Columbia Real Estate
Columbia set the standard for master-planned communities when it was opened in 1967. Today, it is a model of a diverse community, where each neighborhood and family shares a common bond. Developed with convenience in mind, Columbia and nearly 100,000 residents in the ten self-contained communities enjoy incredible amenities that most can only envy.
Columbia features a variety of real estate options spread throughout its 10 villages, each with several neighborhoods. The villages—Wilde Lake, Harper’s Choice, Oakland Mills, Long Reach, Owen Brown, Hickory Ridge, Dorsey’s Search, Kings Contrivance, River Hill and Town Center—provide Columbia residents a small-town feel. Each village has its own shopping centers, community center, recreational facilities and bike and walking paths to compliment the variety of homes. Most of the neighborhoods in the 10 villages in Columbia include single family homes, condos and townhomes.
Those who call Columbia home have a wide array of outdoor recreational opportunities which were included in the original design of the community. Recreational facilities, which are operated and maintained by Columbia’s homeowners association, include six indoor and 23 outdoor swimming pools, ice and roller skating rinks and an equestrian center. A sports park includes batting cages, miniature golf, playgrounds, tennis, basketball courts and much more. Columbia residents can also enjoying fishing, sailing and boating on Lake Kittamaqundi, Lake Elkhorn and Wilde Lake. The lakes are surrounding by parkland where residents also enjoy paths for biking and jogging
Columbia residents also enjoy a variety of community activities that include a variety of festivals and fairs throughout the year, including the Columbia Festival of the Arts held at Lake Kittamaqundi. Live performances at Toby’s Dinner Theatre and Howard Community College’s Rep State are well attended and Columbia residents and visitors alike enjoy the laughs delivered by comics at Taglines Comedy Club. Of course sports fans enjoy short jaunts to see professional teams like MLB’s Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins, the NBA’s Wizards and the NHL’s Capitals. Golfers enjoy playing a few rounds at the over 40 golf courses located within a 40 minute drive, too!
Of course, Columbia is known for much more than just its local amenities and convenient location to Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Columbia and its sister city, Ellicott City, enjoy a very low crime rate and fantastic schools. Located in Howard County, the schools in Columbia and Ellicott City are nationally-recognized for their education excellence. The Howard County Public School System is without doubt one of the best in America, ranking either in the top two for all of Maryland for 15 years running. The great schools, community amenities and stellar real estate market are contributing factors in why Columbia and Ellicott City are consistently ranked in Money magazine’s “Top 10” best cities in America.