Homebuyers choose to settle in La Plata and surrounding Charles County for the cozy, small-town charm of its communities, which include Indian Head, Port Tobacco Village, Waldorf, Cobb Island and St. Charles.
Newcomers also root themselves in the area to be close enough to work in Washington, D.C., but far from the hassles and traffic of big-city living. The county is part of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, and motorists have an easy drive to Baltimore 54 miles away, and Richmond, Va. 89 miles away.
Home Prices, Options Vary
Charles County has an abundance of home options, from waterfront properties and townhomes to farmettes and communities with lots of 1, 2 and 3 acres.
Homes in Charles County are moderately priced in comparison to other Maryland or Northern Virginia counties, and they offer conveniences such as shopping and great schools nearby.
The average price of a home in Southern Maryland is approximately $375,000, though homes come in all price ranges, sizes and styles.
La Plata, the county seat, attracts history lovers for its historical setting with luxury homes. Military families can find homes with an easy commute to the Potomac River Bridge and the Dahlgren military base.
Waldorf has become popular for its established neighborhoods and proximity to the St. Charles Towne Center mall, which is anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s and Sears.
Cobb Island, a 290-acre triangle located 22 miles south of La Plata, offers gorgeous sunsets and freshly caught seafood. Surrounded by the Wicomico and Potomac rivers and the Neale Sound, Cobb Island used to be a summer retreat but today is home to 400 year-round families.
Planned Developments Grow
Waldorf is home to Westchester at the Pavilions, a mixed-use community development with new apartment housing, restaurants and retail near O’Donnell Lake. The community boasts a resort-style swimming pool with water jets, 75-meter lap lanes and an adjacent children’s pool, among other amenities.
St. Charles is a 9,100-acre master-planned community just 23 miles south of Washington, D.C. The eco-friendly community development is designed to include five mixed-use villages with residential neighborhoods – each with a school, places of worship, shopping and recreational opportunities. St. Charles also includes an active adult community called Heritage at St. Charles, which is open to people age 55 and older.
Swan Point Yacht & Country Club, located along the Potomac River is one of Charles County’s most prestigious residential destinations. The multipurpose community has a scenic golf course, yacht club and spectacular vistas. Swan Point has plans for nearly 2,000 homes and condominiums when the entire project is completed. its location in Charles County along the Potomac River has provided Swan Point with a reputation for spectacular vistas.
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