Baltimore, MD

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Baltimore, MD

How Happy Are Baltimore's Homeowners?

Natty-Boh Beer, Blue Crabs and Babe Ruth: Those are just a few great things Baltimore is known for. And the fact that the city offers quick access to New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia — as well as close proximity to three major airports — scores it extra points. Baltimore’s homeowners put easy access to freeways high on their lists when it comes to home happiness. And a mix of old and new interior features — things like natural light, hardwood floors and updated kitchens — are sweetening homeownership as well. So, what could make home happier for Baltimoreans? Professional landscaping and fire pits, for starters. And updated bathrooms, improved insulation and storage organization are in high demand too.

Baltimore's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Painted interior room/area
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Added/replaced/refinished flooring

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Add/replace/refinish flooring
  • Professionally organized closets

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Happiest Home Features

Baltimore's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • New appliances

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Improved insulation
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • Marble or quartz countertops

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Front porch
  • Trees
  • Attached garage
  • New roof

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • A fire pit
  • None
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Solar energy roofing features

It's not just projects and features that make Baltimore's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Can live & work in close proximity
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Lots of green space

Overall Home
Happiness

89%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

61%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Baltimore home:

  • Homeowners have:3.3 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.4 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:12 years

  • Average square footage:2,100

  • Age of home:43 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):134,000Powered by Redfin

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