Looking for a “small town” feel in a major metropolitan area? Then search no further than Columbia, MD. Located in Howard County, Columbia is the product of developer James W. Rouse who wanted to build a community around a “village concept” to promote interaction amon g residents. Homes for sale in Columbia span across 10 villages which are in close proximity to local shopping centers, recreational facilities, a community center, schools, and bike/walking paths (93.5 miles). At the heart of Columbia is a vibrant town center featuring Lake Kittamaqundi, a promenade, restaurants, and The Columbia Mall with over 200 stores and restaurants and a 14 screen megaplex movie cinema.
Serving the needs of the residents of Columbia is a comprehensive network of individual community associations, collectively known as the Columbia Association (CA), which provides community amenities and recreational, cultural and services to Columbia residents. In total, residents enjoy over 3,500 acres of permanent open space, including 148 tot lots, 225 pedestrian bridges, the 40-acre Symphony Woods, 3 lakes (Lake Kittamaqundi, Lake Elkhorn, and Wilde Lake), 19 ponds and natural open space areas. The CA also sponsors free concerts on Lake Kittamaqundi and the 4th of July and Annual Columbia Association Anniversary celebrations. There are also ample recreational facilities which house 23 outdoor swimming pools, six indoor pools, ice and roller skating rinks, an equestrian center, a sports park with miniature golf and batting cages, a skateboard park, picnic pavilions, clubhouses and playgrounds, three athletic clubs including the, numerous indoor and outdoor tennis, basketball, volleyball, squash and racquetball courts, two golf clubs, and running tracks. NOTE: Some of the aforementioned amenities require have additional fees associated with them that are not covered by your Columbia Association dues, also known as the Columbia Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Fees.
In addition the amenities offered by the CA, Columbia residents may also take advantage of the many other cultural, recreational, and social activities that call Columbia home. Into music, well you are in ear shot of Merriweather Post Pavilion, where acts like, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the B52’s and Billy Idol have played. Like wine, well then the Annual Wine Festival, known as the Wine in the Woods is the place to sample and purchase some of the wines produced by Maryland Wineries. If jazz is your thing, then the multi-day Capital JazzFest is where you will hear some of the coolest music performed by artists whom you won’t see anywhere else in the Washington-Baltimore area. For the athletes, there are many athletic events throughout the year including the Columbia Triathlon, the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon, and the Half-Full Triathlon, to name a few. And during the holidays, the Symphony of Lights at Symphony Woods will get you in the holiday spirit.
And if you needed another reason to consider Columbia, then consider its close proximity to Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, all of which can be accessed by roadways including U.S. Route 29, Interstate 95, MD 32, MD 108, MD 100, and MD 175.
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