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Zip code: 21218

Borders: 39th Street on the north, 27th Street on the south, Greenmount Avenue on the west and Ellerslie Avenue on the east. Sites like Memorial Stadium and City College actually fall outside of the official borders but are generally considered part of the area. The greater Waverly area covers the neighborhoods of Waverly, Better Waverly, Abell and the northern part of Harwood.

Former name: Huntingdon -- Named after St. John's Episcopal Church, Huntingdon, the community's oldest church, dating from the 1840s.

City College sits like a castle on a hill off 33rd Street. (Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum)

Waverly bus routes: Route 36 south to the University of Maryland at Baltimore or north to Northern Parkway; Route 64 to the Harbor

Neighborhood schools: The Greenmount Alternative School, Waverly Elementary School and Recreation Center, Holy Spirit School, City College High School, Venable High School

Architecture: The neighborhood features a combination of Victorians, farm houses, brick duplexes and rowhouses.

Best deal: Normal's Books & Records offers deeply discounted used books, records and CDs. If you're looking for a book club selection or your English Lit 101 assignment, there's a good chance you'll find it here.

Best excuse to wake up early: The Saturday morning Waverly Farmers' Market is the place to see and be seen. Roll out of bed and grab a cup of joe on the go, some freshly made croissants and whatever delectable delights you need to get you through the week.

Best treats at the farmers' market: Grilled mushroom sandwich, honey-sweetened ginger-lemon drinks, free samples of apples and Asian pears

Best place to get food besides the farmers' market: The Giant on 33rd Street. Its wide aisles, glistening produce and prepared foods section make the nearby Rotunda Giant pale in comparison.

The YMCA at Stadium Place is a new and popular place to gather and exercise. (Sun photo by Kim Hairston)

Best breakfast: Pete's Grille is not only Michael Phelps' favorite carb deliverer, it's also a place where young and old and black and white come together on neighboring bar stools.

Best name for a Thai restaurant: Thai Restaurant -- what the establishment lacks in nomenclature, it makes up for with cheap and inexpensive exotic dishes.

Best place to work out: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA at Stadium Place boasts a swimming pool, a gym packed with fitness machines and a sparkling basketball court. It's also affordable and welcoming.

Neighborhood links: www.waverly-live.com

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