Michael Phelps' Baltimore Life, In & Out Of The Pool (Photos)

Michael Phelps' Baltimore Life, In & Out Of The Pool With 22 medals to his name, it is extremely difficult to call anyone but Michael Phelps the greatest Olympian of all-time. The now 18-time gold medalist's star has continued to shine brightly in London, just as it did during the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games (Phelps also competed at the 2000 Sydney Games, but did not medal).

The swimming icon is a legend in every sense of the word.

While Phelps has made his name based mainly on overseas performances, the city and county of Baltimore is the place where the son of a middle school principal and Maryland State Police Trooper was born and bred. Below is a look at the Charm City locations that contributed to the charmed life of one Michael Fred Phelps II.

Phelps grew up in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood of Towson (MD), an unincorporated city located in the northern portion of Baltimore County. Rodgers Forge is situated just south of Towson University (Maryland's second largest university).  While growing up in Towson, Phelps attended Rodgers Forge Elementary, Dumbarton Middle School and Towson High School.

Here is a look at Towson High School, which opened its doors way back in 1873. Phelps would toss his hat into the air 130 years later, in 2003.

It should be noted that the city of Towson possesses a sports lineage of more than just Phelps.

At one time, NFL Hall of Famers/Baltimore Colts legends Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, Gino Marchetti and head coach Don Shula, as well as Hall of Famers/Orioles greats Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and manager Earl Weaver called the place home.  

Towson was a favorite haunt of Baltimore athletes back when the team played their games at Memorial Stadium, located just six miles south of the city.

At the age of 10, Phelps began training with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, which is based out of the Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Center. This venue is located three miles west of Rodgers Forge.

After returning from the University of Michigan (did not graduate), Phelps purchased a 4,080-square-foot condo in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore for $1.69 million. Fells Point sits two miles east of the Camden Yards Sports Complex (home to Oriole Park & M & T Bank Stadium).

Upon his arrival back from Ann Arbor, Phelps resumed his training efforts at the Meadowbrook Center. As a result of moving into Baltimore City, his commute to work increased to seven miles, heading northbound on Interstate 83.

Thursday, TMZ reported that Phelps sold the three-bedroom abode for $1.25 million last week, a loss of $440,000. The TMZ piece provides detailed photos of the swimmer's posh pad.

The location of Phelps' new place of residence is unknown. With a reported net worth of $45 million (and counting), the man from Towson will be able to live wherever and however he chooses. Time will tell if Phelps' home/Olympic medal storage unit will remain in the state and city that has clearly meant so much to him.