Odenton Area Information
If you're looking to live in the Odenton or Fort Meade areas in Maryland, this is the right place to start.
Anne Arundel County - and the Ft. Meade area - is an amazing place. However, it can also be confusing and overwhelming for a first-timer. Between Washington DC and Baltimore, the Ft. Meade area is densely populated, geographically spread out, and, depending on where you are coming from, expensive.
Chesapeake Property Management and Yaffe Real Estate have first-hand knowledge of Anne Arundel County. Not only did we once have an office in Odenton, but we also have strong family ties to the area.
Odenton is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. The population was 20,534 at the 2000 census. The town is named after former Governor of Maryland, Oden Bowie. It is bordered by Gambrills to the east, Severn to the north, Fort Meade to the west, and Crofton to the south. It is located at the intersection of Maryland routes 170 and 175 and is parallel to Route 32. The zipcode is 21113
In recent years the Odenton area has become the fastest-growing area in the county. This is because of its location near Fort George G. Meade, NSA headquarters, and its proximity to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Annapolis. The development has been fueled by the construction of the massive Piney Orchard development as well as the soon to be under-construction Odenton Town Center.
The town of Odenton was formed in 1868 with the construction of the Baltimore Potomac (B&P) Railroad connecting Baltimore and Washington, D. C.. Where the B&P crossed the A&ER, a train station and telegraph office were constructed and named for Oden Bowie, President of the B&P and former governor of Maryland. Train service to the station began on July 2, 1872. That train station is now part of the MARC commuter line.
The residents of Odenton celebrate their proud history every October with the annual Odenton Day. Families can take walking tours of the historic Odenton buildings, the fire department gives tours and safety demonstrations, children put on dancing and martial arts performances, and local vendors provide refreshments. The Odenton Volunteer Fire Department hold a carnival every May, culminating with the annual Memorial Day Parade. This carnival is a tradition that dates back 75 years!
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Crofton Area Information
Crofton is a census-designated place and planned community in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States. Established in 1964, Crofton held its 40th birthday celebration in 2004.
In July 2007 Crofton was named by Money (magazine) as one of "100 Best Places to Live" in the United States. Crofton placed 72nd out of 100 cities on the list. It was selected for its relative anonymity while still boasting many major amenities, excellent schools, and sought after location.
Community life frequently revolves around Crofton Parkway, actually a scenic loop 3.5 miles long, tangentially touching the larger "triangle" made up of three nearby roads, which encloses the original Crofton community. Crofton Parkway is the scene of yearly parades, two of its three elementary schools, the Town Hall, Village Green, community events, Crofton Country Club, and walkers, joggers and bikers around the loop. The Crofton area now extends North from the triangle, including Crofton Park. Crofton also has a community pool, the Crofton Swim and Tennis Club but is restricted to those inhabitants of the triangle.
Originally an exclusive gated community, Crofton's gates were opened and they now only serve as a welcome symbol for this community just off of crowded Route 3. It offers a small town feel, while being convenient to major roads leading directly to the cities of Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis. It has developed into an extremely desirable community for young families, having a diversity of housing, from a large mix of well-kept townhomes to suburban single family homes and good schools. As of the 2000 census, the total population of those in the Crofton ZIP code was 20,091.
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Fort Meade Area Information
Fort Meade is located adjacent to Odenton, Maryland in Anne Arundel County. The population was 9,882 at the 2000 census, and covers 6.6 square miles. It is the home to the National Security Agency, which is located on the US Army base Fort George G. Meade.
Fort George G. Meade is an active U.S. Army installation. The fort, established in 1917, is named for General George Meade, a Union Army general in the American Civil War. It covers 5,067 acres (20.51 km2) in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Fort Meade was used as a basic training post and a prisoner of war camp during World War II. In the 1950s, the post became headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA). The post was scheduled to close in the 1990s, but was kept open to support the NSA. Today, Ft. Meade is often used as a metonym for the NSA.
Due to its location near Washington, D.C., it is increasingly being used by government and military tenants like the Defense Information School, the headquarters of the Defense Courier Service, the United States Army Field Band, and an United States Environmental Protection Agency facility.
As part of the U.S. Defense Department's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, several additional activities are scheduled to move to Fort Meade around 2010, including the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Adjudication and Office of Hearing and Appeals Offices, and several DoD media activities. Several parcels of land have been made available for commercial lease. In October 2007 the Army estimated that Fort Meade will gain about 5,700 jobs directly, and the area will see an increase of thousands more jobs for related businesses.
Piney Orchard Area Information
Piney Orchard is a planned community located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. There are more than 4,500 homes consisting of apartments, condominiums, townhomes, single-family homes and 55 and over residences.
Beautiful tree-lined lots and a wide range of home choices accent the quiet neighborhoods at Piney Orchard. You’ll feel miles away from it all, surrounded by nature’s beauty, including lakes, a river and acres of protected land.
All this, and you’re minutes away from the MARC commuter train that will take you to Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and points-in-between. And right in your neighborhood is the Piney Orchard Marketplace, Piney Orchard Ice Arena and the Piney Orchard Elementary School. For you convenience there is on-site Management seven days a week located in the Community Center.
Piney Orchard sponsors many activities such as cook-out’s, yard sales, holiday parties and much, much more. There is something for everyone!