A study in Baltimore found that residents recognize four ideal types of neighborhoods, each associated with a different combination of qualities. This paper reports on a follow--up study in which residents were asked to assess some of these same qualities in relation to their present neighborhood. The findings showed that the assessments clustered around three dimensions and that each dimension agreed with an ideal type. Neighborhoods were not necessarily true to a single type - some were scored positively on several dimensions, which means that residents attributed to them qualities of several types. Neighborhoods with different profiles were found to house different types of residents, showing that each type embraces not only the concept of a desirable place, but also that of a desirable community. If residents' characterizations of real-world neighborhoods are in line with ideal types, then we can expect their ratings of residential satisfaction to be affected by the type of neighborhood they consider to be ideal.