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.

Present
2014

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.

2013

Company purchases land in Beltsville, MD to develop St. Mary’s Square.

2010

Olney Village, in Olney MD is redeveloped and renamed Fair Hill Shops.

2010

Michelle Freeman named President and CEO of CMFA.

2000's
2007

Bayside Marketplace opens in Selbyville, DE.

2007

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is established to support the arts and bring the arts to the community in Delaware.

2006

Michelle Freeman joins the Board of Directors of CMFA.

2006

Last home site is sold at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes Ocean View, DE.

2006

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.

2005

First home site is sold at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes Ocean View, DE.

2004

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.”

2004

Last home settlement at Sea Colony, in Bethany Beach, Delaware, after more than 30 years of building.

2003

Carl M. Freeman Real Estate Services is launched.

2003

The Freeman Companies opens new corporate offices in Olney, Maryland.

2003

Carl M. Freeman Foundation hires first-ever Executive Director to expand impact of the Foundation.

2003

Atlantic Community Title Services, L.L.C. launched.

2003

Redevelopment of the Olney Village Mart, now the Olney Village Center.

2002

Coastal Community Mortgage, L.L.C. launched.

2002

Opening of the Clubhouse at the Village of Bear Trap Dunes and completion of additional 9 holes of golf.

2002

The Village at Bear Trap Dunes is named “Best New Development” in 2002 by Golf, Inc.

2002

Grand Opening of The Olney Boys and Girls Club at Freeman Fields.

2001

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation sponsors the first annual “Free Theatre at the Beach” event at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes.

2001

Zoning and permitting are complete for the planned Bayside community to include 1,700 homes in Fenwick Island, Delaware.

2001

Coastal Community Mortgage and Freeman Realty are launched.

2000

Carl M. Freeman Golf purchases Hell’s Point Golf Club, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones.

2000

Carl M. Freeman Foundation launches the F.A.C.E.S. Grants Program in Sussex County, Delaware.

2000

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.

2000

First home sold at The Village at Bear Trap Dunes.

1990's
1999

The Carl M. Freeman Companies continue to grow with more than 200 employees.

1999

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.

1999

Carl M. Freeman Communities L.L.C. conducts research and planning for Americana Bayside.

1999

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.

1999

Olney Village Mart in Olney, Maryland is acquired and becomes the home of Carl M. Freeman Retail, L.L.C.

1998

Carl M. Freeman Communities, L.L.C. begins planning for The Village at Bear Trap Dunes.

1998

Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club groundbreaking event is held in Ocean View, Delaware.

1998

Carl M. Freeman Golf, L.L.C. is established.

1998

Fairfax Junction is acquired and renovations to the shopping center in Fairfax, Virginia begin.

1998

Rock Creek Village Shopping Center is acquired in Rockville, Maryland.

1997

Great Falls Center in Great Falls, Virginia, is acquired and two-year redevelopment begins.

1997

Market Place community shopping center at Sea Colony opens and provides gathering place for Sea Colony homeowners.

1996

Delaware Governor’s Greensaver Award honors Sea Colony for its role in helping preserve the natural environment of the Delaware coast.

1996

Ashburn Town Square is built in Ashburn, Virginia.

1995

Development and sales begin at The Cove, a private marina community in North Bethany Beach, Delaware.

1992

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.

1990

The first Sea Colony Make-A-Wish triathlon is held in Bethany Beach, Delaware sponsored by the Freeman Companies.

1990

Sea Colony Development continues to include amenities including walking paths, pools and tennis courts.

1980's
1988

Carl M. Freeman’s conservative approach enables Carl M. Freeman Associates to weather the turbulent economy; Company capitalizes on Resolution Trust Act.

1980

Sea Colony Development continues and adds Fitness Center and additional homes.

1970's
1972

Van Dorn Plaza community shopping center begins development in Alexandria, Virginia.

1971

Carl M. Freeman implements vision of beachfront tennis community to become Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

1960's
1968

Carl M. Freeman Associates opens its first community shopping center Cabin John Mall & Shopping Center.

1967

Cabin John Mall & Shopping Center groundbreaking begins in Potomac, Maryland.

1964

House & Home magazine lists Carl M. Freeman Associates as one of nation’s top 12 builders.

1950's
1957

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.

1953

Early Carl M. Freeman innovations such as apartment balconies, garden apartments and Americana communities become widely mimicked across the country.

1940's
1946

Carl M. Freeman establishes real estate company Carl M. Freeman Inc. in response to D.C.-area post-war housing shortage.