The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Shady Side, like most of South Anne Arundel County, is a tight-knit community. I moved here for almost 9 years ago without knowing anyone in the area. It wasn't until my children started school in the area that I was really invited into the community though. This would be a very hard area to live in if you have little to no friends/family nearby.
Every community is near the water and most have community parks. Very family friendly. Schools are good, especially the local Elementary school! A local grocery store nearby makes it easy to grab supplies, but don't expect to find a wide variety of food, shopping, doctors in the immediate area. Most people I know drive 30-45 minutes to do major shopping, medical appointments, etc.
The area has a small town rural feel, with some oddities. There is literally a United Methodist church right next door to a United Methodist church with congregations divided by race. The area is fairly conservative and a bit redneck.
The area here is prone to flooding because of its topography and all the houses are on well water, which is very prone to iron and sulfur deposits. My house has a water chlorination and softening system to help mitigate the issues, but fighting rust stains in toilets/tubs is an uphill battle.
K.D. | Shady Side, MD