Talbot County is the place to be on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. 259 square miles of beautiful land adjoin five rivers and pristine shore line. The area strikes a perfect balance of nature and urban development, offering fine restaurants, shopping, concerts with boating, fishing and other outdoor activities. Gorgeous 18th- and 19th-Century estates are highlights of the real estate market here, but there are plenty of new developments and historic homes.
The Town of Easton is a small arts community, about 10 square miles in size. It’s home to the famous Avalon Theatre and the beautiful Tidewater Inn. The town hosts popular festivals like Waterfowl Festival (November), Festival of Trees (November and December) and the Plen Air art festival and competition (July).
Easton is known for fine dining and great local shopping. The real estate market in Easton offers a wide variety of homes for people of all tastes and means. The downtown area is known primarily for stately historic homes. There are plenty of subdivisions, like Easton Club, Easton Village and Cooke’s Hope, with new and recent construction single-family and town homes. Fine estate homes are found on Easton’s plentiful waterfront, mainly along Oxford and St. Michaels roads.
The Town of Oxford is a quiet small community on the Tred Avon River. It’s home to the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, the famous Robert Morris Inn and the Scottish Highland Creamery, which serves the best ice cream on the East Coast. The town’s sleepy streets are lined with brick sidewalks. There’s a waterside community park, a small town grocery store and a few restaurants for good sea fare. The town itself is a narrow peninsula surrounded by water.
Oxford is known more for its marinas and its beautiful homes than for tourist attractions. Homes downtown vary in price, but they are mostly historic, colonial-style homes. The waterfront homes are particularly prized. There are also fine estate properties close to town along Oxford Road.
St. Michaels is a maritime village built around the famous St. Michaels harbor. It offers a very different lifestyle than that of neighboring Easton and Oxford. St. Michaels is a tourist destination, full of great shops and restaurants. On weekends and summer afternoons, the streets of downtown are full of locals and visitors, looking for the blue crabs and ice cream in town. A few popular destinations are the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (pictured here), the Crab Claw Restaurant and The Inn at Perry Cabin. People come to town for Carpenter Street Cart Races (St. Patrick’s Day), WineFest (spring), the antique and classic boat festival (summer) and Christmas in St. Michaels.
Real estate in the area consists mostly of historic houses in town and waterfront estates just outside of St. Michaels proper. There are a few upscale developments, like Martingham and Perry Cabin, plus some more modest developments like Back Creek Landing.
Tilghman Island is best described as an "old fashioned waterman’s community." It is located on the westernmost tip of the county, and it is a popular place to live for those involved in the seafood business. It’s also a popular destination for those interested in fishing trips and other water adventures. Many people choose to buy a second home in Tilghman because of the privacy and fantastic Chesapeake Bay views found on the island.