Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties offer a broad variety of communities. If you are unfamiliar with any area, I recommend you call me to discuss what it is you seek in a neighborhood and home so that I can make recommendations. Anne Arundel County offers urban, suburban, and rural living; waterfront and farmland. Please refer to the bottom of this page for links to some of the local communities. I have provided links to some of the most commonly asked about local communities.
Schools and Colleges
The quality of a school can greatly influence home values in an area. As a local resident, parent, former independent school and college admissions director, and real estate professional, I can connect you with a variety of resources that can help you evaluate area public and independent schools. There are several school districts as well as independent, parochial, and special needs schools to choose from, including a host of independent schools in greater Baltimore that provide bus service from Anne Arundel County.
Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy (http://www.usna.edu) and St. John's College (http://www.sjc.edu), the third oldest college in the country known widely for its distinctive "Great Books" curriculum. Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) located in Arnold offers 225 programs and more than 3,500 courses.
Local Culture and the Arts
Many local residents take advantage of free cultural events offered by St. John's College. They include a Martin Luther King celebration each spring, free lectures and concerts on Friday nights, and art exhibits at the Mitchell Art Gallery. Community members may also register to take Executive Seminars at St. John's, in which participants read and discuss great works of the Western Civilization.
St. John's College and the U.S. Naval Academy contribute significantly to the local culture. Popular events include Commissioning Week in May, a week-long celebration including the Blue Angles, and the spring Croquet Match between the two schools. Local residents and alumni from both institutions join students to picnic and swing dance on the front lawn of St. John's College. This festive event was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and made Buzzfeed!
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (http://www.marylandhall.org) offers classes in visual arts, dance, music, and theater. Maryland Hall also hosts a variety of events and concerts, and is home to the Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Symphony, and the Annapolis Opera.
Finally, Annapolis has an active live music scene. In addition to Maryland Hall, Rams Head On Stage (http://ramsheadonstage.com) brings a wide array of national talent to Annapolis. Another popular music venue 49 West Coffeehouse showcases more regional talent.
A Sailing Town
Annapolis is considered "America's Sailing Capital" and is home to the oldest and largest in-water sailboat show in the country. We are one of the premiere maritime centers, and home to some world famous sailors, yacht designers, and sailmakers. Yearly traditions include the "Slaughter-Across-the-Water" tug-of-war competition between downtown Annapolis and Eastport, the Eastport Yacht Club Christmas Lights Parade, and the Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning to celebrate the arrival of spring and boating season. The Annapolis Yacht Club is home to Wednesday Night Races from April through August, when more than 125 yachts compete in midweek festivities in a variety of handicap and one design classes. Wednesday Night Races are considered the mid-week start to the weekend.
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