Housing & Communities

Living Here

Coastal, Country living in a High-Tech Hub

In St. Mary's County, we take the time to appreciate life. Quaint seaside towns, historic lighthouses, tobacco barns, and rolling farms surround our county juxtaposing the Patuxent River Naval Base and our growing innovation hubs. No matter your background, we have a place for you, here you will find a community of people always ready to lend a hand.

St. Mary's county offers an array of unique communities – whether you're looking for the next location for your business or a great place to live and work. Explore our communities below to learn more.

Housing Communities

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The Town of Leonardtown

Welcome to the first designated Arts and Entertainment District of Southern Maryland! Here you will find waterfront access, unique, shops, galleries, restaurants and a winery, and many beautifully designed housing developments. Leonardtown is the only incorporated municipality in the County.

  • Home to Port of Leonardtown Winery
  • Arts and Entertainment Designation
  • First Friday's
  • Leonardtown Summer Music Festival
  • Downtown Strategic Plan
  • Population: 14,164
  • Average Housing Price: $339,500

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Lexington Park

A vibrant community filled with pride! Lexington Park is home to numerous restaurants, coffee shops, retail, office, medical, and other neighborhood businesses. This community is the gateway to NAS PAX River. And the future home to the Lexington Manor Passive Park, a 35-acre passive arts park. With nearly a quarter of its workforce employed in STEM fields, California-Lexington Park has emerged as the city with the highest share of high-tech jobs in its local economy in the country.

  • Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
  • The Newtowne Players
  • Lancaster Park
  • Lexington Manor Passive Park
  • Elms Beach Park
  • Population: 23,471
  • Average Housing Price: $248,700

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A truly historic and high-tech community. Historic sites along the Patuxent River give way to concentrated growth approaching the Patuxent River Naval Air Station with parks, office buildings, neighborhoods, restaurants, and big box retailers. This historic and high-tech community has room for you and your family.

  • University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland
  • AeroPark Innovation District
  • Livability
  • Population: 20,011
  • Average Housing Price: $251,750

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Charlotte Hall – Mechanicsville

The dichotomy of Amish and Mennonite farms, farmers' markets, and motor sports define this community. There is an abundance of history that surrounds the area and is filled with people ready to welcome you and share it. This northern end of the county is less than half an hour from the Washington beltway to the county's northern edge.

  • North St. Mary's Farmers Market
  • Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
  • Three Notch Trail
  • Budds Creek MX Track
  • Maryland International Raceway
  • Wicomico Motor Sports Park
  • Wicomico Shores Golf Club
  • Visit St. Mary's
  • Population: 6,309
  • Average Housing Price: $315,800

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St. Mary's City

Welcome to St. Mary's City! Maryland's first capital! This Chesapeake Bay area is brimming with history, academia, outdoor fun, cultural activities and passionate people eager to share it all with you. Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., discover the mid-Atlantic's best kept secret. Here you will find St. Mary's College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary's City in addition to seafood dives, marinas, charter boats and more!

  • Historic St. Mary's City
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland—The Public Honors College
  • Visit St. Mary's
  • Population: 1,532
  • Average Housing Price: $283,000

Although land values are relatively high throughout the state, in Maryland we continue to have a reasonable cost of living. As Governor Larry Hogan has stated:

"We have the best location in America.
We're close to one-third of the country's population.
We're at the heart of the East Coast.
We have one of the top ports on the East Coast and in America.
We've got the number one airport in the Washington region.
We have the highest median household income.
And one of the most highly educated workforces in America.

People are willing to pay for that."

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