Connected by to Pasadena by Maryland Route 177, Gibson Island, MD is often considered part of Pasadena and lies off the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Founded in the early 1900’s, the gated community of Gibson Island, with a population of just over 200, offers a unique and colorful history along with year-round living and recreating for families and residents. The island is made up of the Gibson Island Corporation which owns most of the land.
Located north of Annapolis, Pasadena, MD is an unincorporated area of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. With a population hovering around 12,500, the metropolitan area around Pasadena was ranked No. 2 by Best Places for telecommuting and No. 3 in ‘most energetic’. Many of the people living in Pasadena commute to work each day in the surrounding towns of Glen Burnie, Severna Park and Baltimore, MD. With easy access to Route 2, this community features a small town atmosphere with big city amenities.
With just a short drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Pasadena and Gibson Island homes for sale offer a variety of vacation and rental homes along with permanent homes on or near the water. Residents living here enjoy the small town atmosphere with big city amenities nearby.
Recreation and Dining In Pasadena and Gibson Island
A variety of independently owned boutique and floral shops await the shopper in Pasadena, along with some well-known stores like Old Navy and Dress Barn for clothing and accessories. Browse for books at the popular Turning Wheel Bookstore or stock up on scrapbooking supplies at Scrapworks. Can't find what you need? The nearby Arundel Mills Mall offer a variety of department stores and specialty shops.
The Cheshire Crab Restaurant, located in the Pleasure Cove Marina, serves up fresh seafood at a waterfront setting. Hearty meals of traditional American fare can be had at the Texas Roadhouse. For an evening of gourmet food and romantic atmosphere, a date at the Tall Oaks Restaurant is in order. Gourmet pizza shops and locally owned sub shops along with a variety of Asian food options round out the dining choices Pasadena.
Situated on the Chesapeake Bay, Downs Park offers a variety of natural and recreational activities throughout its 236 acres. Downs Park offers more than five miles of paved and natural trails. Downs Park offers a fishing pier, children’s playground, two basketball courts and an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay. Reserve one of the three large outdoor pavilions for groups up to 100 people and one small pavilion for up to 50 people. A wedding garden, youth camping areaand the Chesapeake Room are available for rent.
Take in a round of golf at the 9-hole “Gibson Island Course” at The Gibson Island Club with spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay. Club members can also enjoy the tennis courts, beach access, and children’s activities in the summer. Gibson Island Club's nine-hole golf course was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald (considered by golf historians as the father of American golf course architecture) and his associate, Seth J. Raynor. The magnificent scenery afforded by the extraordinary views of the Chesapeake Bay & Magothy River as well as the golf course's unique topography provides our Members & their guests with an exceptional golf experience. Gibson Island Club's golf course ranks as one of the best nine-hole courses in the United States, and while Gibson Island Club may be Macdonald’s least known course, it is certainly among his best!
Living in Pasadena and Gibson Island
Natural beauty and access to major waterways and a family-friendly environment make Pasadena and Gibson Island some of the most desirable real estate in the country. Because of this, the cost of living is higher here than in other areas of Maryland. The medium price for Pasadena, MD homes for sale is around $386,000 with the starting point for Gibson Island home at around $985,000. The Pasadena Town Center is right on the river and heavily influenced by marina culture. This real estate is made up of single family houses and apartment buildings. The vacancy rate hovers around 3.6% which makes for a tight housing supply.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Education is held in high regard in Pasadena with spending on schools ranking above the national average. Pasadena is near to 18 public and private elementary, middle and high schools in the Anne Arundel County School District with ample opportunities for higher education in neighboring cities. Students have many choices including Anne Arundel Community College, various universities in Baltimore, other parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C., and for those who qualify, the United States Naval academy in Annapolis.
Twelve percent of the population over 25 has a Masters Degree, Ph.D or an advanced degree.
Hospitals in the greater Baltimore area serve the Pasadena area with Anne Arundel County Medical Center in Annapolis just a short drive away.
Many of the residents in Pasadena and Gibson Island commute to work with a short half hour drive each way. Shuttles to and from some of the major airports are available along with charter bus services.