There are several neighborhoods that are reasonably close to the DC metro area. Some people choose to live a bit farther out and deal with the extra commuting time. The trade off is found in the lifestyles that are a bit different.
You can live close to the water in Annapolis. Columbia is the oldest planned community in the country and continues to offer the promise Mr. Rouse made when he developed the area. Ellicott City is a quaint little town that features older homes, a unique main street and off the beaten path art gallery/studio.
Follow any of the links to these other important neighborhoods to discover information that will give you a sense of the lifestyle and access to homes for sale.