Columbia ~ Ellicott City
Columbia and Ellicott City are neighboring census-designated places located between Baltimore and D.C., with short travel times varying from about 25 to 50 minutes to either of these major metros. But central location to some of the nation’s premier economic and political hubs are only part of what make the Columbia/Ellicott City area so enticing. As recently as 2010, CNN Money ranked the Columbia/Ellicott City area as No. 2 on its top 100 Places to Live in terms of America’s best small cities.
Ellicott City is known for its historic downtown district, which summons shoppers, history buffs, and culinary enthusiasts from far and wide. With buildings dating back to the late 1700s when the city was founded, tourists love to visit Ellicott City attractions such as the Thomas Isaac log cabin, The B&O Railway Museum that pays tribute to the area’s rich railroad history, and also take in one of Ellicott City’s world-famous ghost tours.
Ellicott City is also known for a vast array of dining options, with ethnic food coming from all over the globe. Among local favorites are Kimko Seafood, the top-rated Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant, and Portalli’s Italian fine dining restaurant. And another amazing cultural feature of the area that locals enjoy is The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, which puts on indoor and outdoor productions of the Bard’s classics year-round, marking the area as one of Maryland’s top theater destinations.
As for the Columbia area, it is one of Maryland’s most sought-after dwelling locations, with 10 villages in its boundaries and more than 100,000 residents. Known for its expansive verdant landscape, Columbia is host to a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities. With three lakes and more than 20 outdoor swimming pools, it has great swimming, kayaking and water sport communities. The area is also replete with a myriad of public parks that add to both the serenity and activity of Columbia/Ellicott City living.
Outside of the rich cultural and historic avenues that bolster the reputation of the Columbia/Ellicott City area, it’s also known as a wonderful family area, and boasts one of the top public education systems in the East Coast in the Howard County Public School System. Forbes has rated HCPSS as one of the most cost-efficient public education systems in the country.
The area’s affluence and family-oriented nature can also be attributed to the thriving professional market that exists here, with the National Security Agency and the Fort Meade Army base providing thousands of much-desired employment opportunities to Columbia/Ellicott City residents.
To hear more about Columbia and Ellicott City homes, please contact our team of real estate professionals. We would love to show you around this amazing area and give you an idea of what it feels like to live in one of the most sought-after areas in all of Maryland.