Howard County Real Estate
By blending the best of both world—rural and urban—Howard County has created a real estate market that surprises and delights. Between its small, historical towns and thriving modern cities and communities, long-time residents and newcomers enjoy a lifestyle rarely afforded in any other place in Maryland, or even in America.
Considered one of the most educated and affluent counties in the country, Howard County’s population of over 270,000 take a great deal of pride in the amazing progress of their people and places that they call home. Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, which includes over 7,000 acres of parkland, Howard County’s location just 25 minutes from Baltimore and 35 minutes from Washington, DC make it a cherished place for those seeking a quieter place to live. While many Howard County residents enjoy the easy commute to the employment options available in the nearby cities, Howard County’s own business community continues to thrive. Residents regularly attend national sporting events in Baltimore and Washington, DC, including NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL games, but can easily find cultural attractions right at home as the arts are a prized thread of Howard County’s social fabric. Between home and away there are plenty ways to work and play by living in Howard County.
The good life afforded by making Howard County your home hasn’t been lost to those who aren’t fortunate to live here. National accolades continue to be given to Howard County and its cities and towns like Ellicott City, the county seat, or the modern community of Columbia, the lovely smaller places like Laurel, Clarksville, Elkridge and Fulton each bring something wonderful and unique to the Howard County lifestyle. Recognitions—and these are but a handful of them—include the Amercian City Business Journal’s “Top 20 Counties in the U.S.” for quality of life; America’s Promise Alliance award as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People”; Sports Illustrated’s award for “Good Sports Community of the Year”; USA Today’s “Best Places to Live”; and Forbes Magazine’s “Best Places to Raise a Family.”
If asked why so many organizations and publications have heaped their praise on the quality of life in Howard County, most residents will soon mention the quality of its schools. The Howard County Public School District is consistently ranked in the top two in all of Maryland. Notable standouts in this already exemplary system of public education include River Hill High School, which stands on top in nearly every test score and other category; and Centennial High and Mt. Hebron High School are also in constant contention for the highest of educational excellence awards. The amazing schools, incredible teachers and the dedication of students and parents has long been an attraction to those looking to buy a home in Howard County.
To top it all off, Howard County real estate matches the other lifestyle amenities offered here. Within the last 40 years, predating the rapid growth of Baltimore and Washington, DC, Howard County has changed from a primarily rural community to one that today contains a mix of well-planned suburbs, business parks to compliment the few operational farms. It’s a balance of the today and yesterday that make Howard County such a special place to live!