The Nitty Gritty on Annapolis

Boundaries:
Route 50 to the north, Forest Drive to the west, Edgewood Road to the southeast and the Severn River to the northeast

ZIP codes:
21401-21405, 21411 and 21412

Real estate:
Depending on the home's location and proximity to the water, the price can range from $100,000 to the millions. The average price for a three-bedroom home is in the $200,000s. A two-bedroom townhouse or condominium rental can range from $750 to $1000 per month.

Tomorrow's officers: Midshipmen (right to left) David Watkins, 19, Eric Rolfs, 19, and Brian Storjohann, 19, are members of the class of 2004 at the U.S. Naval Acadmy.(Photo by Jessica M. Garrett, Special to SunSpot)

Schools:
Pre-School: Book of Life Academy, Chesapeake Montessori School, Colonial Nursery School, Creative Gardening Learning Center of Annapolis, Eastport Early Learning Center, Heritage Early Learning Center, The Key School, KinderCare Learning Center, Montessori International Children's House, Preschool for the Arts at Saint Anne's, St. Andrew's by the Bay, St. Anne's Day School, St. Margaret's Day School Elementary: Annapolis, Cape St. Claire, Eastport, Georgetown East, Germantown, Hillsmere, Mills-Parole, Rolling Knolls, St. Mary's, Tyler Heights, West Annapolis, Windsor Farm Middle: Annapolis, Bates High: Annapolis, Broadneck College: St. John's College, United States Naval Academy

Places of worship:
Annapolis Church of Christ, Asbury United Methodist Church, Broadneck United Methodist, Christ our Anchor Presbyterian Church, Christian City Church, Congregation Kol Ami, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Eastport, First Presbyterian Church, Fowler's Methodist Church, Greater Morning Star Pentecostal Church #3, Heritage Baptist Church, Kneseth Israel Congregation, New Hope Chapel, Phoenix Studios, Rigpa DC (Tibetan Buddhist network), Riva Trace Baptist Church, St. Anne's Episcopal, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Trinity United Methodist Church

Mark your calendars:
Don't miss the Fourth of July Celebration and First Night Annapolis. The Independence Day festivities include a patriotic concert by the United States Naval Academy Band and a dazzling fireworks display on the Annapolis waterfront. First Night Annapolis rings in the new year with music, magic, theater and dance spectacles scattered throughout the historic district.

Many options: St. Anne's is one of many churches in Annapolis.(Photo by Jessica M. Garrett, Special to SunSpot)

Busiest part of town:
Annapolis' historic district is the city's most alluring spot for locals and visitors alike. Since 1952 the Historic Annapolis Foundation has seen to the preservation of threatened buildings with historical and cultural significance. The Foundation's eight museum sites can be found in the historic district, which has also become the present-day downtown. A prominent feature of the Annapolis landscape, the Maryland State House, remains the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use in the country. Local history buffs are proud to note that Annapolis served as the nation's capital from 1783 to 1784. Restaurants, antique shops and galleries line the streets along the State House.

Memorial: The Thurgood Marshall Memorial was dedicated on State House Square in 1996.(Photo by Jessica M. Garrett, Special to SunSpot)

Best live music venue:
The Rams Head Tavern has featured bands such as 10,000 Maniacs and former members of Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Claim to fame:
Local writer Tom Clancy fueled the mystique of the Naval Academy and top-secret government operations with best-selling novels such as "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," and "Clear and Present Danger." All three novels became films featuring the Naval Academy and its high-ranking officials. Clancy is an Annapolis resident. Actor Robert Duvall's father was an admiral in the U.S. Navy, which enabled him to spend a few years in Annapolis. Actor John Wayne narrowly failed admission to the Naval Academy in 1925. Director Barry Levinson maintains a home in Annapolis. Funk group Jimmie's Chicken Shack ("Do Right") is based in Annapolis. Although he was born in Suffolk, Va., jazz composer and guitarist Charlie Byrd spent most of his life in Annapolis and died there Nov. 30, 1999. Novelist James M. Cain ("The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Mildred Pierce" and "Double Indemnity") was born in Annapolis.

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