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Our military family of full-time RE/MAX real estate agents have designed, and maintain this website to be your very best resource for Fort Meade real estate and relocation information. We hope you find everything you need while you are here. If not, call us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. We've PCS'd too many times to count and we're so happy to help. If it has to do with Fort Meade or real estate chances are we've got your answer. If not, we'll find it for you.
While we specialize in serving military families, our website and our real estate services are open to anyone interested in buying a home, selling a home or finding a rental home or apartment near Fort Meade.
Fort Meade History
Fort Meade is located in beautiful Anne Arundel County Maryland about a 30 minute drive to both Baltimore MD and Washington DC. The base was originally established in 1917 as a 19,000 acre training facility known as “Camp Annapolis Junction”. Fort Meade got its new name in 1929 in honor of famous Union Army General George G. Meade.
Since then, the base has experienced quite an evolution including uses as a basic training post and a prisoner of war camp. But Fort Meade really began to take shape in the 1950's when it became the headquarters for the National Security Agency or NSA. Prior to that the communities around the base, which include Severn, Odenton, and Gambrills were just tiny wooded dots on the map with not a lot of developed areas.
As Fort Meade and NSA grew, so did the surrounding housing communities. Beginning in the mid-60's world renowned homebuilder Levitt & Sons (who are still in business today) was introducing the concept of planned community subdivisions. Levitt focused their real estate development efforts in part on new construction homes in Bowie and Crofton Maryland. Their goal was to provide affordable housing to the growing number of homebuyer's working at Fort Meade and in Baltimore and Washington. As a testament to the quality of their construction and the neighborhood design, these homes are not only still around, they have become some of the most popular communities in the Fort Meade area.
Around the same time, the Rouse Company was planning the much larger undertaking of building a complete city. The result was Columbia Maryland. Columbia, like Crofton and Bowie, is a very popular housing option for Fort Meade employees. And they are now a rich combination of old and new homes, single family homes, townhomes and condominiums along with plenty of apartment and rental home options. Columbia offers a variety of style in homes for sale and homes for rent and is a popular destination for our clients.
Fort Meade was scheduled to close in the 1990's but remained active almost solely in support of NSA. Now the base continues to thrive and grow with new tenants that include the Environmental Protection Agency, Defense Information School, Defense Courier Service and the prestigious Army field band.
In 2007 and beyond, we’re now looking forward to BRAC and it’s impact on Fort Meade. What’s BRAC you ask? The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process aka BRAC will bring even more activities to the Fort Meade between 2007 and 2011 including Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). BRAC is expected to bring over 5,000 direct on base jobs and an estimated influx of government contract jobs and supporting infrastructure of over 10,000. The numbers related to the Fort Meade BRAC move continue to change. You can get the most up to date BRAC info. at the Anne Arundel County Maryland Fort Meade BRAC website.
As Fort Meade has evolved, so has on-base housing, which varies in style from older town homes to newer garage townhomes and even single-family homes. In 2002 Fort Meade was chosen as one of four pilot sites to convert to private management of their housing. All of the housing has, or is expected to receive updating before 2012. As part of the privatization, all base housing is now managed by Picerne Military Housing. Base housing on Fort Meade remains relatively easy to obtain and is even available to military retirees and Department of Defense employees. If it is imperative that you do not spend more than your BAQ/BAH for your home near Fort Meade this is an option you'll want to explore.
Many military members and government employees assigned to Fort Meade opt to live off post for a variety of reasons. And that's where we come in. First, you'll need to know that living off post will very likely exceed your basic housing allowance. But there are benefits too, and for some we know it's the only option. Because Fort Meade is surrounded by dozens of cities and three different counties, it can be overwhelming to newcomers. We invite you to view our relocation information where you will find some great starting points on what cities are close to Fort Meade, how far they are from the base, free school reports, and some great MLS listing search tools and tips.
Based on our experience, the communities that attract the largest number of homebuyers and home renters from Fort Meade include Annapolis, Severn, Odenton, Gambrills, Crofton, Piney Orchard, Severna Park, Arnold, Columbia, and Ellicott City. While our real estate team serves all of Anne Arundel, Prince Georges and Howard County, we have special expertise in these areas, because they are where the majority of our families choose to live. Each of these communities brings something unique to the table, from a close commute, to great shopping to top rated schools. It really depends on what is right for you and your family. We offer several options for accessing the MLS to view all listings of homes for sale and homes for rent in The Fort Meade area. Just follow our menus at the top left of this page.
Our family team of Fort Meade MD Realtor professionals have been helping families relocate to and from Fort Meade for over 7 years. We're not just real estate experts, we are military wives, retirees, veterans or "brats". Our goal is to provide all the information you need on this web site to buy a home, sell a home, or rent a home in areas commutable to the base including Anne Arundel County, Prince George's County, or Howard County Maryland. We specialize in real estate services including home staging in the cities of Annapolis, Severn, Odenton, Hanover, Crofton, Columbia, Bowie and other areas near Fort Meade. We provide access to all Maryland MLS listings so that you can view homes for sale and homes for rent near Fort Meade. We can help you with real estate values, local area information, school reports and locators, base resources, area maps, new home and foreclosure sale information and much more. If you have questions about Fort Meade area real estate, housing, or Realty just give us a call at 1-866-FT MEADE.
We've helped over 1,500 families relocate to and from Fort Meade. We can help you too!
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