Baltimore is known for its distinctive neighborhoods, with block after block of rowhouses.
But a number of people also opt for apartment buildings and condos. With lots of amenities, proximity to restaurants and nightlife, and no need to do exterior upkeep, multi-residential living is an attractive alternative.
Take Greg Lomax, a resident of Silo Point for the past two years who moved to the Locust Point condo complex from Washington.
"I like the sense of community," said Lomax, director of sales for Erickson Living retirement communities. "It's kind of like a gem in the city. I never would have thought about living in Baltimore before. I'm enjoying it."
Here is a look at some of the city's most notable multi-unit residences.
Price: Units range from $1,289 a month for a one-bedroom apartment to $12,000 a month for the three-bedroom penthouse.
Amenities: 10- to 20-foot ceilings; private balconies and controlled access to elevator for tower suites; top-floor club room; rooftop pool with tanning ledge; self-serve pet washing salon; two dog parks on the property.
What makes it special: The gym. FX Studios' Under Armour Performance Center is set to open in May.
"I was very skeptical about living in the downtown area," said Bill King, a 10 Light Street resident since November. "I took a tour, and I was absolutely blown away by the quality and care that they took [renovating the building]. I was sold on the physical space. All the rooms were incredibly well-done."
Price: One-bedroom units range from $1,595 to $2,300 per month. Two-bedroom units range from $1,995 to $2,495 per month.
Amenities: All apartments have been renovated within the last year, adding granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, new hardwood flooring, and updated bathrooms; air conditioning and a washer and dryer in each unit; garage parking and membership to the Clipper Mill pool included in rent.
What makes it special: With torches and columns, the pool looks like a Mediterranean escape. Plus, the complex is located across the street from James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde's restaurant Woodberry Kitchen.
"I've lived in Baltimore for 15 years. I've lived in a variety of neighborhoods — Midtown, Hampden, south of Patterson Park. It's the best, coolest place I've lived in Baltimore," said Brian Sacawa, a Clipper Mill resident for the past two years. "It's the perfect combination of great architecture. You can feel the history in it, but it's modern. Nice people live there as well. It has everything I need."
Price: Units range from $1,850 per month for a studio to $4,600 for a two-bedroom with a waterfront balcony.
Amenities: Infinity pool; clubhouse that includes a fitness center, screening room, conference room, and bar area with billiards room; three private courtyards; private parking garage with bike racks and electric car-charging stations.
What makes it special: Aside from being one of the city's newer luxury options (it opened in June 2013), this waterfront property is also in the heart of historic Fells Point. There's the additional lure of Modern Cook Shop, a restaurant and marketplace from the owners of Fork and Wrench, which is in the process of opening on the ground floor of the building.
"I work from home. It's a great place to live and a great place to work," said Lou Shuman, a Union Wharf resident for the past two years. "Fells Point is a great place to be. The pubs and the food are amazing. It's been a great move for me."
Price: Units range from $1,625 a month for a studio or a small one-bedroom to $3,000 a month for a three-bedroom with two decks.
Amenities: Outdoor pool and hot tub located on the waterfront; fitness center; resident lounge with free coffee maker and free Wi-Fi, computers and printer; garage parking as well as a gated outdoor lot; fitness center that's open all day; all-day front desk attendant; dry-cleaning valet service; fireplaces in some apartments; pet-friendly.
What makes it special: From the waterfront views to the original exposed brick from when the building housed a tin decorating company, Tindeco Wharf was converted to apartments in the mid-1980s. Its outdoor swimming pool, on-site restaurant the BoatHouse, and proximity to Canton Crossing all make Tindeco Wharf a destination.
"I love the proximity to Canton Square and to downtown. We love the building," said Caroline Scott, who has lived in Tindeco Wharf for 25 years. "There are beautiful views. We can see Fort McHenry and the old Domino Sugars building from our apartment."
Price: Condos start at $300,000 and go up to $3 million for the penthouse, which is still on the market.
Amenities: Full-service front desk with a 24/7 doorman; yoga and kickboxing classes in the building's gym; massage rooms; game room with pool table; a wine club; and sky lounge.
What makes it special: Its contemporary look makes the building look like a work of art. And speaking of art, the common areas of the building are filled with it.
"It was recommended to me by a friend. I had never lived in a city before. I've always lived in the suburbs," said Greg Lomax. "[Silo Point] is more like a community. It's very convenient. It's less than a mile away to walk to all the neighborhood restaurants and bars. ... . It gave me a different attitude about living in the city. It's been a pleasant surprise."
Price: Condos range from $1 million to the $12 million penthouse.
Amenities: Residents' concierge; residents' lobby; fitness center with private yoga studio and indoor-outdoor infinity pool; dog exercise area; game and billiards lounge; a full bar and dining area; a residents-only entertaining space.
What makes it special: With units going on sale in February and construction scheduled to be complete this winter, the Four Seasons residence is Baltimore's newest luxury property in Harbor East.
"We wanted to downsize. This is a third of the size of our current home in Cockeysville," said Tom Stout, who will move into the building when it's completed this year. "We like urban living and Harbor East in particular. We can walk to everything that we need."
Amenities: A private screening room with seating for 18 plus six bar stools and a wet bar for catering; a game and billiards room; residents lounge with a TV, bar area, gas-burning fireplace, chess and checkers tables and a piano; 40,000 square-foot private gardens that extend throughout the property; on-site salon.
What makes it special: Some notables — including Michael Phelps' mother, Debbie, and the late author Tom Clancy — have flocked to the waterfront condominiums since they opened in 2007. The added cachet of the Ritz-Carlton name is another draw, according to its occupants.
"We were one of the original people to move in there. It's an ease of life. They take good care of you," said Tony Trantas. "There isn't anything they won't do. The service and the quality of life is very nice."
Price: Units range from $1,425 per month for a studio loft to $3,200 for a three-bedroom.
Amenities: On-site gym with classes and personal training; 10-foot vaulted ceilings; infinity pool overlooking the Jones Falls; energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances; cast iron columns; business center with free Wi-Fi
What makes it special: Mill No. 1 is one of the newer converted residences in Baltimore. It also has the newly opened Tuscan-themed restaurant Cosima on-site.
"We took a tour of the building. We loved the space. We picked out our apartment when it didn't have drywall up. We took a leap of faith," said Joshua Rivlin, who has lived in Mill No. 1 since August 2013. "It doesn't feel that you are in the city. It's secluded. But you're only five blocks away from Hampden. We love it there."
"I love the aesthetics of it. Walking into the grand lobby, having the convenience of a doorman, the safety ... the convenience of being close to Penn Station and all the cool restaurants in the city. I'm kind of an urban dweller," said Sondra Goad, owner of Belvedere & Co., the event planning company that also owns the building. She has lived in the building since 2010.
Price: Units range from $1,210 a month for a studio to $3,315 for a two-bedroom penthouse with stadium views.
Amenities: Business center with printer, copy and fax services; pet-friendly; monthly social activities for all residents; car care center with vacuum and wash station; fitness center open all day; garden terrace with grill and views of Ravens and Orioles stadiums.
What makes it special: For sports fans, there's no closer apartment building to the Orioles and Ravens stadiums. And Frank and Nic's West End Grille is located on the building's first floor.
"I enjoy living at the Zenith because of the location and because of the people," said John Kaiser, who has lived there since September 2014. "The staff is always responsive to our needs, but more importantly, they work exceptionally hard to create an environment where people can meet and enjoy each other's company, just like any neighborhood, and then some."