The town of Shady Side is composed of three subdivisions: Columbia Beach, Cedarhurst on the Bay, and West Shady Side, each of which has its own unique style, culture, and tradition. The 60 year old community of Columbia Beach was established as a private community and today remains open to residents only. Known for its quiet streets and long promenades, Columbia Beach is the perfect place to enjoy the vacation lifestyle year-round.
Cedarhurst on the Bay, established in the 1920's, prides itself on its nostalgic charm and architectural integrity. Homes in Cedarhurst are original 1920's era cottages with clapboard siding, painted shutters, and a beautifully restored community pier. West Shady Side is a large neighborhood with its own active community association, expansive docks, and majestic old estate homes that boast exceptional views of the Chesapeake Bay and the West River.
While life in Shady Side revolves around the water, residents enjoy the close proximity to their larger neighbors of Baltimore, Washington DC, and Annapolis. Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor has drawn in tourists for decades that come to see the unparalleled water views while visiting the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Washington, DC, the nation's capitol, is also just a short drive away and boasts the world-class Smithsonian Museums, gourmet restaurants, and designer shopping, while Maryland's state capitol of Annapolis allows visitors to travel back in time for a glimpse of Maryland history.
Residents of Shady Side enjoy being part of the state's highly regarded Anne Arundel County Public School System and schools in the area boast low student to teacher ratios ensuring that children receive a highly personalized education.