Posted by Annapolis on 1/24/2003 9:40:08 AM

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Type of City and Homes Available: Settled in the late 1600s and chartered in 1708, Annapolis is the seat of Anne Arundel County, capital of the State of Maryland and a city of picturesque streets, lovely old homes, historic buildings and unique shops, with 16 miles of waterfront on the Chesapeake Bay. It is an active fishing center and on of the largest and most attractive boating centers in the country.

Annapolis boasts the first library in the colonies (1696) and was briefly the nation's capital. All of this heritage is preserved in a fascinating array of true Colonial buildings. The U.S. Naval Academy, founded in 1845, and 300-year-old St. John's College also play a prominent part in the city's history and contribute to its unique atmosphere.

About 40% of employed residents work for the city, county, state or Federal Government, many commuting to Washington via Rte. 50, a highway devoid of traffic lights to the D.C. limits. A trip to the Beltway requires about 20 minutes. Home prices near the downtown historic district range from $150,000 to $550,000. Waterfront properties sell for $275,000 to 3,9 million. New townhouses and condominiums from $95,000 to $380,000, Apartments rent from $600 to $1,500.

Tax Situation:
Homes are assessed at .4% of market value. City real property owners pay a local rate of$3,22/$100 assessed value. Charges for water and sewage service are additional. 3 1/2 to 10% amusement/admissions tax. Public Transportation: Shuttle buses 5 days a week with major bus line throughout the city.

Public Services and Facilities:
Electricity, gas, sewer, and water to entire city. Trash collected twice weekly. Water-sewer service costs vary with usage. Trash collection costs $188/year. Recycling program has been established and it is working toward being citywide. 114 sworn police officers. 3 fire stations with 91 career and 60 active volunteer firefighters. 3 paramedic units.

Large library located at 1410 West Street with 145,000 volumes open 7 days a week; lends cassettes, videocassettes, large print books; story hours for children. Library phone: (410) 222-1750.Extensive Maryland history collection. Other specialized libraries: State Law Library, Hall of Records (genealogy),Nimitz Library at the Naval Academy, and St. John's College library.

Public Schools: 11 elementary (K.-5), 2 middle (6-8), I senior high (9-12). 2 schools for special educational needs, I vocational-technical center nearby, Ischool for emotionally disturbed and I center for disruptive students.

Private and Parochial Schools:
I Catholic high (9-12, boys and girls); I elementary (K-8),l Christian, I Montessori (N-2), nursery and kindergarten schools, I private school (N-12, boys and girls), I learning center (1-8).

Places ofWorship:
Apostolic Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Church of God, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Full Gospel Assembly, Latter Day Saints, Lutheran, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, Seventh-Day Adventist, Synagogue, Unitarian, United Church of Christ, and others.

Organizations: American Business Women's Association, B'nai B'rith, Business and Professional Women's Club, Civitan, Chamber of Commerce, DAR, Elks and Ladies of the Elks, hadassah. Historical Society, International Club, Jaycees, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, League of Women Voters, Lions, Masons, Moose, NAACP, National Organization for Women, National Council of Jewish Women, Optimist, Panhellenic Club, Rotary, Soroptimist, Toastmasters, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary, Women's Club.

Recreational Facilities:
The city has a 70-acre park, 3 recreation centers (Downtown Rec Center, Griscom Bidg., and Stanton Community Center), and 8 playgrounds with summer programs. 3 baseball diamonds, 3 softball fields (lighted), 7 basketball courts (5 lighted), I public swimming pool, 5 volleyball leagues, women's physical fitness, 4 men's and boys' basketball leagues, I women's softball, Litde League, men's slow softball leagues. Tennis tourna- ment. Programs in tumbling, ballet, ceramics, and arts and crafts. Swimming and lifesaving instruction. Summer day camps. Residents also use county park and recreational facilities.

12 city tennis courts, 8 county tennis courts. Commercial bowling alley; commercial sailing lessons and boat rentals. Quiet Waters Park ofiers paddling boats, ice skating in winter, hike & bike trails, pavilions and playgrounds. Annapolis vicinity contains county's only camping grounds (Thornai Point, and Anne Arundel County facility) but special permits are required. This area includes nature trails, fishing, picnic facilities.

Major parks in Annapolis area are Truxtun Park, Back Creek Nature Park with picnic facilities, walking trails, Bestgate Recreation Area, located to northwest, with facilities for tennis, basketball, baseball and football; Peninsula Park, at Bay Ridge just east of city, with baseball, football fields, and courts for handball, basketball, tennis; Sandy Point State Park, near the Bay Bridges, one of the rare public beaches on the Bay. Information: (410) 263-7958 (city); (410) 974-2149 (state).

Medical Facilities: 375 physicians and specialists practice on staff of 291-bed private community not for profit hospital (A.A. Med. Center; (410) 267-1000) in city with acute care facilities, 24-hour emergency room, critical care facility, oncology center and hospice program. Hospital affiliated with Pathways (Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program). Numerous physicians and dentists in town; several medical buildings.

Complete shopping facilities in the area; many quaint and unusual shops located along the harbor.