Anne Arundel County

Living in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Annapolis Anne Arundel CountyWith 533 miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, the lifestyle in Anne Arundel County is distinctively more relaxed than other counties near Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay about a half hour from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland, is home to Maryland’s capitol city of Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy, the National Security Agency and Fort George G. Meade.

When you relocate to Anne Arundel County, you’ll find fabulous shopping malls, such as Westfield Shopping in Annapolis and Arundel Mills in Hanover, and quaint one-of-a-kind shops on the historic streets of downtown Annapolis. Dining options range from Ledo Pizza in Crofton to Carroll Creek Cafe and Phillips Seafood overlooking the Annapolis Harbor. You’ll enjoy recreational opportunities in nearby Washington, D.C. and Baltimore as well as the County’s waterways, beaches, parks, and golf courses.  If you have children, you’ll be happy to learn there are more than two dozen blue ribbon schools in Anne Arundel County, the 5th largest school district in one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the nation.

Anne Arundel County truly is a unique place to live, with the historical ambiance of Annapolis and a nautical influence that runs through the county with the Severn, Magothy, South and West Rivers.  Yet, in the end, it is YOUR next home and community that bring you to Anne Arundel County, Maryland, so let’s talk about living here.

Homes in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Waterfront homes along the Severn, on a beautiful fall dayPrices range from the $200,000′s for a condo to many millions of dollars for prime waterfront estates. The majority of detached homes for sale probably fall into the $400,000- $800,000 range, depending primarily on size of the lot and home as well as proximity to the water – significantly lower than other areas within commuting distance of Washington, D.C.

Many homes are located in established neighborhoods with mature trees and big yards and others are still under construction in new subdivisions. There are communities with private beaches, open only to residents, such as Arden on the Severn in Crownsville or the gated marina-community of Chesapeake Harbour in Annapolis; 18-hole golf courses are the centerpieces of Walden in Crofton, Bay Hills in Arnold, and several other Anne Arundel County communities.

As we go about our busy 21st century lives in Anne Arundel County, we know intuitively that we live, work and play in an area that is rich in history. Yet few of us know the details of how Anne Arundel County came to be. Be sure to read all about the History of Anne Arundel County from the 17th Century Through the Present.

Whether military relocation or BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) is motivating your move to Maryland, you have an opportunity to witness history in the making, right here in Anne Arundel County.   Meanwhile, you can look forward to sailing on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, going to an Orioles game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, and attending a concert at the Kennedy Center in our nation’s capitol – all in the same day.

Welcome to Anne Arundel County, Maryland!

Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Margaret Woda.

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