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Neighborhood Spotlight: Guilford

For the Baltimore Sun

Location: North-central Baltimore City, partially bounded by Charles Village to the south, Loyola/Notre Dame to the north and York Road to the east.

Average home listing price: $610,000 in 2013, says Tom Hobbs, president of the Guilford Association.

Population: About 3,000, says Lynda Riley, secretary of the Guilford Association.

The history: Named in honor of the 1781 Battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina, the 296-acre estate passed from the family of Revolutionary War veteran William McDonald to Baltimore Sun founder Arunah S. Abell and eventually to the Roland Park Co. in 1911. General manager Edward H. Bouton enlisted the landscape design talents of the Olmsted brothers, the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted. Homes went on sale in 1913, and the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

What’s there: A variety of century-old homes that mostly reflect European influences. Think brick townhouses, Tudor-style cottages and stately Colonial-style mansions. In April, nearly 80,000 tulips bloom at the six-acre Sherwood Gardens. “When the tulips come up, there are hundreds of people in Sherwood Gardens, many from outside the neighborhood,” Riley says. Guilford has planned a calendar of events in celebration of the neighborhood’s centennial that runs through this spring.

What’s next: The Guilford Association plans to reconstruct some of the gardens to bring them more in accordance with the Olmsteds’ free-form, curvy design.

Why Guilford: Riley and her husband, Darrell, moved to Guilford 17 years ago from New Jersey when Darrell accepted a job with T. Rowe Price. “It was really the architecture that attracted us” to Guilford, Riley says. She likes proximity to shops and eateries and loves her neighbors. “People who live here are very active in the city,” Riley says. “These are really interesting people.”

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