Even if you’ve heard of these communities, you may not appreciate their individual charms.

Trendy development projects are rising under the familiar television towers in historic Woodberry, which offers hip restaurants, businesses, and artists’ studios.

Characterized by distinctive Dutch Colonial Revival and Federal Revival-style homes, this neighborhood offers space and quiet, starting around $320,000.

Rodgers Forge
This historic community boasts strong public schools, thriving community organizations, and easy access to shopping and entertainment in Baltimore and Towson.

Founded as a privileged retreat from the city’s heat, Glyndon’s spiffier listings run into the millions, but more affordable options are available for under $500,000.

The spiritual home of Annapolis’s sailing community across the drawbridge from the downtown, it boasts marinas, high-end restaurants, and easy-going local bars.

Crofton’s location at the center of the Baltimore-Annapolis-D.C. triangle has made it a tranquil bedroom community, but there’s also lots of shopping along the Route 3 corridor.

Originally constructed in the early 1800s as housing for cotton-mill workers, leafy Oella—in Baltimore County—is now one of the region’s most charming, historic enclaves.

Uniontown/New Windsor
Just up the road from Uniontown’s historic district, New Windsor retains a small-town feel, with a population just under 1,500 and great home values.

Havre de Grace
Home to the oldest publicly accessible lighthouse in Maryland, Havre de Grace offers plenty of fishing, boating, hiking, and golf, as welll as lots of art galleries.

Ellicott City
Originally a mill community, its historic façades on Main Street are now home to businesses like the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. and Mumbles & Squeaks Toy Shoppe.