Maryland at a glance:
- Major Cities: Prince Frederick, Solomans
Island, Waldorf, Charlotte Hall, Lexington Park
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Point Lookout State Park, St. Mary’s River State Park, Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, Flag Pond Nature Park, Kings Landing Natural Resources Management Area, Calvert Marine Museum, Cove Point Lighthouse, Potomac Speedway, Maryland International Raceway, Chesapeake Beach Water Park
- Major Industry: Defense (NAVAIR, Northrop Grumman), Technology, Pharmaceutics, Chesapeake Bay Sportfishing, Crabbing
- Counties: Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel
Nestled between the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay, Southern Maryland real
estate is only a short drive from major cities like
Washington, D.C. and
Baltimore. As a result, the region boasts an appealing blend of rural
history, maritime culture, and big city amenities. Southern Maryland is made up
of the tri-county area of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s, although two additional
counties, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s, can also be considered part of the region.
The counties are divided by the Patuxent River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay,
with St. Mary’s, Charles, and Prince George’s Counties on the west and Calvert and
Anne Arundel Counties on the east.
Southern Maryland real estate in Calvert County, one of Maryland’s smallest, has
recently experienced a surge in popularity among busy commuters attracted to its
location less than 50 miles from Washington, D.C. However, while communities like
Prince Frederick, the county seat, and
Dunkirk have experienced an increase in residential development, most of
the county has managed to retain its rural charm. Nowhere is this more apparent
than on Solomons Island, a small harbor village located
at the mouth of the Patuxent River. Just over a mile long, this quaint resort town
offers plenty of attractions, including the Solomons Riverwalk, the Calvert Marine
Museum, and the historic J.C. Lore & Sons Oyster House.
Like Calvert County, Southern Maryland real estate in Charles County and St. Mary’s
County have also grown in popularity over the past few years. Waldorf, in Charles
County, is home to St. Charles, a 10,000-acre planned community anchored by the
St. Charles Town Center, a 160-acre retail hub. The College of Southern Maryland,
a community college serving the tri-county area, is located in nearby La Plata,
the county seat of Charles County. Lexington Park
and Charlotte Hall, in St. Mary’s County, have
recently welcomed a number of high-tech and aerospace jobs. The Patuxent Naval Air
Station alone supports over 17,000 people, making it an economic mainstay of the
North of the tri-county area is Anne Arundel County. The county, which is home to
Baltimore-Washington International Airport, is situated on the Chesapeake Bay and
offers 500 miles of shoreline as well as charming waterfront communities like Deale. Its county seat,
Annapolis, is also the capital of Maryland. Known as “America’s Sailing
Capital,” Annapolis is a port city located on the Severn River, a tributary of the
Chesapeake Bay. St. John’s College, the nation’s third-oldest college, and the U.S.
Naval Academy can be found in Annapolis, which is replete with colonial-era buildings.
To the west of Anne Arundel County and abutting Washington, D.C. is Prince George’s
County. The county’s communities, like Mitchellville
and Camp Springs, are accessible by the green, orange,
and blue lines of the Metro and are popular among people buying Southern Maryland
real estate. Maryland’s flagship university, the University of Maryland, College
Park, is also located in Prince George’s County.
To find homes
for sale in this popular part of Maryland near the nation’s capital, contact
any one of Long & Foster’s Southern Maryland real estate offices.