Charles Village is an active and diverse community with a strong sense of self-identity. The neighborhood has a strong local business climate and an abundance of well-known cultural and educational resources, being the home to such institutions as the Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The Old Goucher Neighborhood, formerly South Charles Village, is well known for its mix of ethnic restaurants, white-collar professional firms, and non-profits, contained in its late Victorian streetscape. Lovely Lane Methodist Church and the handsome granite buildings nearby were part of the original campus of Goucher College, which moved to Towson in the 1950s. Howard Street has become Baltimore's "Automotive Alley" with its heavy concentration of car-related services. And St. Paul Street, around the corner from JHU, has evolved into a student-orientated retail strip.
Another neighborhood association identifies itself as a separate organized identity within Charles Village. The Peabody Heights Resident Homeowners Alliance represents the blocks between 25 and 31streets, bounded by Maryland Avenue and Guilford Avenue east and west, respectively.