Renowned as a resort up and down the eastern seaboard since the late nineteenth century, today Ocean City, Maryland has a year-round population of roughly 7,000 residents. It stretches across four square miles of barrier island in the Atlantic ocean, and is visited by tourists year-round, and especially in the summer months. Homebuyers looking for oceanfront ambience will be as delighted by the variety of high- and low-rise condominiums and one-and two-story single-family homes available as by their buyer-friendly price point.
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Popular for its seaside location since the days Algonquian tribes came to the island to fish, Ocean City was still a sleepy fishing outpost in 1875, when the opening of the Atlantic Hotel attracted visitors. The next year the railroad came across the Sinepuxent Bay, and Ocean City's destiny as a resort town was sealed. Winters are cool, with the temperature occasionally falling below freezing, but in the summertime, Ocean City's ten miles of beach and three miles of old-fashioned boardwalk are among the east coast's most popular attractions. The boardwalk is packed with family-friendly activities, including bike rentals, carnival rides, and arcades, and a tram runs the length of it, collecting and dropping riders at various shops and restaurants.
Summer living in Ocean City is centered on the beach, which is home to a variety of festivals and family activities during the day and into the evening. The Family Beach Olympics take place on Tuesday evenings and include weekly events like sandcastle contests and tug of war. Sundaes in the Park gives families a chance to enjoy ice cream and live music while the sun goes down, and then end their Sunday night with a bang-by way of a fireworks display. Ocean City also hosts movie nights on the beach, a kite festival, and an air show. Kids can participate in summer camp programs around the city that offer programs in science, sports, and junior beach patrol, and the Ocean Bowl skate park provides over 30,000 square feet of concrete ramps, pools, and track for skateboarders and inline skaters. A performing arts center offers concerts, ballets, and children's productions. The Life Saving Station Museum curates exhibits on local culture and honors the important role in local history played by the United States Life-Saving Service, which established a station in Ocean City in 1891 from which members rescued shipwreck victims. If the beach is what you're about, take a look at our listings of homes for sale in Ocean City.