Written By Malcolm Lawson

A Local’s Guide To Living In Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis is Maryland’s state capitol and located on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River. Annapolis is known as the sailboat capital of the world and boating plays a big part in the culture of Annapolis.  Annapolis is also known for it’s food and is home to many great restaurants.

Annapolis is also the home of the United States Naval Academy founded in 1845. All Navy officers go through training at this Academy.

Annapolis, Maryland Parks

Parks In Annapolis, Maryland

Quiet Waters Park is one of the best parks in all of Maryland.  It is 340 acres and packed full of things to do. From the outdoor ice rink(open in the winter), to the paved walking trails, to boat rentals, to playgrounds and more. Access to this park is one of the many perks of living in Annapolis MD.

Sandy Point State Park is 786 acres of land located along the Chesapeake Bay with views of the Bay Bridge. The park features a large beach and multiple picnic areas.  It is also the home to many events throughout the year such as the Polar Bear Plunge.

Truxtun Park is located on Spa Creek and features a boat launch, a recreation center, walking trails and a seasonal pool with classes.  It is a local favorite for those living in Annapolis MD.

Things To Do In Annapolis

Things To Do In Annapolis, Maryland

A favorite activity for those living in Annapolis MD is to simply go to downtown Annapolis and walk around the City Dock.  You will find great views of the water and plenty of sailboats as well as plenty of restaurants to choose from. My wife and I often go here on date nights.

The B&A Trail is another major perk to living in Annapolis MD.  The trail used to be a railroad track connecting Annapolis to Baltimore and is now a 13.3-mile jogging and hiking trail. I work with many clients who specifically want to be close to this trail when buying a home in Annapolis.

The United States Naval Academy plays a big role in shaping the culture of Annapolis.  The Academy offers public tours which go over the history of the academy and points out some of its iconic features.  If you are planning on living in Annapolis MD, I recommend taking this tour at least once, if not more.

Shopping In Annapolis

Westfield Annapolis, known as the Annapolis Mall, is the main shopping hub for those living in Annapolis MD.  It has gone through recent renovations and is fully updated with a hip, family-friendly vibe.  The mall features an 11-screen movie theater. The mall was also featured on Animal Planet’s show called “Tanked” when they installed a large custom fish tank.

Westfield Mall In Annapolis

The Annapolis Towne Center is known as a “lifestyle complex” and features condos for rent on its upper floors and stores and restaurants on its ground floor. You will find a Whole Foods, a Target and many other great restaurants and shops here.

The Annapolis Harbor Center is a retail complex with a small-town feel and features several specialty shops, a large movie theater & an Amish Market which is a local favorite of those living in Annapolis MD.  My wife and I personally love the pretzel dogs from here which is a hot dog and cheese encased within a pretzel.

Downtown Annapolis is also a great place to do your shopping.  There are many boutique and local stores to choose from.

Annapolis Schools

Living in Annapolis MD gives you access to several great schools.  These schools include West Annapolis Elementary School, Annapolis Middle School, and Annapolis High School.  See a full list of Annapolis schools here https://www.greatschools.org/maryland/annapolis/schools/

Annapolis is also the home to St. John’s College which was established in 1789.

Cost Of Living In Annapolis, Maryland

There are 39,321 people living in Annapolis MD.  The median housing value in Annapolis is $372,168.  If you look at 21403 zip code specifically, which is considered “Downtown Annapolis”, the median home value is $474,784. This is higher than the median house value for the state of Maryland which is $312,500.  
The median rent for those living in Annapolis MD is $1,498/mo.

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Moving to Annapolis Maryland

If you are thinking about moving to Annapolis, I’d be happy to help. I have lived in the Annapolis area my entire life and helped many families relocate here.

Mathew Arnold real estate agent.

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