Nearby Neighbors: All About Annapolis
Back in the day, the colonial capital city of Annapolis was considered the Athens of America. For hundreds of years, Annapolis has been known for its wealth of cultural activities, seasonal festivals, and gracious hospitality.
Today Annapolis brings in over four million people annually to its shores, but the ambiance and tidewater cuisine has been attracting guests since its early days. The capital of Maryland was originally called Providence when it was first settled by Puritans. Awhile later the name was changed to, “Anne Arundel’s Towne,” in honor of the wife of Lord Baltimore.
Later, the Royal Governor, Sir Francis Nicholson, moved the capital to its current location, from St. Mary’s City, and renamed it Annapolis. The name was chosen as a way to honor Princess Anne, who at the time, was heir to the throne.
As Queen, Anne officially chartered the colonial town as a city in 1708. Today the Annapolis flag depicts her royal badge with a crown over entwined thistle of Scotland and Tudor rose of England.
When Sir Francis designed Annapolis, he chose to construct a city worthy of a Queen by forgoing the common grid system and instead opting for a baroque plan, similar to other beautiful well-known European capitals. The circles of Annapolis radiate outward with streets to create focus points and highlight important structures, such as the Maryland State House which resides in the center of State Circle in downtown Annapolis.
One such admirer of this design was President George Washington, who later requested Pierre L’Enfant to create a similar design in the nation’s capital.
As a thriving shipping industry, much wealth was brought to Annapolis which was reflected in the beautiful mansions that were designed to rival those of England. The homes, which entertained many of our Founding Fathers, featured lavish ballrooms and formal gardens such as the William Paca House in downtown Annapolis.
Today, many of these homes are open to the public and operated by the Historic Annapolis Foundation. A variety of events, tours and exhibitions take place on these very grounds, offering visitors further insight into life when Annapolis was first founded.
Along with the historic mansions, Annapolis features a wealth of art from the various galleries downtown, to the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts—a thriving center for performance and fine arts, not to mention a variety of classes for all age ranges. Annapolis is home to several resident companies from ballet, to the symphony, to the opera and chorale, many of which perform at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.
Throughout the year, many concerts take place for both visitors and residents and are hosted from small theatre groups and bands to the larger institutions such as the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College—which was founded in 1696 as King William’s School. These two schools in particular are known for their contributions to the Annapolis community, especially through their annual Annapolis Cup event—a croquet game which takes place on the front lawn of the St. John’s campus.
Along with these two longstanding educational institutions, Annapolis contains great historical significance. During the Revolutionary War, Maryland’s capital was also the country’s capital when the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the war. Four signers of the Declaration of Independence were Maryland residents with impressive homes that still stand today.
In honor of Annapolis’s significance in our country’s history, many pubs and restaurants still serve similar cuisine dating back to the menus of the 18th century. Today, Annapolis is still a thriving historic community with a wide range of offerings for all ages and both residents and non-residents of Maryland!
7 Tips for Going Green-Friendly at Home
Purchasing a new home is a wise decision for so many reasons, including energy and resource efficiency! As you consider your move to our beautiful Odenton, Maryland active adult community, here are some great tips for going green in your new home.
1. Go Sustainable: Use non-toxic refinishes and recycled and sustainable materials whenever you can. Maximize your use of recycled and sustainable materials in your home from the cutting boards you use in your kitchen to the decor accents.
2. Be Smart with Lighting: Trade an incandescent lightbulb for a compact fluorescent one. Doing so can prevent over 400 pounds of greenhouse gases!
3. Kick the Bottle: The water bottle that is, by trading in your plastic ones for a glass reusable water bottle. Opt for a wide-mouth bottle so you can easily keep it clean and sparkling.
4. Keep the Air Conditioning Off: At least when you’re away from home. A/C units use a ton of energy and it saves you money too. So whenever you’re out of the house, turn off the unit.
5. Be Wise with Heat: Same as your air conditioner, the heater in your home burns a lot of energy as well. Use heat sparingly and check for any drafts coming from doors or windows. This is an easy fix with a little caulk. But, in your new home at The Villages at Two Rivers, you won’t need to worry about any escaping heat!
6. Go Natural: Kick the chemical habit with green-friendly cleaning chemicals for your kitchen, bath and other areas of your new home. They’re better for the environment, your health and your new Maryland home.
7. Have Fun Shopping: Switch to reusable bags that you can use grocery shopping and running errands. Pick reusable bags that you love, that are colorful and that add a little something special to your errand running task.
Special Offer: Half Off Custom Features for Your Villa!
Relax and enjoy life when you call Classic Group’s villas at The Villages at Two Rivershome. Located at the epicenter of Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC, these spacious homes offer main level living with a first floor master suite, main level laundry room and attached garage. No need to bring your shovel either – the homeowners association takes care of the snow removal for all community walkways and roads so you can enjoy all of this:*
-15,000 sq. ft. Clubhouse (Opening Late March 2016) with resort-style amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness & exercise center and 4 tennis courts
-160-acre environmental park, walking trails and more as part of the community’s preserved space
-Close to a wealth of cultural, dining and entertainment options
Our beautiful 2-3 bedroom villas come well appointed with granite countertops and hardwood in the kitchen and entry areas and can be customized to create the home of your dreams when you select from a variety of interior and exterior finishes. Choose from 4 spacious floorplan options with first floor master-suites starting from the $360s. All include a loft for extra living space and a garage.
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The Villages at Two Rivers – Maryland’s Premier Active Adult Community
Hey Maryland Active Adults: You’ll Love What The Classic Group Has to Offer at The Villages at Two Rivers.
You know all about it:
You know all about it, because you’ve heard it all before. Here, in our little corner of Maryland, set on nearly 1,500 panoramic acres, The Villages at Two Rivers has everything an active adult like yourself could want: peace and quiet; a convenient location; and exceptional amenities that include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a culinary center with demonstration kitchen, and miles of trails, trails, trails.
Sure, all that alone is enough to make you say, “Sign me up!”
But wait — there’s so much more to know:
To know The Villages at Two Rivers is to love The Villages at Two Rivers.
And to love The Villages at Two Rivers is to know The Classic Group.
With over 35 years experience, and devoted founders Richard Sullivan and Stephen Eckert at the helm, Bethesda-based The Classic Group prides itself on having built more than 7500 homes on more than 12,000 homesites in the Baltimore-Washington area. Maryland active adults who seek their next, best oasis — a place all their own, to live out these best years of their lives — will be delighted to find The Anne, The Baldwin, The Carroll, The Vivien, or The Madeline has just was they desire… and all from The Classic Group.
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