Housing Near Fort Meade & NSA

Housing Near Fort Meade in Maryland

Fort Meade housing boils down to 2 options - on base or off base - and after those decisions are made, if “off-base” is your choice, renting or buying becomes the follow-up consideration. See below for an updated list of homes for sale near Fort Meade (within a roughly 20-minute driving distance).

  • On-Base Housing: Fort Meade offers on-base housing for active duty military personnel and their families. However, there is often a waiting list, so it's important to apply as soon as possible - and housing might still not be available when it’s time to report to your new location.
  • Off-Base Housing: There are many different types of housing options available in the areas surrounding Fort Meade, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes. The cost of rent or a mortgage will vary depending on the size and location of the home, but generally, housing costs in the area are higher than the national average.

Housing Near Fort Meade (Within a 20-Minute Drive)

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Moving and/or PCS’ing to Fort Meade, Maryland or Nearby Areas

Real Estate Agent Near Fort Meade Dustin Oldfather

Founder of our real estate agency, Dustin Oldfather served in the U.S. military, as did his father and grandfather. As a veteran real estate agent, Dustin knows what it's like to move because of deployments.

If you are being transferred to Fort Meade, or if you are a civilian and would like to purchase a home near the base - our team of experts at The Oldfather Group are here to help. Our founder, Dustin Oldfather, is a 3rd-generation member of the military, and the entire team has strong ties to our military community. They understand how lives can be changed by a PCS order, sometimes expected, sometimes unexpected. If you’re making a permanent change of station (PCS) to the area, buying a home near Fort Meade is a great choice instead of relying on the rental market or the limited on-base housing. Our team of real estate agents near Fort Meade can help you find the right home for your family.

No matter which branch of military you’re serving in, or what job you’ll be performing when you move - finding a home that is comfortable for you and within your budget is an important step. You might be working for the Defense Information School, the United States Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, the Defense Courier Service, Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters, or the U.S. Navy's Cryptologic Warfare Group Six. No matter what your job is, our team can help you find the right spot to wind down and enjoy all that mid-state and coastal Maryland has to offer.

On This Page:

  1. Can Civilians or Veterans Move to Fort Meade, MD?
  2. PCS'ing to Fort Meade, Maryland
  3. Preparing for a Soft Landing - Rent or Buy near Fort Meade - How Do I Decide?
  4. Where Is The Best Place To Live If You Work At Fort Meade
  5. Choose The Oldfather Group to Help With Your Fort Meade Housing Search

Real Estate Near Fort Meade in MD

Can Civilians or Veterans Move to Fort Meade, MD?

Of course, there is an unincorporated community near the Fort Meade military base, and anyone can move there. Veterans can live on-post at Fort Meade in certain cases if housing is available. Here's what you need to know:

  • Housing Options Near Fort Meade: If you are moving to the area as a Civilian, explore surrounding areas like Laurel, Odenton, Severn, or Gambrills for various housing options like apartments, townhomes, and single-family homes. Partnering with a local realtor from The Oldfather Group for your search can cut through a lot of frustration. The market moves fast in the area, and you need someone on your side who understands the urgency of your housing needs.
  • Cost of Living Near Fort Meade: Be prepared for a relatively high cost of living, especially for housing, due to the area's proximity to major cities like Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
  • Job Market: Fort Meade itself is a major employer. The National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies are major employers in the area, creating job opportunities in various sectors like technology, intelligence, and defense. However, these positions may require security clearances.
  • Schools Near Fort Meade:
    • Public Schools: The quality of public schools varies depending on the specific district. Research schools in your chosen neighborhood using resources like GreatSchools or contacting the school district directly.
    • Private Schools: Several private schools in the area offer alternative options.

You may have family who are permanently assigned to Fort Meade, or maybe you want to retire to the area to be near your kids and grandchildren. Whatever your reason, finding a great place to live in the area is possible - but the market is fast and having someone to help you search is a key step to keeping your sanity! Give our team a call!

PCS'ing to Fort Meade, Maryland

Congratulations! Your permanent change of station orders are sending you to Maryland - we’re a bit biased, but we’re sure you’ll love the area and all the amenities it has to offer! Here are some tips to help you prepare for your move to the area:

  • Connect with other military families: Join social groups, online forums, or Facebook groups to find a support network and ask questions about the area.
  • Explore the area: Consider an advance trip to familiarize yourself with surrounding towns, amenities, and potential recreation options. You might want to check out schools and jobs for your partner before you make the actual move to the area. Looking at housing options with a realtor from The Oldfather Group will not only give you a tour of the area, it will help you understand the housing market and make decisions about where to live as you PCS to the area.
  • Prepare for the climate: Maryland experiences all four seasons, with hot and humid summers and cold winters. This may be similar to your previous duty station, or it may be completely different. It's definitely something to consider as you prepare for the move.

Preparing for a Soft Landing - Rent or Buy near Fort Meade - How Do I Decide?

Deciding whether to rent or buy a home after a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) to Fort Meade, Maryland depends on several factors specific to your situation. Here are some key considerations to help you weigh your options:

Factors favoring renting:

  • Length of assignment: If your expected stay at Fort Meade is less than 2-3 years, renting might be more practical. The closing costs associated with buying a home can be significant, and you wouldn't have enough time to recoup them if you sell quickly.
  • Market conditions: The housing market in the Fort Meade area is currently competitive, with rising interest rates and potentially longer closing times. Renting might offer more flexibility in this environment.
  • Uncertainty about future location: If you're unsure about your future assignments or career plans, renting allows you to remain mobile and avoid being tied down to a specific location.

Factors favoring buying:

  • Long-term stability: If you expect to stay at Fort Meade for several years or longer, buying a home can be a good investment. You'll build equity over time and potentially benefit from appreciation in the housing market.
  • Family Requirements: If you have children, having a stable home off-base may be a good investment.
  • Financial readiness: Owning a home comes with additional financial responsibilities, including property taxes, maintenance costs, and homeowners insurance. Ensure you have a stable income, good credit score, and sufficient down payment to comfortably afford homeownership.
  • Desire for stability and putting down roots: Owning a home can provide a sense of stability and community, especially if you plan to stay in the area for an extended period.

Ultimately, the best choice for you depends on your individual circumstances and priorities. Carefully weigh the factors mentioned above and consult with our team of real estate agents who are familiar with the Fort Meade area for personalized guidance.

Where Is The Best Place To Live If You Work At Fort Meade

Here are some of the popular towns near Fort Meade:

  • Laurel: Laurel is a large town with a variety of housing options, from affordable apartments to luxury homes. It is also home to several shopping centers and restaurants.
  • Severn: Severn is a smaller town with a more suburban feel. It is a good option for families looking for a quiet and safe community.
  • Odenton: Odenton is a growing town with a mix of urban and suburban neighborhoods. It is a good option for families who want to be close to Fort Meade but also want to have easy access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
  • Columbia: Columbia is a planned community with a variety of housing options, from apartments to single-family homes. It is also home to several shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options.

The larger cities of Washington, D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore are also nearby.

Choose The Oldfather Group to Help With Your Fort Meade Housing Search

Our team has close ties to the military community near Fort Meade. As a 3rd generation service member, Dustin Oldfather has deep knowledge about the ups and downs of PCS’ing with or without a family. Our team of real estate agents near Fort Meade also assist as military members find housing in the area - working with them to buy or rent, or do a bit of both as they move to Fort Meade or nearby communities.

Deciding where to live near Fort Meade, Maryland can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. Contact The Oldfather Group today! Our team of local real estate experts can help you navigate the housing market, find the perfect home for your needs, and ensure a smooth transition to your new community. Whether you're PCS'ing or a civilian looking to buy, we're here to help you find your place in Maryland.

Reviews of Fort Meade Real Estate Agents

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Julie Seymour is the best! She was patient, understanding, and never tired of showing us different houses. She was honest and gave us good advice throughout the process. We could not have be more grateful!" -Lisa F.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Julie is hands down the Best realtor around. She really goes above and beyond to sell your home and find you the home of your dreams! If you are wanting to sell or buy I wouldn’t go with anyone else. She’s number one!!!" -Ashley P.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Julie Seymour is excellent! She knows the ins and outs of the area and will help you find the best home for your needs. She is knowledgeable and professional. You couldn’t ask for a better agent." -Jillian H.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Julie Seymour! The absolute best realtor…if you are looking for your dream home and your forever home she will find it for you! I highly recommend Julie." -Nicole B.

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