The Best Places to Live in Ocean City, Maryland

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Ocean City is one of the most exciting and active areas in all of Maryland. Located along the East Coast of the United States, this area is a major beach resort destination for locals and travelers alike. There are countless activities and opportunities for residents and visitors to explore; from shopping and dining to entertainment and excursions, Ocean City has so much to offer, you’re guaranteed to find something that interests you and the whole family.

West Ocean City

Nestled into the southwestern section of Ocean City is West Ocean City. This diverse area of the city sits on Sinepuxent Bay and is a short 10 minute walk or bike ride across the Route 50 bridge to all the vibrant opportunities awaiting you along the Ocean City Boardwalk.

This area is best known for its fishing charters, marinas, and seafood restaurants so an interest in the nautical is a must for potential residents.

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Real Estate:

There are a great variety of homes to be found in West Ocean City. From the cozy, quiet suburbs to the outstanding waterfront properties, it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for in this neighborhood.

Those cozy, quiet suburb homes start around $240,000 and are primarily made up of medium-sized single-family homes with three to five bedrooms.

The premium waterfront properties, complete with stunning views out over the bay, range in cost between $800,000 to $5.9 million.

Schools:

West Ocean City falls under the jurisdiction of the Worcester County Public School. The schools closest to the neighborhood are:

Ocean City Elementary School - Located about 5 minutes from West Ocean City, this school houses around 600 students from pre-kindergarten to the 4th grade.

Berlin Intermediate School - Located 15 minutes from West Ocean City, this school houses about 810 students in the 4th to the 6th grades.

Stephen Decatur Middle School - Located 10 minutes from West Ocean City, this school houses about 650 students in the 7th and 8th grades.

Stephen Decatur High School - Located 10 minutes from West Ocean City, this school houses about 1,370 students in the 9th to the 12th grades.

For those seeking out private education, Seaside Christian Academy is a very small, privately-run school located 6 minutes away from West Ocean City and consists of just 46 students from pre-kindergarten to the 7th grade. Other area private schools are Most Blessed Sacrament outside of Ocean Pines and Worcester Prep in Berlin.

What’s Nearby:

The benefit of being close by to a busy and active downtown is that there are endless ways of entertaining oneself.

Residents of West Ocean City will enjoy Outlets Ocean City, a shopping center dedicated to providing the best deals on designer clothing and accessories.

For the more active adventurer, Baja Amusements & Gran Prix is just down the road and offers such exciting activities as go-karts, climbing walls, bumper boats, miniature golf, an arcade, and rides for the kiddies. This family-friendly establishment offers up hours of fun and excitement for all ages.

Outdoor enthusiasts are able to hit the water. Boaters love West Ocean City and for those just starting out, rentals are available. This includes kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and more.

Commutes:

A major draw to living in West Ocean City is that you get the benefits of downtown without having to live right downtown. Being just under 10 minutes away from all the action, residents can enjoy all the excitement that the boardwalk has to offer, while being able to easily go home for some peace and quiet.

Other nearby cities include:

Berlin, MD: 7.5 miles via US-50 W/ Ocean Gateway (14 minutes)

Salisbury, MD: 29 miles via US-50 W / Ocean Gateway (39 minutes)

Pocomoke City, MD: 36 miles via US-113 S (43 minutes)

Georgetown, DE: 33 miles via US-113 N (44 minutes)

North Ocean City

North Ocean City runs (approx.) 120th Street to the Fenwick Island line. Enjoy Northside Park Located on 125th Street and the Bay which also is the Home to the Recreation and Parks Department’s Administrative offices. Plenty of restaurants and activities to keep the entire family busy.

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Real Estate:

The main real estate to be found in North Ocean City are condo buildings with some high rises sprinkled around on the Oceanside. Mostly small (studio to two-bedroom) and medium (three- to four-bedroom) condos, these homes will give residents gorgeous views over the Atlantic Ocean and Assawoman Bay.

Many of the condos cost between $120,000 to $530,000, though there are the select few premium homes that range between $1-2.3 million. No matter which home you prefer, you are bound to have fantastic views over the water, making every penny worth it.

Schools:

North Ocean City falls under the jurisdiction of the Worcester County Public School. The schools closest to the neighborhood are:

Ocean City Elementary School - Located about 12 minutes from North Ocean City, this school houses around 600 students from pre-kindergarten to the 4th grade.

Berlin Intermediate School - Located 18 minutes from North Ocean City, this school houses about 810 students in the 4th to the 6th grades.

Stephen Decatur Middle School - Located 18 minutes from North Ocean City, this school houses about 650 students in the 7th and 8th grades.

Stephen Decatur High School - Located 18 minutes from North Ocean City, this school houses about 1,370 students in the 9th to the 12th grades.

For those seeking out private education, Seaside Christian Academy is a very small, privately-run school located 12 minutes away from North Ocean City and consists of just 46 students from pre-kindergarten to the 7th grade. Other area private schools are Most Blessed Sacrament outside of Ocean Pines and Worcester Prep in Berlin.

What’s Nearby:

What isn’t nearby? Just steps away from the beautiful homes in the North Ocean City neighborhood is the popular Northside Park. Locals and visitors alike can indulge in a multitude of unique dining experiences only found in North Ocean City.

One of the biggest attractions to Ocean City is their thriving day- and night-life. From family-friendly events and activities, to nightclubs such as Seacrets, the Boardwalk downtown will have something to satisfy all interests and hobbies and provide hours of entertainment.

Commutes:

The conveniently-located condos and townhomes of North Ocean City is perfect for those who thrive on busy schedules, meeting new people, and having endless fun. While most restaurants and activities are just outside your front door, there is always the option of venturing a little further from home for a change of pace.

Other nearby cities include:

Berlin, MD: 15 miles via Coastal Hwy. S/ US-50 W (25 minutes)

Salisbury, MD: 35 miles via US-50 W / Ocean Gateway (50 minutes)

Pocomoke City, MD: 41 miles via MD-90 W / US-113 S (58 minutes)

Georgetown, DE: 33 miles via MD-90 W / US-113 N (42 minutes)

Ocean Pines

While the constant excitement of downtown living may attract many residents, some just want some peace and quiet away from it all. Ocean Pines provides just that. With 9 miles of waterfront property and 3,000 acres of wooded area, Ocean Pines is every nature-lovers dream neighborhood. While being close enough to enjoy the benefits of downtown, this neighborhood is far enough away to enjoy some rest and relaxation to settle down with your family.

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Real Estate:

Most of the homes in the Ocean Pines neighborhood range between small two- to three-bedroom bungalows to larger four- to five-bedroom family homes. Whether you’re just starting to think about starting a family or you’ve already got three kids and counting, there is a home for families of all shapes and sizes in Ocean Pines.

The median cost of real estate in the area is $302,495.

Schools:

Ocean Pines is a part of the Worcester County Public School. The schools closest to the neighborhood are:

Showell Elementary School - Minutes from Ocean Pines, this school houses around 533 students from pre-kindergarten to the 3rd grade.

Berlin Intermediate School - Located 13 minutes from Ocean Pines, this school houses about 810 students in the 4th to the 6th grades.

Stephen Decatur Middle School - Located 18 minutes from Ocean Pines, this school houses about 650 students in the 7th and 8th grades.

Stephen Decatur High School - Located 13 minutes from Ocean Pines, this school houses about 1,370 students in the 9th to the 12th grades.

For those seeking out private education, Seaside Christian Academy is a very small, privately-run school located 20 minutes away from Ocean Pines and consists of just 46 students from pre-kindergarten to the 7th grade. Other area private schools are Most Blessed Sacrament outside of Ocean Pines and Worcester Prep in Berlin.

What’s Nearby:

Ocean Pines boasts of some truly spectacular amenities. There are some major perks to living in a more secluded area. While the tourists flock to the downtown section of Ocean City, Ocean Pines residents can quietly enjoy the facilities of their own neighborhood. These include:

Five pools, two marinas, a premium racquet sports complex, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, more than a dozen parks, and several recreational programs.

Additionally, Ocean Pines is known for its farmers market, where locals can enjoy the small-town charm of their friendly neighbors, browsing through locally made crafts, produce, gifts, and more.

Commutes:

Though the downtown region of Ocean City is a little further away from this neighborhood as others in the area, it’s still within reasonable driving distance at about 10 miles, a 25 minute drive.

Other nearby cities include:

Berlin, MD: 9 miles via Rt.589 S/ US- 113 S (12 minutes)

Salisbury, MD: 26 miles via US-50 W / Ocean Gateway (36 minutes)

Pocomoke City, MD: 37 miles via US-113 S (44 minutes)

Georgetown, DE: 27 miles via US-113 N (37 minutes)

Cape Isle of Wight

Cape Isle of Wight is a charming neighborhood just northwest of West Ocean City. It sits along the Cape Isle of Wight Bay, providing the east side of the neighborhood with beautiful waterfront properties. This area is known for its fishing and crabbing grounds and is a perfect neighborhood for primary residents or those looking for a vacation home.

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Real Estate:

The median cost of real estate in the Cape Isle of Wight area is $374,920.

The homes in the Cape Isle of Wight neighborhood are mostly single-family properties with three to four bedrooms. These homes vary in price from $240,000 to $1.3 million for some of the more extravagant waterfront properties of the east side, which includes boat access.

Schools:

Cape Isle of Wight is a part of the Worcester County Public School. The schools closest to the neighborhood are:

Ocean City Elementary School - Located about 2 minutes from Cape Isle of Wight, this school houses around 600 students from pre-kindergarten to the 4th grade.

Berlin Intermediate School - Located 14 minutes from Cape Isle of Wight, this school houses about 810 students in the 4th to the 6th grades.

Stephen Decatur Middle School - Located 18 minutes from Cape Isle of Wight, this school houses about 650 students in the 7th and 8th grades.

Stephen Decatur High School - Located 9 minutes from Cape Isle of Wight, this school houses about 1,370 students in the 9th to the 12th grades.

For those seeking out private education, Seaside Christian Academy is a very small, privately-run school located 4 minutes away from Cape Isle of Wight and consists of just 46 students from pre-kindergarten to the 7th grade. Other area private schools are Most Blessed Sacrament outside of Ocean Pines and Worcester Prep in Berlin.

What’s Nearby:

The quieter neighborhood of Cape Isle of Wight is surrounded by beautiful forestry and water. Because of this, the area is perfect for those seeking a quieter lifestyle, able to explore nature and bask in the simple joys that it brings.

Herring Creek Nature Park is perfect for lazy afternoons spent enjoying a picnic or taking a walk. The waters of Cape Isle of Wight Bay makes for excellent conditions for canoeing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding.

For those who wish for a little more excitement, residents can venture over to West Ocean City where they can enjoy Baja Amusements and Gran Prix, OC Paintball, or the Flagship Movie Theater.

Commutes:

Residents of the Cape Isle of Wight neighborhood will find the 12 minute drive to get to downtown Ocean City a breeze. They get the best of both worlds with their quiet country home and their access to all the excitement and wonder of the famous Ocean City Boardwalk.

Other nearby cities include:

Berlin, MD: 9 miles via US- 50 W (16 minutes)

Salisbury, MD: 29 miles via US-50 W / Ocean Gateway (39 minutes)

Pocomoke City, MD: 36 miles via US-113 S (44 minutes)

Georgetown, DE: 34 miles via US-50 W / US-113 N (44 minutes)

Regardless of where you choose to live in Ocean City, you will be nestled among some of the most scenic and lovely areas along the east coast. An exciting and vibrant town that offers something for everyone, Ocean City is full of family friendly neighborhoods, top notch amenities, well rated schools and of course - a ton of fun!

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