Place Category: Neighborhoods
“I like the variety of homes and the fact that the back yards are spacious and often unfenced. It’s urban, but we aren’t hemmed in.”
What’s Great About Graceland Park
- A quiet community with a variety of housing types and great home value.
- Immediate access to I-95 and routes into Baltimore City; close proximity to Johns Hopkins Bayview.
- Live near your work, shopping, schools, churches.
- Gusryan St., Wallaston Way, Dundalk Ave. (west)
- Brentwood Ave. (south)
- Bethlehem Ave., Delbert Ave., City line (east)
- Eastern Ave. (north)
Graceland Park has steel history everywhere, and a variety of housing that spans decades. Panoramic views of the City and the Port, beautiful cemeteries, wooded lots lend an unique vibe to the neighborhood.
The area evolved over 50 years, as potential homeowners saw a lot they liked, then discussed the terms with a local builder associated with the development. As a result, the houses in Graceland Park bear the imprints of their first owners who paged through a book of blueprints and chose the one that best suited their needs, likes and budget. Housing stock ranges from Cape Cods (some with 3—4 bedrooms), bungalows and row homes. It’s a gem of a small community with unfenced yards, trimmed yards and landscaped gardens.
Because the area was once farmland (Grace’s Farm) and is also nearly surrounded by beautiful cemeteries, there is a feel of quietness in much of Graceland Park. Although there is no dedicated green space, many homes are on wooded lots, which adds to the character of the neighborhood.
From the heights of German Hill Road, look west for an incredible view of Baltimore City. Look south for panoramic views of the Port of Baltimore and the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The numerous historic cemeteries also provide open spaces and scenic vistas.
The Graceland Park Improvement Association meets monthly, 3rd Wed. at 7 pm at Graceland United Methodist Church, in the church sanctuary.
- Norwood Elementary School: 1700 Delvale Avenue, (410) 887-7055
- Holabird Middle School: 1701 Delvale Avenue, (410) 887-7049
- Dundalk High School: 1901 Delvale Avenue, (410) 887-7023
- Graceland Park-O’Donnell Heights Elem./Middle School: 6300 O’Donnell Street (410) 396-9083
- John Ruhrah Elem./Middle School: 6820 Fait Avenue, (410) 396-9125
- Sacred Heart of Mary: 6736 Youngstown Avenue, (410) 633-2828
- Graceland United Methodist Church: 6714 Youngstown Avenue, (410) 633-8799
- Bethlehem AME Church: 6616 Graceland Avenue, (410) 633-0315
Graceland Park started as farmland (Grace’s Farm) that converted with the advent of industry and the need for suitable housing. In this case, the community was one of the solutions to the growth of not just Bethlehem Steel, but the nearby General Motors and Fischer Body plants, Western Electric, and Camp Holabird. Although the development of the community didn’t begin until the 1940s, the land was plotted as early as 1917, which explains why the area’s streets bear names connected to the steel industry.
Today Graceland Park is a mix of residential and commercial uses, dotted with cafes and shopping options. Access to I-95, the City and Baltimore County is easy, and employees of Johns Hopkins Bayview are just 5 minutes from work. In fact, this neighborhood is a wonderful example of affordable homes and the possibility to live near your work, shopping, schools and parks. Residents include professionals, singles, families with kids, and retires.
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