What do you get when you purchase a Keelty home.  It can be summed up in three words: Strength, Stability, and Longevity.

While much has changed since the Keelty family built their first home over 100 years ago, one thing will forever remain the same – a commitment to building exceptionally crafted homes in the best locations in Maryland. As a company, Keelty believes that a strong sense of community is the key to healthy living – from the family structure and the environment, to local commerce, and beyond. It is this  “community” perspective that has made Keelty one of Maryland’s premier builders since 1904.

The Keelty Company Yesterday

As a young man, James Keelty migrated from Ireland and settled in Baltimore, where he became a stonemason. In 1904, he began building homes, first on Calvert Street, then at the site of the former Orioles baseball park.

In 1932, Keelty began constructing Rodger’s Forge, one of Baltimore County’s first suburban townhome communities. Approximately 600 homes were completed before World War II halted construction.

In 1946, James Jr. and his younger brother Joseph, a naval officer in the Pacific fleet, went on to complete their father’s vision for Rodgers Forge before building homes deeper into Baltimore County’s growing suburbs.

The Keelty Company has blazed a trail of new home communities throughout the state, including Mays Chapel Village, Doncaster Village and Mays Chapel North, some of the most successful planned communities in Maryland and the blueprint for planned communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  Today Keelty is a fourth-generation, family-owned and family-operated company with an innate understanding of regional design and lifestyle preferences. Each community is a culmination of everything learned to date, as well as a groundbreaking undertaking to bring a better quality of life to Marylanders.

The Keelty Company Today

As the most established regional building company of its kind in Maryland, The Keelty Company offers over 100 years of experience and more hands-on expertise than any other company in the region.  Here you’ll discover expertise in all phases of real estate:  residential development, commercial real estate, property management, land development, and special asset management.

The Keelty vision of community embraces both the principles of smart growth and traditional community values. Creating a better living and working environments is the company goal.  To achieve it involved the design and implementation of innovative planning concepts to protect the environment, preserve meaningful space and enhance quality of life.

It’s all about the neighborhood

At the Keelty Company, just as much effort is spent planning the neighborhood as the design and building of modern, energy efficient new homes. Careful neighborhood planning allows natural terrain and foliage to integrate seamlessly into the community. Planned amenities, including parks, walking paths, picnic areas and even community centers, provide common areas for residents to interact and enjoy their neighborhood with others.  In fact, Cider Mill was among the nation’s first communities to be NAHB Green certified and Energy Star® qualified.  From developing large master planned developments to planning smaller subdivisions, the Keelty land development team stays hands-on every step of the way.

The Keelty Built Home – A 100 Year Legacy of Craftsmanship

From luxury town homes and spacious villas to custom single family homes, The Keelty company has over a century of experience building new homes for Maryland families. A wide range of distinctive home designs featuring a floor plan to fit every lifestyle.  From 2,400 square feet up to over 4,000 square feet, Keelty Homes are built with care and attention to detail unmatched in the home building industry.  Best of all, each home can be personalized to meet the unique needs of each family.  From first floor master suites and crowd-sized kitchens to home theatre rooms and home gyms, Keelty is ready to build your dream home.


1904.  35 Year Old Stonemason James Keelty builds homes on Calvert Street near where Mercy Hospital Center stands today.

1922.  The new Keelty company builds his trademark “Daylight” row houses which feature a window in every room.

1932.  After completion of Edmondson Village, Keelty begins construction on Rodgers Forge,  one of Baltimore County’s first suburban townhome communities.

1946.  James Keelty’s two sons, James Jr. and Joseph, continue the Keelty vision building homes in Baltimore’s burgeoning suburbs.

1957.  Keelty begins builiding some of the first single family home developments in Baltimore County:  Thornleigh, The Village Green and Seminary Ridge.

1960’s.  Keelty pioneers a new approach to real estate development by designing and building mixed use communities featuring single-family homes, town homes, apartments and condominiums.

1990’s.  Keelty developed Mays Chapel Ridge, a senior retirement community and Roundwood Center, a thriving retail complex close by.

2000 and Today.  The Keelty Company continues its legacy of building communities for Maryland families with the development of Cider Mill and the Villages at Turf Valley in Howard County.