Almost nothing in life is more eagerly anticipated than retirement. After a full and busy life, most people eagerly await the time they can relax more, enjoy their family and focus on recreation rather than work. A big part of retirement includes moving to an area where the needs of the retirees can be met. People from all over the nation have found that retiring in Annapolis, Maryland offers a lot to those reaching their golden years.
Annapolis is the county seat of Anne Arundel County and enjoys a prime location right on the famous Chesapeake Bay. The city, rich in American history going back to 1649, is nationally known for its recreational boating community. This makes buying a home and retiring in Annapolis attractive to those wanting to spend their time on the water. However there is much more in the Annapolis area than just boating! Annapolis and its suburban communities offer a slice of rural living even while the vibrant cities of Washington D.C. and Baltimore are only a little over a half hour drive away.
For those looking to retire in Annapolis, there are many options for single family homes, gated or 55+ communities and assisted living options. The median house sells for $381,000 with an average age of 39 years. Much of southern Anne Arundel Country is made up of single family homes with plenty of elbow room.
There are many communities catering to those retiring in Annapolis. Some examples are:
- Bay Woods of Annapolis which offers both retirement homes and assisted living.
- Heritage Harbor has all the comforts of community living while you own your own home.
- Ginger Cove: Right on Gingerville Creek, this a continuing care retirement community for those wanting a focus on wellness care.
Another factor making Annapolis attractive for retirement is the availability of excellent health care. Not only does Annapolis have one of the best medical centers in the country (Anne Arundel Medical Center was named among the top 65 hospitals in the U.S. by the Leapfrog Group) it is close to such famous hospitals as Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and the George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. For those with V.A. care needs, the numerous military bases in the area such as Andrews Air Force Base allow for quick and convenient care for veteran retirees.
Beyond the area’s numerous activities, it also is close to many transit options. The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train lines allow quick access to Camden Yards stadium, downtown Baltimore and the Baltimore/Washington International (BMI) Airport. To the east is the Ronald Reagan National Airport in the Capital. For those retiring in Annapolis with their own plane, Annapolis has three small independent airfields.
For those retiring in Annapolis there are many recreational activities on and off the water. On the water there is everything from fishing and yachting to crabbing and water-skiing. Off the water, the area boasts 8 golf courses in the greater Annapolis area alone with many more to be found nearby in the Baltimore and the D.C. Metro areas. Numerous golf clubs catering to beginners through expert players are here to meet the experience level of any retiree.
Shopping is easy in Annapolis, whether it be in one of the many local shops along the waterfront or the Westfield Annapolis Mall where one can mall-walk when the summer heat comes calling. There are also numerous smaller retail centers throughout the city such as Annapolis Harbor Center, Forest Plaza Shopping Center and Festival at Riva Shopping Center. These outlets hold all of the stores Americans favor like Nordstrom’s and Barnes & Noble. And the nearby Arundel Mills Mall boasts over 225 unique shopping outlets. Perhaps best of all, world class shopping in D.C. or Baltimore is just over a half an hour away!
Fine dining is found throughout Annapolis like Harry Browne’s Restaurant which serves up the area’s best seafood. Other notable eateries are the Ristorante Piccola Roma for a night of Italian food, or a touch of French food at the Treaty of Paris restaurant in the historic Maryland Inn. If you’re looking for fine wine, spirits or beer, one can find great tastes at the Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits along with the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
Along with all of the historical areas in Annapolis proper, a short drive brings one too many famous Civil War battlefields, National Museums such as the Smithsonian and the many other attractions in our nation’s capital and neighboring Virginia. Best of all, there is a wealth of activities one can do with children and when the grandkids come to visit.