Belair -Edison is located in the northeast section of Baltimore City. Established in the 1940's, the neighborhood was once home to Brehm's Brewery, which occupied 624 acres around Erdman Avenue and Brehm's Lane. Breweries were common industries in northeast Baltimore in the 1800's. Eventually the neighborhood became known as the Village of Georgetown and then Belair-Edison. There are approximately 7,500 mostly red brick row homes in this neighborhood with two blocks of semi-detached and single family homes. The homes found west of Brehm's Lane are the oldest in the neighborhood, dating back to the early 30's, to the east of Brehm's lane the homes were built mostly in the 50's. The last homes built here were in the northeast section which had been land where residents had once planted victory gardens.
The homes vary in width from 17 to 22 feet wide and you can find 2 to 4 bedrooms. The architecture varies block by block, as is common in the city. Some of the homes have garages.
Today the neighborhood is a culturally diverse mix of white and blue collar workers from all walks of life. It is common to find neighbors chatting on their covered front porches or over the back yard fence. All the homes in this neighborhood have front lawns and back yards.
Belair-Edison is one of the greenest neighborhoods in the city with the 300 acre Herring Run Park to the north and Clifton Park to the south and Lake Montebello just a short walk away.
Herring Run Park is a popular place to bring the kids to the playground. It was also voted the best place in the city to take a run in City Paper's annual "Best of" edition of 2007.
Clifton Park has tennis courts and an 18 hole golf course. There are also community garden plots, and the Clifton Park Mansion.
There is a popular track around Lake Montebello that is 1.25 miles and is used by runners, walkers, bikers and roller bladers alike.
The community association is active and there are incentive programs for home buyers who are interested in investing in the community.
The average sale price of a home in this neighborhood for the year 2006 was $106,044.
Next week we visit Belair-Parkside.