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  • LeeAnn Rowland, Carla Sharman, Kim Cosler and Jason Cosler are proud to say that they live in Ben Oaks.
    Photo by Judy Tacyn
    LeeAnn Rowland, Carla Sharman, Kim Cosler and Jason Cosler are proud to say that they live in Ben Oaks.
  • Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.
    Photo by Judy Tacyn
    Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.
  • Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.
    Photo by Judy Tacyn
    Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.
  • Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.
    Photo by Judy Tacyn
    Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.
  • Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.
    Photo by Judy Tacyn
    Ben Oaks is known for Scott’s Pond, which includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport.

On Scott’s Pond: Year-Round Summer Home Living

Judy Tacyn
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June 27, 2018

Ben Oaks on the Severn, like so many of our tight-knit Severna Park neighborhoods, loves to socialize. Neighbors hold community events for holidays, pier parties twice every summer, and a neighborhood swim team practices and competes at “the pond,” Scott’s Pond. The 1 million gallon, aquifer-fed, fresh-water pond serves as a community gathering place. It’s approximately a half-acre, manmade pond fed by an artesian well and covered with white sand beach. The pond was engineered by resident Don Scott.

“The physical setting at the head of the Severn and uniqueness of the pond are rare, and the community has an appreciation of how our homes integrate with the environment,” said resident Kim Cosler. “The diversity in the architecture, the extent of tree canopy we enjoy, and a remarkable group of neighbors invested in preserving Ben Oaks’ character all make it a special place.”

The pond includes a playground, basketball court, picnic tables and plenty of green space for kids to play their favorite field sport. From the shore of the pond, residents have a beautiful view of the Severn River.

Ben Oaks comprises 154 homes along the Severn River. Construction began in the early 1950s. None of the homes were built on the Severn, so the entire Severn River waterfront — 3,500 feet — is a community space.

Jason and Kim Cosler
Residents for 13 Years

Jason and Kim Cosler worked, lived and sailed in Baltimore City for years before deciding to move out of the city to a water access community.

“Ben Oaks was ideal location for commuting into the city, close to Annapolis and D.C.,” Kim said. “[It] had beautiful community waterfront property, and had an incredible freshwater pond to enjoy in the summer.”

The Cosler children attend Benfield Elementary School, and the entire family loves the recently renovated, bright, spacious school.

“Neither Jason nor I are from Severna Park, but I think the fact that so many who grew up here choose to come back and raise a family here speaks volumes,” Kim said. “Our house was built in 1954 and we are only the third owners. Severna Park is a place people put down roots.”

Jason is a Green Hornets baseball coach, and Kim is the yearbook coordinator at Benfield. Both are actively involved in scouting with their kids.

“Ben Oaks is the type of neighborhood where children still play outside and neighbors know each other by name. We’ve been fortunate to live in a community of such generous and good-natured people,” Kim added. “There’s been a lot of laughs and a lot of support over the years. The landscape is great here, but the people really make Ben Oaks what it is.”

Brian and Carla Sharman
Residents for 10 Years

The Sharmans are an Air Force family. In 2008, while serving in Northern Iraq, Brian was notified that his family would be transferred to Andrews Air Force Base upon his return home. With relatives in the Linstead community, Brian and Carla already knew they had to have water access.

“The jewel of Ben Oaks is Scott’s Pond. It is priceless,” Carla said. “In fact, when you talk to other residents of Severna Park and you mention Ben Oaks, they may not recognize the name of the neighborhood. However, when you mention the pond, most people have that ‘ah-ha’ moment.”

Brian added, “Scott’s Pond is the center of gravity in Ben Oaks. It is what gives us our identity as a community and binds us together as friends and neighbors. Its true value cannot be overstated.”

The Sharmans also appreciate that Severna Park has a small-town feel despite its location between two large cities. They feel it’s the closeness of community that makes Ben Oaks unique and inviting.

“While we love our neighborhood setting and the amenities; it is the people that enrich our lives,” Carla said. “Moreover, several of our neighbors are truly selfless and give their time freely to improve our community. Ben Oakians have given us more help than we could ever expect to repay.”

Lyn and LeeAnn Rowland
Residents for One Year

The Rowlands think they hit the property jackpot when they moved from South Carolina last summer after connecting with a Ben Oaks-based realtor. The couple viewed Ben Oaks from afar online and fell in love with the community. Though they did look at a few other Severna Park communities, nothing could compare to “the pond,” river access and private pier and slips.

“We like the diversity of homes in our neighborhood,” LeeAnn said. “Having come from an area of master-planned communities with small lots where every house looks the same, this is a refreshing change.”

The couple was also happy with Benfield Elementary School. “We absolutely love it,” said LeeAnn. “Our daughter was able to come in as a new student and make friends right away. We were happy with her teacher, and impressed at all of the enrichment opportunities that the school has to offer.”

The Rowland family also appreciates the small-town feel of Severna Park and the close proximity to Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

“This neighborhood reminds me of the one I grew up in, where we know everybody, we look out for each other, we know each other’s children, etc.,” said LeeAnn. “I met more people and made more friends here in the one year I lived here than my former neighborhood where I lived for eight years! I know neighbors who grew up here and then come back and buy in here. That’s a testimony in itself; it’s that great of a neighborhood. I hope my children would want the same.”


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