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Old 06-10-2014, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Melbourne Australia
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We're from Melbourne Australia and based ourselves out of Annapolis for the month of Feb to see a bit of the USA. We fell in love with America, particularly that part of MD. Low taxes, low government intervention, free spirit etc. etc. (All by comparison to Australia where more than 60c in the dollar goes in tax and absolutely everything is regulated to death).

We are planning to move to the area and want a water priv. location so I can go sailing after work. At the moment we commute 1 - 1.5 hrs each way and the boat is 3 hrs away. Comes from living in a city with 5M people! We like the area because it's only 30-40 min to BWI (most of our commutes are by plane) and has an amazing coastline with great sailing.

We would rent first, then buy after a year or so.

I've looked at a few different community websites and have a few questions for those in the know:
1. What have you found to be good/bad about your community?
2. Do they allow renters to access the facilities (I saw one that explicitly said "No")
3. Is there a map somewhere on the internet that shows what street is in what community (I have looked... but unsuccessfully)

Also, can anyone recommend a friendly family oriented Sailing Club on either of these two rivers? (Not Annapolis YC - too la-de-dah).

Cheers.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We are planning to move to the area and want a water priv. location so I can go sailing after work......
We would rent first, then buy after a year or so.
The big question is what are you willing to spend? I knew people who lived in Sherwood Forest which was a friendly, tight-knit community. It has much older homes that may need work, but the location is right on a peninsula. Prices of current list range from $699K to $1.3M, and their one-time club membership fee is $15K. I have found Zillow.com to be most useful if you know the name of a neighborhood. It shows you the outline of the neighborhood, the streets and houses for sale or recently sold. Redfin.com is also good, but here's an example from Zillow: Annapolis MD Homes For Sale & Annapolis Real Estate - Zillow

On the high-price end is Gibson Island with homes starting at $1 million. The more reasonable prices are in Cape St. Clair, where interior houses start in the $300K range, but I do not know about the sailing community.

For sailing clubs, you might try this one in Pasadena. It seems down-to-earth: http://www.bodkinyachtclub.com/

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Old 06-11-2014, 06:42 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I think you're going to find most, if not all, the yacht clubs la-de-dah.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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We would rent first, then buy after a year or so.
I am not sure if you are aware of how much Craiglist is used to find rentals. Here is an example of a typical rental house in Magothy Manor. At $2500, it is not a great house, but the location is good: 4BR SFH in Water-Privileged Magothy Manor

If you are looking for more "down-to-earth" communities with sailing, you might look into the South River: Riva and Edgewater.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Melbourne Australia
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Thanks all.

Goldenage I think you're correct about Sherwood... it seems to be up to double the price of geographically similar areas such as Pasedena. Unbelievable what you can buy there on the waterfront for less than 750k.

North Beach Person - I've been in contact with the Commodore of West River Sailing Club down at Galesville - very friendly, helpful informative and run a great program for kiddies. Home

Goldenage again - thanks for the tip on Craigslist - hadn't thought of it as it never really took off in Australia.

Cheers all.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Arnold, MD
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I live in Arnold. There is this community here called "Bay Hills" which is on the Magothy River, which I hear really good things about. As someone else mentioned, Cape St. Claire (also on the Magothy) is another good one, which is not as pricey too. I've also heard that "Arden On The Severn," (In Millersville or Crownsville is also nice). That's on the Severn River though. Round Bay (also on the Severn) is also an area you should consider. Pasadena's Lake Shore is good and less pricey too. It is on the Magothy and the Chesapeake Bay. That's the most I know.
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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We fell in love with America, particularly that part of MD. Low taxes, low government intervention, free spirit etc. etc. (All by comparison to Australia where more than 60c in the dollar goes in tax and absolutely everything is regulated to death).
Wow, almost a full month and no one mentioned anything to the contrary. It's probably because you are from Australia.


If you can afford to live in the area[s] you are mentioning then I would suggest coastal New England.
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Old 05-20-2016, 01:40 PM
 
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Default Not all "Yacht" clubs are "yachty."

Actually, I didn't get that impression at the Maryland Yacht Club at ALL. It's quite different than Annapolis Yacht Club, for sure. But Maryland Yacht Club (and Belvedere and Bodkin Yacht Clubs, too) are VERY laid-back and open to new members. I was invited to join without even trying or asking, but I don't live near there or have a boat yet, so I didn't.

Sometimes, a "yacht club" just has that as part of its name, even if nobody has a yacht.

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I think you're going to find most, if not all, the yacht clubs la-de-dah.
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Quite refreshing perspective to read someone say Maryland has low taxes, although in comparison to Australia.
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