Shopping Boutiques and shops in Harbor East are outposts for clothing (Urban Chic, South Moon Under), shoes (Benjamin Lovell Shoes) plus hip and exotic accessories (Handbags and the City, Kashmir Imports). Other stores carry deluxe home furnishings, sporting goods and gourmet chocolates. There's also a CVS/Pharmacy.

Dining in Whole Foods Market is the anchor grocery store in Harbor East; and wine enthusiasts have a wide selection at Bin 604. There's a municipal market with fresh produce and seafood in Fells Point and several ethnic markets there and in Little Italy.

Dining out Options range from Lebanese fare and sushi to crab cakes at the Marriott Waterfront hotel's restaurant. Some popular upscale restaurants include Oceanaire Seafood Room, Roy's, Charleston and Cinghiale. More casual spots include James Joyce Irish Pub Restaurant, Teavolve and Taco Fiesta.

Night life A seven-screen art cinema, Landmark Theatres - Harbor East, opened last fall. Pazo, a Mediterranean restaurant, has a disc jockey and bustling lounge area. Other fun venues nearby include Mustang Alley, which has upscale bowling lanes, and the Power Plant Live complex, which has assorted clubs, all within walking distance.

Recreation The Maryland Athletic Club, known as MAC, is popular among residents. Spa Sante offers beauty/wellness services. The neighborhood also boasts a 200-slip marina. Joggers, bikers and dog-walkers can be seen along the waterfront promenade that links Harbor East with the Inner Harbor.

"I walk everywhere, to the grocery store, to the shops and restaurants," says Carino. "It's a great community."

harbor east by the numbers
ZIP codes: 21202, 21231

Homes on the market: 23*

Average sale price: $253,887 (21202), $284,112 (21231)**

Average days on market: 172 (21202), 166 (21231)**

*Within Harbor East boundaries

**Information based on sales during the past 12 months, compiled by Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc.