- The Washington Times - Friday, June 13, 2008

Anne Arundel County’s 534 miles of coastline attract residents and visitors who enjoy sailing,

fishing and crabbing. The U.S. Naval Academy and historic downtown Annapolis bring in more visitors, some of whom have decided to make this charming city their home.

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. (www.aaedc.org) estimates that 518,000 people live in the county, which is convenient to Baltimore and Washington and offers its own array of recreational and cultural activities and entertainment.

The Anne Arundel County Web site (www.aacounty.org) reports that the first European settlers arrived in the county in 1649 when the settlement known as Providence, on the north shore of the Severn River opposite the location of present-day Annapolis, was founded by a group of nonconformist Virginia Puritans.

Anne Arundel County, created in 1650 by the Maryland General Assembly, was named after the wife of Cecil Calvert, who had been granted the Colony by King Charles I.

Initially dependent on tobacco, the economy of Anne Arundel County shifted during the 19th century as the area’s importance increased as a regional transportation link along the railroad between Baltimore and the rest of the state. Seafood and associated industries, along with crops such as corn, wheat, hay and fruit, also became more important than tobacco during the 19th century.

Anne Arundel County’s economy grew as the result of an increase in recreational visitors, beginning in the late 1880s with the opening of summer resorts such as Bay Ridge, “The Queen Resort of the Chesapeake,” the county Web site reports. Rail and steamboat access brought visitors from the Baltimore area to the northern part of the county.

The movement toward suburban living and industrialization added to growth in the county during the second half of the 20th century, when employers such as the National Plastics Corp. (Nevamar) and Westinghouse moved into the county.

Military employers such as The Naval Academy and Fort George Meade also encouraged local growth, along with shopping malls and the opening of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (formerly known as Friendship International Airport) in 1950.

The 10 largest public sector employers in the county today include Fort George Meade, the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, BWI Airport, the state, county and city governments, the Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Yard and Tenant Command, Anne Arundel Community College and the U.S. Postal Service.

The largest private-sector employers in Anne Arundel include Northrop Grumman, Southwest Airlines, the Anne Arundel Health System, Computer Sciences Corp., Arinc (aircraft and avionics telecommunication systems), Booz Allen Hamilton, Allegis Group (IT and engineering placement), Verizon Communications MD, and Lockheed Martin, according to the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. (www.aaedc.org). Recommendations of the Defense Department’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) committee are anticipated to consolidate more that 5,700 jobs at Fort Meade by 2011. The county government estimates an influx of 33,000 new jobs regionally as a result of BRAC.

Development of new homes for the current residents and anticipated new residents clusters primarily in two areas of the county: Annapolis and in the area linked by Odenton, Fort Meade and BWI Airport.

Annapolis Towne Centre, a mixed-use development with condominiums built above the retail space, will have about 2.2 million square feet, with 700,000 square feet of retail space, 150,000 square feet of office space, a 100,000-square-foot hotel and nearly 1 million square feet for residential use. This $800 million project sits on a 32-acre site. The retail component is anticipated to open in October, and the first phase of residential development will begin occupancy in March 2009.

Sturbridge Homes is building 150 condominium homes at GrandView at Annapolis Towne Centre, where residents can enjoy a rooftop swimming pool, hot tub and lounge, a fitness center, a social club and concierge services in addition to the shops and restaurants of the development.

The homes have one to three bedrooms with one to three full baths, some with a half bath. Standard features include 10- and 11-foot ceilings, ceramic tile flooring in the foyer, kitchen and baths; granite counters in the kitchen and a master bath. Many of the homes have a covered balcony.

The homes have 840 to 3,654 finished square feet, with base prices from $475,000 to $2,000,000. Condominium association fees are $462 and up per month.

Call 410/268-1798 or visit www.sturbridgehomes.com.

JBJ/Carlyle Park Place LP is building condominiums at the Residences at Park Place in Annapolis, a seven-story building with an outdoor swimming pool, exercise facilities, a dog park, a library, a community entertainment lounge, a theater room and concierge services.

This mixed-use development has reserved parking, shops and restaurants. The one- to three-bedroom homes have one or two baths, an electric fireplace, granite kitchen counters, high-tech wiring, ceramic tile flooring in the baths and a stacked washer and dryer. Some of the homes have balconies or terraces and some have a luxury master bath with a tub and separate shower.

The homes have about 800 to 2,000 finished square feet, with base prices from $429,000 to $2,000,000. Condominium association fees average $572 per month.

Call 888/761-3061 or visit www.parkplace-annapolis.com.

K. Hovnanian Homes is building 76 single-family homes at Monticello in Annapolis, near the intersection of U.S. 50 and Interstate 97.

These brick- or stone-front homes have 2,658 to 4,645 finished square feet, with four bedrooms, two or three full baths, a half bath and a two-car garage. Standard features include high ceilings, a gas fireplace, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring and a master bath.

The homes are base-priced from $649,990 to $799,990.

Call 410/224-4440 or visit www.khov.com.

Winchester Homes Inc. is building 64 town homes with brick fronts and two-car garages at Admirals View.

Priced from $473,000, these homes include hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, high-tech wiring and a kitchen with maple cabinets and granite counters.

Call 301/591-0713 or visit www.winchesterhomes.com.

At Broad Creek Landing, Winchester Homes is building 24 single-family homes on quarter-acre sites. These homes have 3,124 to 4,343 finished square feet, with oak stairs, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, a gas fireplace, high ceilings and a master bath.

The homes are base-priced from $671,000 to $837,000. Just one homesite is still available at this community. Call 410/793-4459 or visit www.winchesterhomes.com.

At Homeport, Winchester Homes and the company’s luxury homes division, Camberley Homes, are building single-family homes with water access or a waterfront site.

Winchester Homes is building 24 homes with brick or stone fronts, oak stairs, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, a gas fireplace and maple cabinets with granite counters in the kitchen.

The homes have 3,532 to 5,902 square feet, with base prices from $950,000 to $1,265,000.

Camberley Homes is building five waterfront homes on 1-acre or larger sites, each with a brick or stone front, high ceilings, oak stairs, a gas fireplace, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, Energy Star certification and a kitchen with wood cabinets, granite counters and upgraded stainless steel appliances.

These homes have 5,984 to 6,935 finished square feet, with base prices from $2,093,000 to $2,520,000. Call 410/793-4461 for Winchester, 410/715-6745 for Camberley or visit www.winchesterhomes.com.

Caruso Homes Inc. is building brick-front town homes at the Vineyards of Annapolis, priced from the upper $500,000s. Each three-story home has a three-level sunroom extension, a finished recreation room on the lower level, high ceilings, and a kitchen with Corian counters, a center island and 42-inch cabinets.

Call 410/263-0505 or visit www.carusohomes.com.

Porten Homes is building single-family homes priced from $699,000 and up at Annapolis Ridge, each with a brick front, four bedrooms and 3 1/2baths. The homes have more than 3,500 finished square feet, with standard features such as granite counters in the center-island kitchen, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring, high ceilings, a gas fireplace and a two-tiered, columned front porch.

Call 410/573-0445 or visit www.portenhomes.com.

In addition to the development taking place near Annapolis, new homes are being built closer to Fort Meade and BWI Airport.

Near Odenton, Winchester Homes is building 252 single-family homes at Chapel Grove. Two collections of homes are available, all with brick or stone fronts, a gas fireplace, high ceilings, hardwood and ceramic tile flooring and a master bath.

Base prices range from $607,000 to $746,000.

Call 410/695-4415 or visit www.winchesterhomes.com.

In Severn, Ryan Homes is building several new communities. At Colonial Woods, single-family homes priced from the low to mid-$400,000s are available. Located minutes from shopping areas, these homes have up to five bedrooms and up to 4 1/2 baths, with a two-car garage.

Call 410/519-4372 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Nearby at Willow Woods, Ryan is building four-bedroom homes on wooded homesites of more than 2 acres.

These homes have 2 1/2 baths and a two- or three-car garage, with base prices from the mid-$400,000s to the mid-$500,000s.

At Waverly Farm, also in Severn, Ryan is building single-family homes with four bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a two- or three-car garage.

The homes are priced from the upper $400,000s to the mid-$500,000s.

Call 410/969-5749 for both or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

Toll Bros. Inc. is building town homes and single- family homes at the Enclave at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, a planned community with a community center, a swimming pool, tennis courts, walking trails and playgrounds. The town homes, base-priced from $444,975 to $474,975, have from 2,119 to 2,203 finished square feet with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths and a garage.

The brick-front single-family homes have four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths with a two-car garage. These homes are base-priced from $581,975 to $615,975.

Call 443/755-9400 or visit www.tollbrothers.com.

At the Villages of Dorchester in Hanover, Ryan is building single-family homes, villas and town homes. The community includes a clubhouse, a swimming pool, recreation fields and walking trails, and is close to mall shopping.

The single-family homes have four bedrooms, up to 3 1/2baths and a two-car garage. These homes are priced from the upper $300,000s to the low $400,000s.

The town homes and villas are priced from the low $300,000s.

Call 410/379-8375 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

At Forest Creek in Hanover, Ryan is building single-family homes on one-third-acre wooded homesites placed on cul-de-sacs.

These homes have up to five bedrooms and up to five baths, with a two-car garage and base prices from the mid-$400,000s to the low $500,000s.

Nearby at Willow Bend, Ryan is building ranch and two-story single-family homes on cul-de-sac sites. These homes, priced from the low to mid-$400,000s, have up to five bedrooms and up to five bathrooms with a two-car garage.

Call 410/796-7046 for both communities or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

At Stoney Run in Hanover, Ryan is building two styles of condominiums, including midrise elevator buildings and two-level town-home-style condominiums with garages.

These homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s to the low $300,000s.

Call 410/519-5743 or visit www.ryanhomes.com.

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