Surrounded by neighborhoods of stately homes, pretty cottages, and colorful gardens, the Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street district retains its small town charm while offering a desirable array of restaurants, taverns, galleries, small shops, and cultural spots. Hamilton-Lauraville is truly a DIY place, where local residents own more than 25 businesses, ranging from book stores to restaurants and handmade jewelry stores to bakeries.
The buzz surrounding Hamilton-Lauraville is impossible to ignore. Cars sport the ubiquitous “Fueled by Zeke’s” bumper stickers, announcing an owner’s addiction to the locally brewed coffee. The chef of a neighborhood charcuterie won the nationally prestigious Good Food Award, and local businesses are regular winners of Best of Baltimore awards. Art galleries and live performances at venues including the Hamilton Gallery/Hamilton Arts Collective, Charmed Life Gallery, Creative Arts of Maryland, The Gift Cellar, Red Canoe Cafe’, Hamiltone Music, Four Hour Day Lutherie, The Music Box and Los Amigos restaurant all contribute to a vibrant cultural scene.
Hamilton-Lauraville offers great visibility on Harford Road and easy access to downtown Baltimore, I-95, and the Baltimore Beltway. With strong demographics and Morgan State University less than one mile away, Hamilton-Lauraville is poised for continued growth.
- 235,762 people live within three miles of the center of the business district at Harford Road and Ailsa Avenue.
- The homeownership rate is 78% and homeowners stay for an average of 20 years.
- Morgan State University is less than one mile away and has over 7,800 students and 1,740 faculty and staff members.
- The Hamilton Street Festival attracts more than 5,000 visitors annually, and the Downhill Derby demonstrates the business district’s commitment to family-friendly activities.
- Hundreds of people attend First Friday events at galleries, restaurants, performance spaces, and theatres; and the Tuesday Market draws 500 customers per week.
- Zeke’s Coffee, Baltimore’s beloved small batch coffee roastery, is headquartered here.
- Five new restaurants, one tavern, and a bakery have opened since 2007, making Hamilton-Lauraville the newest foodie destination in Baltimore.
- Hamilton-Lauraville is also at the center of Baltimore’s farm-to-table movement, with chefs and farmers at Clementine, Hamilton Bakery, Hamilton Crop Circle, Hamilton Tavern, and Maggie’s Farm leading the way.
- Nearby Lake Montebello is a magnet for runners, bikers, and walkers.