Edgemere – Baltimore, MD

Just 20 minutes southeast of Baltimore, Edgemere brings you straight to the coast, providing beautiful views of Chesapeake Bay. This pleasant residential neighborhood gives locals plenty of ways to take advantage of Maryland's beautiful bay, whether that means kicking back with a drink under the sun at the local tiki bar or packing a picnic lunch to enjoy with the family on the beach.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Situated along the bay that made Baltimore known for its seafood, Edgemere residents know they don't have to travel into the city to enjoy some of the freshest crab cakes Maryland can provide. Head down North Point Boulevard to find a number of low-key establishments to unwind in after a long day's work, or up to the point along Millers Island Boulevard to dine while you take in the view. Great for a casual night out with friends, Costas Inn serves Edgemere locals a number of classic seafood staples with particular attention to flavor. Order the crab cakes or Maryland crab soup for something familiar, or get the crab imperial stuffed lobster tail for a Costas Inn signature dish. The Inn stays open late, so be sure to take advantage of the full bar service while you're there. Located near Edgemere's eastern point along Cuckold Point Road, The Dock of the Bay seats patrons near wide windows or underneath the covered outdoor seating with a view of the Chesapeake while you feast on some of the finest seafood the bay can provide. Order the loaded dock fries for a great twist on a filling snack, with steak fries covered with bacon and scallions. Not in the mood for seafood? The sizable bourbon pulled pork barbecue sandwich satisfies even the hungriest customers. Edgemere locals often make the trip over near the bridge on Wise Avenue for the upscale atmosphere and savory dishes served at the Seasoned Mariner. Don't miss out on the rockfish over asparagus risotto for a special fusion of Maryland seafood with an Italian favorite. Dock your boat nearby and head on over to Row Boat Willies on Cuckold Point Road to mingle with local socialites under the sun. The mellow atmosphere within the two-story bar makes for a great place to relax, and the friendly staff love to make recommendations from their extensive craft beer selection to ensure you find the drink you're looking for.

History & Culture

Sparrows Point and Edgemere were a collection of marshlands belonging to Native Americans until the land was granted to Thomas Sparrow in 1652 by the second baron of Baltimore. The area remained largely rural until an engineer began designs for a deep-water port for the Pennsylvania Steel Company in 1887. As a result of this development, Sparrows Point contained the world's largest steel mill by the middle of the 20th century. The steel mill and various shipbuilding and repair sites attracted many workers to the area, causing Edgemere to grow into the residential community it has become today. Head northwest into Dundalk to visit the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society & Museum if you're interested in uncovering more of the area's local history. Examine the collection of documents and artifacts or get involved with the historic society to assist in preserving these historic items for future residents of the area.

Transportation

Interstate 695 runs centrally through Edgemere, providing access west across the Francis Scott Key Bridge or north for easy access into Baltimore and the greater surrounding area. In addition to services such as Uber and Lyft, a variety of Baltimore taxi cab services provide transport to and from the greater Baltimore area, though hailing a cab in Edgemere can be difficult, so call ahead if you plan to use one. Public parking is available for free on many of Edgemere's side streets and residential areas, as well as in parking lots beside most businesses. The majority of major roads in the area lack a designated biking lane, and Edgemere's distance from other nearby towns and the city of Baltimore means residents rely on an automobile to get most places. The Maryland Transit Administration provides locals with bus stops in northern Edgemere along Wise Avenue and North Point Boulevard.

Cost

Edgemere's cost of living averages 11 percent higher than the city of Baltimore. One month's rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the area averages out to $835 per month. A 24-hour pass useful for a bus trip into downtown Baltimore costs $3.50, and pints at local bars costs around $5. Gas prices for the area sit around 3 percent beneath the national gas average.

Shopping

While a number of grocery stores and convenience stores can be found along North Point Road and North Point Boulevard, most residents head northwest into the nearby town of Dundalk for local department store and shopping mall needs. Food Lion and 7-Eleven make up the local grocery options. Baltimore's southeast side contains a number of hidden gems and specialty boutiques which Edgemere residents can pick through. 2910 On the Square over on O'Donnell Street brings back many frequent customers for the continuously rotating selections of collectibles and unique gift ideas you can't find anywhere else. The in-store selection remains relevant with coming holidays and provides gifts for all types and age ranges, including infant onesies, pet toys and a number of Baltimore-centric gifts. While you're in the city, head over to Poppy and Stella on South Broadway to browse the racks for a new pair of shoes. Poppy and Stella retains an extensive stock of seasonal shoes, boots and sandals to cover all styles and price points, including a number of designer brands. Don't forget to check out the selection of jewelry while you're there. Head into downtown Baltimore for Maryland's largest producers-only market. Open between April and December each year, the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar fills Holiday and Saratoga streets with dozens of vendor stalls each Sunday selling some of the freshest ingredients and homemade arts and crafts in Baltimore.

Parks

Overlooking Chesapeake Bay, North Point State Park makes the perfect place for Edgemere locals to come and escape into nature. Bring the family dog along on a scenic walk through the winding hiking trails. Cyclists and skaters can make use of the extensive paved trails, and fishermen should check out a few of the popular fishing spots throughout the park. Bring the family along to enjoy a day at the beach or curl up with a quiet book in the restored trolley station which now serves as a public pavilion providing beautiful views of the bay. Open the first weekend in May each year, the Towson Town Spring Festival draws in crowds from all over Maryland and beyond to celebrate in the sun as part of Maryland's largest outdoor festival. Catch a set from one of more than 40 live performance acts or try some local food from the more than 450 vendors that turn out each year.
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