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Welcome to Rio Vista

Rio Vista, established in 1954, is a Deed Restricted Community located in St. Michaels, Maryland. To learn more about the history of our community, please visit our Community History page. 

NOTICE: New By-Laws (*12/22) – Posted for Review (click to view)


Third Extension of Restrictions of the Rio Vista filed in Talbot County Land Records


  • Fulfills requirement of Deed & Agreement that restrictions are extended every 20 years
  • Most changes are minor and ensure By-Laws are in accordance with latest local statutes and regulations.
  • Changes within, additions to, or deletions from these By-Laws:
    • Require a consideration period of no less than thirty (30) days for Board review
    • Require a majority vote of the Board; and
    • Require written notice to the General Membership within ninety (90) days.




Rio Vista is a lovely and friendly place where neighbors take pride in and enjoy our community’s peaceful beauty year-round. Rio Vista’s governing documents, the Deed and Agreement and By-Laws contain important rules to maintain our great quality of life. As a reminder, Rio Vista does not permit property owners or tenants to rent their properties to week-end or other short-term vacationers. This includes rentals using VRBO, AirBNB, HomeAway and other internet sites, vacation rental agencies, realtors or rentals by the property owner directly to individuals.


Property owners may enter into leases to long-term tenants if the lease period is one year or more.
*Sub-leasing for less than one year is not permitted under any circumstances.
*The Architectural Committee will review plans that suggest short-term rentals or, guest houses are being planned and may deny approval.


Please contact a member of the Rio Vista Board of Governors if you have any questions.

Judy Sandground & Board of Governors


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In & Around Rio Vista

Rio Vista Amenities

On the Water

Rio Vista Wildlife

Winter Scenes