Quaint and charming are common descriptors for Annapolis, a coastal town that is best known for being the state capital of Maryland and home to the United States Naval Academy.


Water defines this town, and boaters, fishermen, and watersports enthusiasts all flock to the area for the recreational opportunities the Chesapeake Bay and Severn River provide. The coastal location also provides ample culinary delights for seafood lovers.


The historic downtown area is the heart of Annapolis. There is a lot to do in this highly walkable area, from exploring the City Dock to enjoying a cold treat at one of the city’s many ice cream parlors. Annapolis is also home to frequent festivals, including some downright quirky events. The Sock Burning Festival, a symbolic farewell to winter, is held each spring, and the Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Tug o’ War between Eastport and Annapolis is the longest overwater tug of war contest in the world.


Annapolis is also a regional cultural center with galleries, museums, and theaters to enjoy. The Annapolis Shakespeare Company performs a mix of classic theater year-round, and Annapolis boasts its own opera company, an orchestra, and a ballet company. Not bad for a small city!


Sailors—both professional and recreational—are everywhere in this waterfront community. The city is the state capital and as such is home to many legislators and government officials.

Neighborhood Feel

Home types and prices vary widely across Annapolis. Cape cods, colonials, split-levels, condos, and apartments are all available. The downtown area has a happening vibe and is highly walkable. Areas further out have a more typical suburban feel.

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Neighborhood Location

USNA – Gate 1
Drive Time to Gate
10 to 18* minutes
By Transit
Bus – 15 minutes

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Navy – Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Maryland State House

Maryland World War II Memorial

Sandy Point State Park

Annapolis Maritime Museum

Jonas Green State Park

Chase-Lloyd House

Thomas Point Park

Maryland Federation of Art

Charles Carroll House

Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek

French Soldiers Monument

Big Plus

You will not lack things to do in this vibrant city with a robust cultural scene, great restaurants, and nearly every water-based activity you can imagine.

The area—especially the quaint downtown—is beautiful and desirable, with lots of character and charm.

Things to Consider

Prepare yourself for sticker shock—this area can be very pricey, especially near the water.

Outside of the historic area, Annapolis loses some of its charm and has a typical suburban vibe.

Traffic congestion, especially when there is an event at the Naval Academy and during peak tourist season, is a reality in this popular town.

There is an income disparity in Annapolis, with some low-income areas peppered among exclusive neighborhoods. There are limited property options for the middle class.

How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Annapolis is $401,300 according to the Zillow Home Value Index. Home Values are forecasted to increase by 3.0% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single family homes in Annapolis is $2,240.

School Scoop

Schools in Annapolis are part of the Anne Arundel County Public School District (AACPS), a large district with 126 schools enrolling 81,000 students. Seventeen schools in the district were recipients of the National Blue Ribbon, an award recognizing overall academic excellence or a school’s progress in closing achievement gaps. Additionally, 21 AACPS schools won the Maryland Blue Ribbon. The district has an overall rating of 7 according to


Schools in the AACPS district are well-versed in addressing the needs of military children, with 8,000 military-connected children in the district.


One of the best schools in Annapolis is West Annapolis Elementary School, rated a 10 on One of the local middle schools, Bates Middle School, offers an arts magnet program. Know that school ratings vary greatly in Annapolis. Research assigned schools thoroughly to make sure the school will be a good fit for your child.


Naval Academy Primary School is a private elementary school open to children of active duty and retired military personnel and USNA employees. Children of government employees and local residents with a connection to USNA are also eligible to attend, but on a space available basis. The primary mission of the school is to serve the children from the Annapolis area military community and the school is particularly adept at addressing their needs. The school is conveniently located close to both the USNA and NSA-Annapolis.

Private school options in Annapolis include Saint Mary’s Elementary, Saint Mary’s High School, Key School, and St. Margaret’s Day School.

Highlighted Areas

Admiral Heights

Winchester On the Severn

Pendennis Mount