Crownsville: Historical ties and a rural feel just eight miles from Annapolis

  • Water view from a Riverside Drive home in Crownsville.
Water view from a Riverside Drive home in Crownsville. (Photo Courtesy The Creig…)
January 31, 2014|By Samantha Iacia | For The Baltimore Sun

Location: The center of Anne Arundel County, bordered by Millersville to the north, Severna Park and the Severn River to the east, Annapolis to the south and Gambrills to the west.

Average property listing price: Current homes for sale in Crownsville reach up to $3,495,000, with the average list price being $798,261, says Melissa Held Marsden, an associate broker for Hoffman Real Estate Inc., based in Crownsville.

Population: 1,757 at the time of the 2010 census, says Marsden.

The history: Marsden has lived in Annapolis for the last 13 years but grew up in Crownsville. "Back then, it was considered the sticks, even though it is only eight miles from downtown Annapolis," she says. The area has since been recognized for its historical ties, including the former Crownsville Hospital Center, which was originally named the Hospital for the Negro Insane of Maryland when it opened in April 1910. The facility closed in 2004, and the Anne Arundel Food and Resources Bank is now located on its grounds. Other historical sites include the 19th-century Mount Tabor Methodist Episcopal Church and the 18th-century Rising Sun Inn, which houses artifacts and maintains gardens from Revolutionary War days.

What's there: Since 1985, Maryland's annual Renaissance Festival has been held here for nine weekends of the summer and fall. Jousting competitions, archery demonstrations and smoked turkey legs are all repeat favorites for festival-goers.

Another draw for Crownsville, says Marsden, is its proximity to the hustle and bustle of Annapolis, Severna Park, Baltimore and D.C., but with more space to spread out. "It still has an interesting rural feel," she says.

Why Crownsville: Cedulie Laumann, a managing attorney at Arden Law Firm in Crownsville, has moved throughout Anne Arundel County for the last few decades. She says that Crownsville has the most communal feel of all the places she's lived because it is not as commercialized as nearby locales. Laumann lives in Crownsville's Arden on the Severn neighborhood, a waterfront community that backs up to the Severn River. "It's definitely retained a strong residential feel," she says. "You know your neighbors."

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