Growth, Progress, Evolution
Seventy years ago, Carl Freeman created magic in the Maryland/Delaware real estate market by being a daring visionary with a strong sense of purpose. Today, it is Michelle Freeman who carries the Freeman name and the Freeman values into the 21st century. See some of the steps in our past, which will help you anticipate those of the future.
Bayside Institute is established. The year-round program offers members the chance to experience life enrichment classes, to learn new skills, explore new subjects, embrace new hobbies, and share wisdom in a myriad of areas.
Company purchases land in Beltsville, MD to develop St. Mary’s Square.
Olney Village, in Olney MD is redeveloped and renamed Fair Hill Shops.
Michelle Freeman named President and CEO of CMFA.
Bayside Marketplace opens in Selbyville, DE.
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is established to support the arts and bring the arts to the community in Delaware.
Michelle Freeman joins the Board of Directors of CMFA.
Last home site is sold at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes Ocean View, DE.
Carl M. Freeman Foundation hires Cheryl C. Kagan (now Maryland State Senator Cheryl C. Kagan) as first-ever Executive Director to expand impact of the Foundation.
First home site is sold at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes Ocean View, DE.
National Association of Home Builders recognizes The Village of Bear Trap Dunes with the Silver Best in Living Award for “Best Smart Growth Over 150 Homes.”
Last home settlement at Sea Colony, in Bethany Beach, Delaware, after more than 30 years of building.
Carl M. Freeman Real Estate Services is launched.
The Freeman Companies opens new corporate offices in Olney, Maryland.
Carl M. Freeman Foundation hires first-ever Executive Director to expand impact of the Foundation.
Atlantic Community Title Services, L.L.C. launched.
Redevelopment of the Olney Village Mart, now the Olney Village Center.
Coastal Community Mortgage, L.L.C. launched.
Opening of the Clubhouse at the Village of Bear Trap Dunes and completion of additional 9 holes of golf.
The Village at Bear Trap Dunes is named “Best New Development” in 2002 by Golf, Inc.
Grand Opening of The Olney Boys and Girls Club at Freeman Fields.
The Carl M. Freeman Foundation sponsors the first annual “Free Theatre at the Beach” event at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes.
Zoning and permitting are complete for the planned Bayside community to include 1,700 homes in Fenwick Island, Delaware.
Coastal Community Mortgage and Freeman Realty are launched.
Carl M. Freeman Golf purchases Hell’s Point Golf Club, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones.
Carl M. Freeman Foundation launches the F.A.C.E.S. Grants Program in Sussex County, Delaware.
Carl M. Freeman Golf purchases The Bay Club, located in Berlin, MD, just 6 miles west of Ocean City, MD. The Bay Club offers two 18-hole championship courses.
First home sold at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes.
The Carl M. Freeman Companies continue to grow with more than 200 employees.
Carl M. Freeman Foundation continues to support community philanthropies with generous gift to The Olney Boys & Girls Club, allowing for the development of new athletic facilities.
Carl M. Freeman Communities L.L.C. conducts research and planning for Americana Bayside.
Tribute for the late Mr. Carl M. Freeman is held at the Kennedy Center, with support from The National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Opera and The Washington Choral Arts Society.
Olney Village Mart in Olney, Maryland is acquired and becomes the home of Carl M. Freeman Retail, L.L.C.
Carl M. Freeman Communities, L.L.C. begins planning for The Village at Bear Trap Dunes.
Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club groundbreaking event is held in Ocean View, Delaware.
Carl M. Freeman Golf, L.L.C. is established.
Fairfax Junction is acquired and renovations to the shopping center in Fairfax, Virginia begin.
Rock Creek Village Shopping Center is acquired in Rockville, Maryland.
Great Falls Center in Great Falls, Virginia, is acquired and two-year redevelopment begins.
Market Place community shopping center at Sea Colony opens and provides gathering place for Sea Colony homeowners.
Delaware Governor’s Greensaver Award honors Sea Colony for its role in helping preserve the natural environment of the Delaware coast.
Ashburn Town Square is built in Ashburn, Virginia.
Development and sales begin at The Cove, a private marina community in North Bethany Beach, Delaware.
Carl M. Freeman becomes Chairman of the Board, and Joshua M. Freeman is named President of Carl M. Freeman Associates; Joshua M. Freeman begins to build new visionary team.
The first Sea Colony Make-A-Wish triathlon is held in Bethany Beach, Delaware sponsored by the Freeman Companies.
Sea Colony Development continues to include amenities including walking paths, pools and tennis courts.
Carl M. Freeman’s conservative approach enables Carl M. Freeman Associates to weather the turbulent economy; Company capitalizes on Resolution Trust Act.
Sea Colony Development continues and adds Fitness Center and additional homes.
Van Dorn Plaza community shopping center begins development in Alexandria, Virginia.
Carl M. Freeman implements vision of beachfront tennis community to become Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Delaware.
Carl M. Freeman Associates opens its first community shopping center Cabin John Mall & Shopping Center.
Cabin John Mall & Shopping Center groundbreaking begins in Potomac, Maryland.
House & Home magazine lists Carl M. Freeman Associates as one of nation’s top 12 builders.
Mr. Freeman helps establish Suburban Maryland Home Builders Association to standardized professional practices in the building industry and serves as the organization’s first President.
Early Carl M. Freeman innovations such as apartment balconies, garden apartments and Americana communities become widely mimicked across the country.
Carl M. Freeman establishes real estate company Carl M. Freeman Inc. in response to D.C.-area post-war housing shortage.