Living in Columbia, MD

Columbia, Maryland, is a planned community located about 20 miles from downtown Baltimore. However, you may be interested to know that Columbia comprises more than just one community. In fact, when viewed on a map, it's clear that the community is divided into ten separate villages or neighborhoods.

Things to Do in Columbia

As a planned community, you can expect to find plenty of attractions and activities in Columbia. Practically every Columbia neighborhood has an attraction that makes it unique.

Walking around Lake Kittamaqundi is a good way to relax and explore the various restaurants and shops along the lake's west side. Petit Louis Bistro is a particularly nice restaurant for residents who enjoy French cuisine.

Kids and adults alike will love the Robinson Nature Center. It has plenty of outdoor exhibits where people can learn about the nature that lives around them every day.

Other parks and recreation centers based in Columbia include Clarksville Environmental Area, Cedar Lake Park, Centennial Park and Symphony Woods Park. The designers who planned Columbia, Maryland certainly understood the importance of giving its residents easy access to parks and other places for outdoor recreation.

The Merriweather Post Pavilion is another way to enjoy the outdoors in Columbia. The venue hosts a wide range of acts throughout the year. Since it's practically located at the city's center, people from all neighborhoods can congregate without traveling far from their homes.

Columbia Housing

Since Columbia, Maryland was built in stages from the 1960s to 1990, you won't see too much architectural diversity within the individual villages. One exception is the Columbia neighborhood of Stevens Forest, where you can discover a mixture of Modern, California and Contemporary architectural styles.

When searching for Columbia real estate, you will find that most of the buildings are designed as single-family homes. Despite that, there are apartment buildings that have been constructed in recent years. This mixture makes it possible for nearly anyone to find suitable homes for sale in Columbia.


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What Locals Love

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  • As a planned community, Columbia offers residents all of the comforts of suburbia including easy access to shops, restaurants and activities.
  • The plenitude of parks and recreation centers will help keep every member of the family busy while the Robinson Nature Center features indoor and outdoor exhibits about the beautiful nature that surrounds the local area.
  • Music lovers enjoy the ease of access to Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue that plays host to a wide variety of touring musical acts and festivals.

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Columbia Real Estate at a Glance

  • 287 Homes Sold*
  • 83 Avg. Days on Market*
  • $325,750 Median Price*

*over last 3 months

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