The 5 Best Neighborhoods in Annapolis

5 Best Neighborhoods Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland, is home to some of the most historic and scenic neighborhoods in the United States. At the mouth of the Severn River and on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is a beautiful place to live and explore. With its proximity to Washington, D.C., and its abundance of historic and governmental institutions, these neighborhoods offer character and diversity. Annapolis is the perfect home for people who have a passion for history, an abundance of outdoor activities, and yet want to be close to the action of the Baltimore/D.C. area.


Arundel on the Bay

While there is no shortage of coastlines in Annapolis, Arundel-on-the-Bay dips into the waterway in a unique way. Bordered on the east and south by the Chesapeake Bay and by Fishing Creek on the west, this neighborhood is a water-lover’s dream. Founded in 1890, there are approximately 345 homes in this community and a portion of your property taxes are set aside for shoreline maintenance and improvements. While there are some private beaches for community use, you need to travel outside the area for shopping needs.

Arundel-on-the-Bay Real Estate

Homes in this neighborhood vary in price from $215,000 to $3,575,000. Typical homes in this neighborhood have three bedrooms and two bathrooms and sit on quarter-acre lots. The higher priced homes are on up to 1 acre, have floor plans up to 6,788 square feet and situated on the waterfront.
The median listing price in this private community is $565,000.

Education in Arundel-on-the-Bay

Arundel-on-the-Bay is in the Anne Arundel School District has three schools close to the neighborhood:

There are numerous private school options as well.

What’s Nearby?

Arundel-on-the-Bay is scenic and historic. This community owns a private beach, pier, and boat launch for community use. From the beach, it’s just a short ride to Thomas Point Lighthouse, a national landmark and beacon for travelers.

Thomas Point Lighthouse

The neighborhood has numerous community spots and wooded trails. There are pet stations scattered throughout the area. A short commute off the peninsula will take you to fine shopping areas for groceries and goods.
In addition to private marinas in the neighborhood, there are several marinas within 3 or 4 miles. This is the perfect place to keep your boat, and launch for a day trip.

The community dates back to 1939 and is a mix of old and new. Squeezed into an area six blocks wide and ten blocks long, this community is close-knit. With Washington, D.C. 31 miles away, you are never short of sites to explore.
There are several golf courses close by, including South River Golf Links within 3 miles, and United States Naval Academy Golf Course within 4 miles.
Thomas Point Park is a hidden gem in the area. With walking trails, fishing sites, picnic trails, and amazing views, this is an oasis on the bay.

Hillsmere Shores

Located about 3 miles southwest of downtown Annapolis, Hillsmere Shores is a quiet community on the waterfront with approximately 1200 homes. It is located between Duvall Creek and Quiet Waters Park. The neighborhood’s motto is “Where the South River Meets the Bay.” Originally a gentleman’s farm, this well-organized community was developed between 1952 and 1959. Today, a community organization will make sure you adjust to your new area and keeps the area beautiful and tight-knit.

Hillsmere Shores Real Estate

Hillsmere Real Estate

Homes in this neighborhood are midsize homes that range from $265,000 to $1,685,000. There are a variety of time periods and styles in the area. They generally have quarter acre lots with four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Premiere homes back up to the 340 acre Quiet Waters Park. Many homes have nice lawns, mature trees, a driveway and parking garage. With the amount of homes in the neighborhood, there is a good chance that your perfect home will come on the market.

The median listing price in this family-friendly community is $526,000.

Education in Hillsmere Shores

Hillsmere Shores is in the Anne Arundel School District and kids in this neighborhood attend:

There are numerous private school options as well.

What’s Nearby?

Hillsmere Shores neighborhood dates back to 1956. Originally an estate, the historic buildings have been remodeled and incorporated in the Key School campus.

Mature cypress trees line the main drive. The Garden Club is very active in the community helping with bee-keeping, identifying native plants, and assisting with landscaping.

Residents have access to a private marina with direct access to the South River. A great place for families, there are multiple playgrounds, waterfront pavilions, a sandy beach and a community pool. If you have a boat, there is a marina to store and launch from.

Annapolis Community Pool

A good place for those who like to walk, you can reach Quiet Waters Park, the local library branch, PAL Park and the Bay Ridge Plaza shopping center on foot.

Quiet Waters Park has forested trails and grassy fields and is a great place to take the children to play or enjoy a picnic. There are six pavilions and concerts in the park throughout the summer.

The water privileges and the fact that it is within 3 miles of downtown Annapolis, make this area a popular place to live.


Naval Academy Stadium

Located near the Naval Academy Stadium and a quick commute to I50 and I97, Germantown-Homewood is a community of about 550 Victorian, and Arts & crafts homes. New construction in the area fits these styles as well, creating a sense of synchronicity. The headwaters of Spa Creek run through and behind the neighborhood. This community prides itself on its walking and bike paths. This is a great area to raise a family.

Germantown-Homewood Real Estate

Homes in this neighborhood are single-family homes that range from $325,000 to $895,000. They generally have quarter-acre lots with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The oldest home in the area was built in 1919 and the newest home in 1985, and yet the styles are compatible.
The median listing price in this family-friendly community is $527,500.

Education in Germantown-Homewood

Germantown-Homewood is in the Anne Arundel School District and kids in this neighborhood attend:

There are at least two middle schools and numerous private school options as well.

What’s Nearby?

Germantown-Homewood dates back to 1919. Homes are unique in style and residents are diverse with a mixture of older residents and younger families recently relocated to the area.

This community has a lot going for it. You can walk or bike easily to local establishments, West Annapolis or the historic colonial district downtown. It is also conveniently located near local freeways if your commute takes you out of the area.

This neighborhood borders Downtown Annapolis and has an active community association that hosts numerous events throughout the year.
There is a new library in the center of town. The Germantown Athletic fields are great for dogs and athletes alike. The Poplar Park Path conveniently connects local shops, pubs, and restaurants to downtown, the City Dock, St. John’s College, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the Maryland State House.

Germantown Pub

There are many parks, playgrounds and green spaces to enjoy the outdoors. Annapolis Shakespeare Company and Compass Rose Theater offer cultural diversity.

If you are a football fan, the Naval Academy Memorial Stadium hosts games six to eight times a year.

Admirals View

A private community located very close to downtown Annapolis, its convenience and character make it popular. Admirals View is largely made up of single-family townhomes in a wooded preserve area. There are 64 three-story colonial townhomes that were built around 2007-2009. For those who do not want to take care of a yard, these townhomes are a perfect option. The community has a private website that shows a lot of community events.

Admirals View Real Estate

Admirals View Real Estate

Each townhome has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a brick façade, and a two-car garage accessed by the owner’s alley.

The median price of the townhomes are $472,000. They range from 1,976 to 2,080 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 to 4 bathrooms. These are distinctive and spacious homes.

Education in Admirals View

Admirals View is in the Anne Arundel School District and kids in this neighborhood attend:

There are numerous private school options as well.

What’s Nearby?

Admirals View is just minutes from downtown Annapolis. It is near restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues. It’s walker and biker friendly for those that would rather leave their car at home.

Historic downtown Annapolis was founded in 1649 and it has an old town feel. Brick sidewalks, 17th and 18th century buildings and residences of four signers of the Declaration of Independence make it a history-lovers dream.
Annapolis also has the City Dock where you can sit on the seawall and watch sailboat races. Then you can find local cuisine, boutiques, maritime souvenirs, and many more goods. In the summer, there is an amazing farmer’s market with fruits, vegetables, seafood, cheese, eggs, and flowers.

Nearby Blackwalnut Cove

The City of Annapolis always has something going on, including street festivals, crab feasts, art walks and Croquet matches. You are sure to find something that suits your interests.

Hop in your car and you are just a short distance away from the sites in Baltimore and Washington, DC. Don’t forget the Atlantic Ocean is about an hour away for a weekend getaway.

Blackwalnut Cove

About two miles from downtown Annapolis lies the well-established community of Black Walnut Cove. It is also a short commute of 30 minutes to Baltimore and 40 minutes to Washington, DC. Black Walnut Cove is a collection of 133 single-family homes located on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula. It is close to Quiet Waters Park, Thomas Point Park, the Chesapeake Bay, and local stores and restaurants. This is a quiet community that is very family-oriented.

Blackwalnut Cove Real Estate

Homes in this neighborhood are single-family homes that range from $315,000 to $530,000. They generally have quarter-acre lots with three to four bedrooms and two to four bathrooms. They are built in a wide variety of time periods and styles. Home prices have been pretty steady for the past year.
The median listing price in this family-friendly community is $505,000.

Education in Blackwalnut Cove


Blackwalnut Cove is in the Anne Arundel School District and kids in this neighborhood attend:

There are numerous private school options as well.

What’s Nearby?

Blackwalnut Cove has everything your family wants in a neighborhood. There is a swimming pool, two community parks, playgrounds and basketball court. Many of these have picnic tables and grills for an afternoon outside. Gazebos host community events throughout the year.

With old-growth trees, inland waterways, and walking paths in the parks, this area is great for athletes and those just wanting to walk their pets.

Like most areas in the Annapolis expanse, there is plenty of water access. Blackwalnut Creek can be accessed from the Community Pier. There is a fishing and crabbing dock. And if paddles sports are your passion, there are canoe and kayak storage racks as well as a launching ramp.

PAL Park and Quiet Waters Park are conveniently located right in the neighborhood as well. Thomas Point Park, the Chesapeake Bay, and local shops and restaurants ensure there is always something new to discover.

Thomas Point Park

Blackwalnut Cove is a 30 minute drive to Baltimore and 40 minutes to Washington, DC. for those who commute to the cities for work and wants to live in a peaceful community. These two places offer endless recreation and cultural opportunities, including professional sports, historic areas, cultural meccas, fine dining opportunities, and shopping excursions.

Whether you are looking to live close to the waterways, or near major metropolitan areas, the Annapolis area has the charm and character that you are looking for. While there is a large population, there are quiet areas that are perfect for raising a family. Annapolis is sure to have a neighborhood that is perfect for you.

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