Like Deale, Shady Side’s charm comes from its atmosphere and beaches while still being close enough to Annapolis, Baltimore, and D.C. to give residents access to all manner of shopping, recreational and employment opportunities. The commute, however, is a bit longer at an average of 47 minutes.
Unlike Deale, Shady Side’s homes only average 28.1 years of age and are less expensive with the median price being $270,600. The vacancy rate of 13.6% and slight depreciation in home values due to the realignment in the housing market makes this area a prime place to invest in a home.
In the 1790s the area was known as the Great Swamp. Capt. Salem Avery House & Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Nestled on the West River, visit and tour this charming, historic home and waterfront property. It is the perfect destination for learning about the life and livelihood of a Chesapeake Bay waterman in the late 19th century. The Lula G. Scott Community Center was also listed in 2009. Shady Side was once served by the sidewheel passenger steamer Emma Giles that operated from Baltimore, Maryland, making up to five trips per week.