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Welcome to Charles Village
      A Great Place to Live, Work, Study, and Play


North Charles Village 

Planned Unit Development

Since Summer 2021, the North Charles Village Planned Unit Development (NCV PUD) has followed an extensive process for renewing and expanding the PUD. Updating the Design Review Guidelines to sync with City Design and Landscape Manuals along with the list of USES required major revisions to conform to the Transform Baltimore City Zoning Code adopted in 2017. NCV PUD Design Review Committee Members Matthew Mosca and Joe Rexing with Sandy Sparks, Committee Chair made major updates to the 1996 Guidelines to conform with City Planning Codes. Based on 25 years of the NCV PUD design reviews, the review process steps are now systemized and clarified. Ren Southard, AIA, Design Planner II, City of Baltimore Department of Planning, analyzed and finalized the proposed guidelines.

City Council Representative Odette Ramos (14th District) plans to introduce the NCV PUD City Council Ordinance in February. If you have comments or questions about the DESIGN REVIEW GUIDELINES, please contact Sandy Sparks, Chair, Land Use Committee, or Council Representative Odette Ramos,

Village Lofts in 3200 block of St. Paul (pictured left)

Mission of the CVCA

The Charles Village Civic Association (CVCA) works to preserve, enhance, and promote quality of life in the greater Charles Village community. 


Through partnerships, events, information, and advocacy, CVCA ensures that community voices and priorities are recognized.

About Charles Village

Charles Village is a vibrant, walkable neighborhood in north-central Baltimore.  Painted Lady home fronts are a well-known and charming characteristic of the neighborhood. Beginning in the 1890s, Charles Village was developed as Baltimore’s first garden suburb with front yards, handsome brick rowhouses with flat facades or porch fronts, and apartment buildings.  Charles Village/Abell were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. 

Charles Village is home to such institutions as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins University, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. 


In addition to our tree-lined streets, beautiful gardens, and community-supported public schools, residents enjoy shopping at the 32nd Street Farmers Market and relaxing in Wyman Park Dell. 


The Village Learning Place, 29th Street Community Center, Charles Village Rec League, Enoch Pratt Library Waverly Branch, and numerous churches further enrich our wonderful community. 

Restaurants, retail stores, and service businesses are expanding to make Charles Village ever more convenient and vibrant.  In 2008, the American Planning Association designated Charles Village as one of 10 Great Places: Neighborhoods in America

Charles Village is honored to include multiple, smaller neighborhoods within its general boundaries. Abell, Harwood, Barclay, and Old Goucher each contribute their unique energy to our community tapestry. Residents frequently overlap and collaborate with nearby communities of Waverly, Better Waverly, East Baltimore, Charles North, Remington, Oakenshawe, and beyond!

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