streets boast three- and four-story townhouses; most homes enjoy exterior garden spaces and are single-family residences, although a number have been divided into rental apartments or condominiums.
Rental units are largely occupied by young professionals and university students, usually from the Maryland Institute College of Art and University of Baltimore. The area is considered hip and artsy, despite its historic designation, and attracts a mix of residents of all age groups, races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles, making it one of the most diverse and accepting neighborhoods in Baltimore. It’s also very pet-friendly.
The neighborhood is within easy walking distance of the State Center station on the Baltimore Metro Subway and the University of Baltimore/Mt. Royal and Cultural Center stations on the Baltimore Light Rail.
Baltimore City’s students and their parents have their choice, from pre-K through high school, of public, private, parochial and charter schools. Although many elementary schools are zoned geographically, a growing number are becoming schools of choice. All high schools are choice schools and all middle schools will have that status in 2010-2011, although some do have admission criteria. Charter schools and Transformation Schools have lotteries for admission.
Bolton Hill also offers opportunities nearby for higher education at both the undergraduate, graduate and technical education levels. The seventeen colleges and universities within or near the City enroll more than 120,000 students.