I keep saying it, but if you want a nice piece of land, safe areas, and woods/fields/farms around you, look to the eastern shore. From our house, (near the 50/301 split), it takes us 30 minutes to Annapolis, 50 to DC, and 50 to Baltimore. We commuted over the Bay Bridge for 5 years. You get used to traffic in certain areas, but once you hit the bridge, it was like a weight lifted off.
I grew up in Annapolis and h-a-t-e coming back into town now. I remember when Edgewater had one stoplight and the old Safeway. Now urban sprawl has changed the lands below the South River into a giant suburbia.