Originally named Providence by its Puritan settlers, Maryland's capitol was renamed Annapolis in honor of Queen Anne, who formally chartered the city in 1708. Its prime location on the Chesapeake Bay contributed to a thriving shipping culture that produced a prosperous population of merchants who, in turn, filled the city with the grand homes and centers of commerce which now make up America's largest collection of original 18th century buildings. The bay continues to play a key role in Annapolis' maritime culture and boaters frequently flock to the charming harbor.
Today, Annapolis serves not only as Maryland's political hub, home to the governor and the state Assembly, whose state house is the oldest in the nation, but holds a booming business district and several well-known Universities. Students from all over the world flock to Annapolis to attend the prestigious US Naval Academy and St. John's College, the third oldest college in America. Each of the institutions' picturesque campuses enhance the overall beauty of this culturally diverse community rich with tradition and history and their student populations contribute to a burgeoning cultural scene.
While artistic institutions like the Maryland Hall for the Arts continue to be delight the public with their semi annual symphonies, ballets, and theatrical productions, Annapolis' main attraction has long been its quaint shopping district, which frames the breathtaking harbor of the bay. Packed with high end boutiques, coffee shops, art galleries featuring works by local artists, and gourmet restaurants, downtown Annapolis is the perfect place to bring your family for a day of fun or a lifetime of memories.
Its close proximity to the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington, DC, strong public and private schools, and unparalleled waterfront views, make Annapolis an ideal home for professionals looking to enjoy a maritime lifestyle. Annapolis provides homebuyers with an upscale atmosphere and a wide variety of architectural styles in a remarkable, retreat-like setting.