Hollins Market- Home to Baltimore’s Oldest Continually Operating Market

The Hollins Market neighborhood is anchored by long time Hollins Market, which is Baltimore’s oldest existing public market. In 1838 the market was rebuilt after a fire and expanded in 1864. The neighborhood has long been considered one of Baltimore’s most promising neighborhoods because of its proximity to the University of Maryland, Baltimore Medical Center, and Downtown. A slow rise in real estate values and renovations has likely been occurring since the 2000s. But Hollins Market was not as hard hit by blight and disinvestment as other surrounding West Baltimore neighborhoods. Baltimore Avenue, and the neighborhood’s western and eastern edges suffered the most disinvestment. Hollins Market has been building it image more recently thanks to the Sowebo Arts and Music Festival which draws hundreds of art and music lovers to the district every Memorial Day Weekend. Increasingly more and more students, young families, and professors have moved into the district.

From an urban perspective Hollins Market is mostly in tact and excels at solid walkability, great public transit access, good density, moderately price for sale product, good park, retail and cultural amenities, and attractive historic architecture. To be a great urban district Hollins Market needs better bike infrastructure, better ADA curb cuts, more rental options (esp. 1-beds), several key retail amenities, more walkable schools, and a stabilized and vibrant Baltimore Avenue.

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* Good urban density.
* Highly convenient access to Dwtn across all modes. All 1 mile from Dwtn.
* Solid public transit access as well.
* Great connectivity with a gridded street grid and lots of smaller connecting alleyway streets. Some deadens however.
* Overall pretty safe neighborhood. Still some crime but neighborhood has benefitted from increased security and police presence from neighboring University of Baltimore, which has begun to buy real estate in the neighborhood.
* Good for sale housing market with some 1-beds ranging anywhere from 75K-200K. 2-beds sell btwn 100K-275K. 3 & 4 beds sell btwn 125K-400K.
* Several small to medium parks spread throughout the neighborhood.
* Decent tree canopy.
* Good cultural amenities including several restaurants and bars, a historic but small market, the Lithuanian Hall, a local puppet theater, the B&O Museum and Irish Railroad Museum. Also 1 mile from all the cultural amenities Dwtn.
* Retail amenities including serval local grocerias, a pharmacy, several local boutiques and gift shops, a couple banks, several salons & barber shops, a couple doctors offices, a couple churches, and the University of Baltimore Hospital complex is just east of the neighborhood.
* While there are lots of holes on Baltimore Avenue urban form, overall is pretty good in Hollins Market.
* Attractive historic architecture here mostly from the late 1800s but some mid century buildings too.


* Good sidewalks throughout but proper ADA curb cuts make up only 1/3 of all intersections.
* Really no dedicated bike lanes here and limited dockless bikes and scooters around.
* Families with Children is a bit limited but a good # of young adults and students living here thanks to University of Maryland’s presence nearby.
 * Some vacancy and grid exist (especially on the western and southern end of the neighborhood).
* Only one school, an elementary school is located in the neighborhood. Only a handful of schools in surrounding neighborhoods are generally not rated well.
* Limited 1-bed and 2-beds rental available. 1 beds range anywhere from $700 to the high 1Ks. 2-beds and 3-beds lease btwn the mid 1Ks and low 2Ks. 3-bed apts are the most available.
* Missing a dedicated cafe, art galleries, a full service supermarket, a brand name pharmacy, a hardware store,
* Baltimore Street, the neighborhood’s historic commercial district, is very blighted and has few occupied store fronts. Still much of it is in tact so there is great potential here for a wonderful community service biz district.
* Not much modern infill but some nice stuff along the eastern blocks of Baltimore as the University of Maryland creeps westward. Some ugly 60s & 70s along MLK Blvd.