A Local's Guide To Living in Two Rivers in Odenton, Maryland
Two Rivers offers far more than just a home: it’s a community. A Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), Two Rivers has walkable streets and bike paths. The community covers close to 1,500 acres, with more than 700 acres of green space. This includes an event lawn, garden, nature center, and ponds. The center, though, is the expansive Cattail Lake.
Everything is always in perfect condition, thanks to a dedicated team that takes care of the grounds. This includes lawn maintenance, a trash service, and snow removal in winter.
The name Two Rivers is derived from the fact that the community lies between the Patuxent River and the Little Patuxent River. Just outside the community are miles of paved and natural trails for hiking and biking. These cover a protected preserve and wetlands near the rivers. The trails connect to the 13-mile Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis (WB&A) trail system.
Two Rivers offer something for everyone. They have both a 55+ and over section as well as an all-ages section and 8 different home builders with many different models for you to choose from.
Two Rivers 55+ Community
The active adult community of Two Rivers is called 55 & Better. Each section has its own rules — in some cases, all residents need to be at least 55 years old, whereas other sections require only one resident to meet the age requirement. In total, there are almost 1,000 homes for active adults, around three-quarters of which have already been sold.
In addition to the homes, 55 & Better residents have exclusive access to The Village Club, which has an award-winning clubhouse called Founders Club. Among other amenities, the clubhouse has a fitness center with yoga studio, meeting rooms, games, a cyber café, a ballroom and more.
There’s also both a heated indoor pool and a resort-style outdoor pool with a deck and outdoor kitchen on the premises. Nearby are tennis courts and pickleball courts. This range of amenities is one of the most comprehensive you’ll find in any community in the DC metropolitan area.
If you like gardening, you’ll love living at Two Rivers. The more than 100-acre community garden features raised garden beds with high fencing to keep plants safe from deer and rabbits. You rent a space and can plant whatever you want: fruits or vegetables, flowers or herbs. Water stations make it easy to maintain your garden, and you’ll have all the equipment you need on hand in the shared tools shed.
Two Rivers All-Ages Community
The newest part of Two Rivers is called The Hamlets and has no restrictions on age at all. It’s separate from, but located adjacent to, 55 & Better. The Hamlets is divided into five sections, which together consist of more than 1,000 single-family homes.
Residents of The Hamlets have their own clubhouse, called The Hamlet Club, which holds events including movie and game nights. There’s also an outdoor pool with a competition section consisting of six lanes and plenty of places to play sports in the tennis, sand volleyball, basketball, and multi-sport courts. For the youngest residents, there is also a tot lot and play stations.
Two Rivers Amenities
- Community pools
- Parks and Playgrounds
- Dog park
- Sand Volleyball Court
- Social coordinator
- Fitness center
- Tennis court
- Cyber Cafe
- Yoga Classes
- Near military base(s)
- Community Gardens
- 7+ Miles of Walking & Biking Trails
Wherever you live in Two Rivers, you will enjoy the community lifestyle. It’s easy to make friends with neighbors, as there are numerous opportunities to socialize. There are parties for every major holiday, plus smaller events every day of the week. These events range from games and sewing to fitness — use them as a chance to pick up a new hobby or find a new way to stay in shape. Plus, once a month on Sundays, there is a cooking class in the demonstration kitchen.
Other activities tend to happen organically. For instance, residents may decide to hold a backyard barbecue and invite friends to drop in. It’s not uncommon for a multi-generational football game to break out.
Even your dog will have the chance to socialize at Two Rivers! In fact, the private dog park is a great place to meet like-minded people. Thanks to the abundance of shade and water, you can let your furry family member run free and play for as long as you like.
Best Location In Maryland
Two Rivers is located in what we call the Golden Triangle. Less than 20 miles away from Baltimore, 20 miles from Washington DC, and 15 miles from Annapolis, all the best attractions and Maryland and DC offers are only a short drive away.
Living in Odenton
Odenton is located at the intersection of Maryland routes 170 and 175. It is situated between Gambrills, Crofton, and Severn. The Crain Highway is also nearby, which takes you to Washington DC. In addition, you are only 10 miles from BWI Marshall Airport.
An important residential and business zone, Odenton feels almost like a small city. Most significantly, Odenton borders Fort G. Meade, an army installation that houses the NSA headquarters, the US Cyber Command, and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Fort Meade is the biggest employer in the state and has the third-largest army workforce. The MARC Penn Line station near Fort Meade serves Odenton.
Things to Do Near Two Rivers
Being located in the “Golden Triangle” there are plenty of attractions outside Two Rivers, in Odenton and its surroundings. Everything from nature parks to national museums to boat tours of the Chesapeake Bay.
Nature and Recreational Activities
Odenton is full of parks and places to enjoy nature. For instance, Odenton Park is an ideal spot for picnics. There are also several fields and courts for playing different sports and a paved jogging track.
An activity available all year round is ice skating at Piney Orchard Ice Arena. The Washington Capitals used to practice at the rink; now, it’s a place for anyone to skate for pleasure or competitively.
Two Rivers is a short distance from Waugh Chapel Towne Center, where you’ll find various shops and restaurants. Other places for shopping include Academy Junction Plaza Shopping Center, Village Shopping Center, and Odenton Shopping Center.
Local Day Trips
One must-see attraction for Maryland residence is the Baltimore National Aquarium. Here you can get up close and personal with many species of sharks, skates, and other aquatic life. They also have a very impressive bird sanctuary and boast over 20,000 Animals with over 800 Species total in the Aquarium. While you are there, make sure to taking in all the sights to see around the rest of the Baltimore Inner Harbour.
20 miles away in Washington DC, you will also find some of the finest museums our nation has to offer. From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to the National Gallery of Art, you will find something for everyone. Or simply explore the National Mall and the many monuments throughout Washington DC.
If you are looking to explore Maryland’s history, take a stroll around Downtown Annapolis. Grab a bite to eat at one of the great restaurants downtown. For some recommendations, check out our articles on the Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants In Annapolis or 5 Best Restaurants In Eastport, Annapolis. If you are looking to explore the Chesapeake Bay, then check some of the many Boat Tours out of Annapolis.
Cost Of Living In Two Rivers
As homes in Two Rivers are luxury villas and single-family homes, they are more expensive than the median price in the Odenton area. In 55 & Better, home prices start at $450,000 and go up to more than $630,000. In The Hamlets, prices start at $530,000 and cost up to more than $700,000. These are both higher then Odenton as a whole where the median home value is $338,105.
There are 8 different builders developed the homes for Two Rivers, which has led to a variety of unique (though cohesive) designs. Properties come in several different floor plans, all of which have master suites on the main level and porches to create a familiar neighborhood feel.
Floor plans start at 1,407 square feet, and the largest homes are 3,968 square feet. All the properties have at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms; some have as many as six bedrooms and five bathrooms. Properties with basements give you the chance to personalize your home, such as by including an additional bedroom, perhaps with another bathroom. All the homes also come with a one- or two-car garage, which is located at the back of the property for improved curb appeal.
Two Rivers Builders
Two Rivers has over 8 different home builders in The Hamlets (all ages) and 55 & Better (55+ community). Each builder has their own sub-divisions they are building within Two Rivers they are building in with shared community amenities.
- Ryan Homes
- D.R. Horton
- Classic Group
- Stanley Martin
- Richmond American Homes
- Mitchel & Best
Read our full review of D.R. Horton New Construction here.
Schools in Odenton
Two Rivers is popular with parents due to the many schools in Odenton and the surrounding area, the vast majority of which are rated above average.
The one middle school is Arundel Middle.
You can get more information and read reviews about each of these schools at GreatSchools.org
Purchasing a Home in Two Rivers
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