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Historic Mount Vernon - Museum District & Transportation Hub

Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Apartment, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

This apartment is centrally located in the Historic Mount Vernon Cultural District. The convenient location allows you and your companion to tour Baltimore and easily visit Washington DC without the need for a car.

The 'Dickinson House' was built in 1879 for John S. Dickinson, and stayed in the family until the 1950's. Many of the original features of this building have survived, and have even been enhanced with an extensive 18-month renovation and preservation. The apartment now has many modern amenities, yet sits in an architectural gem.

After marveling at the 133-year-old details, you will tuck your luggage away and choose among hundreds of landmarks, restaurants and sites to start your venture.

The location is second-to-none! Only a 5-minute walk to Penn Station (Amtrak and MARC), you will have access to the rail artery of the East Coast for outings to Washington DC, day-trips to Philadelphia and treks to New York City. The Johns Hopkins Medical Institute shuttle stop is also there. You will be a 6-minute walk to the Baltimore Light Rail’s instant reach to the Camden Yards baseball stadium and the terminal doors of the BWI Airport. Best of all, the new Charm City Circulator stops 1 block away delivering you anywhere you want to go for free, via its direct route to the Inner Harbor, Downtown Baltimore, the Convention Center, and Federal Hill. It is frequent, free and has an accompanying iPhone app service! Should you decide to drive, simply rent a Zip Car located only 3 blocks away.

Explore historic Mt. Vernon! Tour the first cathedral in America, the Basilica of the Assumption, climb the stairs of the Washington Monument—the nation’s first memorial to George Washington, breathe in the architecture at the Peabody Library, discover the stained glass Tiffany windows of the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, visit the exhibits of the Walters Art Museum. Each of these exquisite options are within walking distance and free to the public!

Interested in music? Walk to a concert at the Peabody Music Conservatory, an opera at the Lyric, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerhof Symphony Hall or live music at a nearby gallery, pub or the park at Mount Vernon Place. Want to see a play, comedy show or movie? Walk to Center Stage, Spotlighters, the Everyman Theater or the Charles Theatre, then dine at some of the best-rated restaurants in Baltimore! Our personal favorites are The Brewer’s Art, The Helmand, Stang of Siam, Sofi’s Crepes and Tapas Teatro ... all within 1-5 blocks!

Starbucks, Chipotle and pizza from Iggies and Joe Squared are near, too!

Feel like cooking? Easily stock your apartment’s kitchen with our fold-up shopping cart and ingredients from 2 grocery stores within a 3 block radius. The kitchen has new granite countertops and is fully equipped.

The apartment has a private bathroom with shower, hair dryer and heated floor! It has a queen-sized bed, television, air conditioning and heat. A washer/dryer is expected soon. This place is ideal for tourists, visiting scholars, and traveling professionals.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2016

About The Owner

I love architecture, and I give food tours around Baltimore!

I started leading Food Tours while in Philadelphia, and I didn't miss a beat when moving to Baltimore! I led my first tour for Charm City Food Tours just 36-hours after I'd moved. The tours are a treat to lead, and I'd recommend them to anyone.

I have channelled my love of architecture into my company, da Vinci by Design. We import stairs from Italy that go into boutiques, custom homes, cultural institutions and condominiums. Though our home doesn't have one of these eye-catching stairs (yet), I work from an office on the 1st Floor.

For my work, I travel to Italy a number of times a year, and I also travel to the locations of my installations (from Hawaii to Florida to California to New York City and State).

I fell in love with a woman who worked in Baltimore, so we bought this house together and spent 18 months renovating and updating the house. Our relationship survived the remodel, and our home is quite a gem!

I am training for a 10-mile run, and I very much enjoy going running in the morning with my rescued dog, Dulcinea.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2010

Why The Owner chose Baltimore

My wife and I purchased the whole building. She has worked in Baltimore for a number of years, and I moved down from Philadelphia to join her. We have renovated the entire house and updated the apartments on each of the levels. We are living on one of the floors, but space is tight, and there is no space for a guest room.

We wanted to have a place for our relatives to stay when they came to visit, so we thought to create a guest suite on the 1st Floor. After we finished the suite, we chose to make it available on VRBO, blocking off the days when family would be in town.

So far we have enjoyed meeting the people who stay in our historic home.

Since I moved from Philadelphia, I have loved the location. We are near the transportation nexus of Baltimore. Anywhere I want to go is just a short jaunt away!

I ride the Circulator frequently; this free bus began about the time I moved to Baltimore, and is universally loved. Getting to the Inner Harbor, the Convention Center, Camden Yards, Federal Hill, Fells Point has never been easier. The Banner Line even brings you to and from Fort McHenry!

I go to New York City for business, and I just walk to Penn Station (5 minutes) to catch either Amtrak or Bolt Bus. When friends come up from DC, they just hop on the MARC or Amtrak for a visit.

Every time we fly from BWI, we roll our luggage to the Light Rail stop at Cultural Center (6 minutes), and ride the Light Rail right into the terminal (no parking and no shuttles). It's easy, and affordable ($1.60 per person).

When I don't feel like cooking (I'm the chef in the family), we walk 1 1/2 blocks to Stang of Siam—the best Thai food in the city—or to dozens of other restaurants in Mount Vernon.

I walk my dog, Dulcinea, past numerous historic, and architecturally stunning buildings. From the Mount Royal Train Station to wonderfully preserved 19th Century homes on N Calvert, beauty abounds!

What makes this apartment unique

This apartment offers ease and convenience. No matter where you want to go, or what you want to do, this apartment is the perfect place to start.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Historic Mount Vernon - Museum District & Transportation Hub
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews

Wish I had stayed longer

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 2 nights, took the free bus to the inner harbor. Went to an Orioles game. Wish I was able to stay longer. Place is as advertised. had a great time.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Repeat visit

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in this lovely apartment. Mount Vernon is our favorite Baltimore neighborhood. There are many things to do and see within walking distance. Bus lines are very close by if the traveller wants to explore Baltimore. The apartment is quiet, private, and all the comforts of home are provided. Again, we experienced no negative issues. The unit was extremely clean and show the owners' pride in their home. Although the owners live in the building, and are available if assistance is needed, they do not intrude on your privacy. Our 6 night stay was perfect in every way and we look forward to staying here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay in Baltimore

  • 5 of 5

This lovely, large studio was ideal for our brief stay in Baltimore. Located in an interesting, historic part of the city, with a well-stocked kitchen, this apartment provided us with a central spot from which to explore various museums and sites. We enjoyed walking to the Inner Harbor in the evening. Michael was easy to work with. All in all, a great experience, one of our best VRBO rentals!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great visit to Baltimore

  • 5 of 5

This was our first VRBO experience and it sealed the deal that we will be back. I had been to Baltimore many times in the past for work and had always stayed in the Inner Harbor at a hotel. Since this trip was personal I wanted to see and experience the city. The Dickinson house hit the nail on the head. The Mt Vernon district offered everything we needed for a great stay. The local food was good, the local sights are interesting, and we definitely enjoyed the quick access to transit. Since the house is on the "Purple line" of the charm city circulator getting around to the various Baltimore neighborhoods is both easy and FREE!! We also used nearby Penn station to access Washington D.C. quickly and easily.

The house itself is definitely as described and perfect for two. The kitchen had everything we wanted and we used the nearby Eddy's on Eager street to stock up for breakfast and snacks. We prefer to eat early before going out for the day. Access was easy and the owner's were both helpful and accommodating. I definitely recommend this place if you want to be in the heart of Baltimore with quick access to the local area but away from the tourist bustle. Like I mentioned, we walk a lot when we are on vacation and the local arts, architecture, and people were definitely a plus.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place to stay when visiting Baltimore

  • 5 of 5

This first floor property is the perfect place to stay when visiting Baltimore. It is minutes away from the Cultural Center light rail stop. We got on the train at the airport and had an enjoyable ride. The walk from the train stop was about six minutes. The studio is in an multi story row house. Michael and his family live upstairs which is a great plus, he was very helpful and answered any questions we had. The bed/living room is spacious, well lit from gorgeous window that open to let in air. The bed is super comfortable. I usually don't sleep well in hotels but got three great night sleeps here. The kitchen is spacious and modern with everything you'll need if you feel inclined to cook (we never did it was a vacation after all). Coffee maker, with filters and coffee made a great cup of morning Joe. The only complaint I have was not enough ice cube trays to make a decent cocktail. The bathroom is not large but has a great shower and worked out fine for me and my wife.

The best feature is the location. You are in the cultural center with the symphony and Opera. One block up is a stop for the Purple Charm Connector bus route. Its free and is a great way to get down to the Washington Monument, Library, museum, Inner Harbor or Camden Yards. The neighborhood is quaint, safe and has places to eat, drink or be entertained.

We would definitely stay here again when we visit Baltimore or maybe even Washington. Its only a short inexpensive train ride to the capital.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Apartment, Great Owner, Best Part of Town

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at the Dickinson House twice. It is a beautiful, historic building with a tastefully furnished and appointed apartment. It is also in the heart of Mount Vernon, which is the most beautiful neighborhood in Baltimore. Finally, Michael is a kind, gracious, and attentive host. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Charm City.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Point of Interest
Charm City Circulator (Free bus to Downtown, Convention Ctr)
Nearest Point of Interest
Penn Station [BAL] (train, taxi, ZipCar, bus, shuttles, etc)
Nearest Point of Interest
OK Natural Foods (grocery store)
Nearest Point of Interest
Eddie's (grocery store)
Nearest Point of Interest
Walters Art Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Charm City Circulator Stop
Nearest Point of Interest
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Nearest Point of Interest
Peabody Library & Music Conservatory


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Mid-Town Belvedere Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 660 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Inflatable Bed (1)
  • Television
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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