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Arcadia

Nestled in the northeastern corner of Baltimore, Arcadia is the neighborhood jewel of Charm City. As you travel the tree-lined streets, you have the feeling of stepping back in time to a place where neighbors knew and cared about each other. Arcadia is a community of more than 450 period homes built in the 1920s. As one of Baltimore's most established middle-class neighborhoods, the area is noted for its unique architecture, vintage lampposts, front porches, and friendly neighbors. Residents of Arcadia range from people who have grown up in the neighborhood to an eclectic mix of those who moved here because they recognized the unique nature of this community. Arcadia is conveniently located to the downtown area, and walking distance to a variety of local restaurants, taverns, parks, and shops.

 

 

"Arcadia . . . the quintessential city neighborhood . . ."

-Eric Holcomb, Balt. City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, and Arcadia resident.

 

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Zip Codes:

  • 21214
  • 21206

Commuting time to downtown:

  • 20 minutes

Public Schools:

  • Gardenville Elementary
  • Hamilton Middle
  • Northern High

Conveniences: Shopping & Dining:

  • Safeway in Arcadia w/pharmacy
  • Towson Town Mall, 15 minutes
  • Inner Harbor, 20 minutes
  • Chameleon Café (nominee for restaurant of the year!)
  • Koko's Pub (Winner of Baltimore's Best Crab Cake, hon!)
  • The Red Canoe childrens bookstore and coffee shop
  • and more within walking distance.

 

 

History of Arcadia

Arcadia comprises three distinct development periods; the Heckel family and Eutaw Heights, Post WWI development of Arcadia, and Post WWII Eastwood Drive and infill development. Though, these periods differ significantly in house type and design, they make up a cohesive neighborhood.

The first era of development was between 1898-1914 and center around the Heckel Family on Heckel Avenue. Between the late 1880's and mid 1890's Gottleib Heckel, a cobbler on Gay Street moved his family into a log cabin located near today's Parkside and Prior Avenues. Shortly thereafter, they bought 19 acres of the eastern portion of Eutaw Farm tract. Here the family worked on a farm and other odd jobs. Gottleib Heckel started building Eutaw Avenue (which became Parkside Drive) from Belair Road to the farm around 1895. In 1902 he laid out and built Heckel Avenue as his driveway.

By 1898, the Hall's estate and gristmill were abandoned. In 1902 the Heckel's sold two lots to Dr. Giering and built for him the fieldstone house on the north side of Parkside Drive. The driveway to the Giering's stone house became Harris Street. Between 1898 and 1914, 49 single and duplex homes were built. By 1914 much of "Eutaw Heights" was constructed. Later development consisted of row houses built off Belair Road, which followed the 1923 Zoning Act. "Eierman Avenue" and built the daylight housing that exists today. Other row house development occurred on Parkside Road one half block from Belair. They were built in the Tudor Style housing.

Arcadia was officially created on March 28, 1914. Read the complete article.

 

 

 

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Herring Run

One of the pleasures of life in Arcadia is living a block away from Herring Run Park. The Herring Run watershed is the largest part of the Back River watershed which is a small part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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