Rich in history and culture, Ellicott City is located less than an hour from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. Located in Howard County, over 66,000 happy residents call this historic community home. In fact, Money magazine has recognized this prospering community as one the best places to live in the United States in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010. Prospective homebuyers and investors will find that Ellicott City offers a wide variety of real estate options, which include everything from single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses, to estate properties.
Ellicott City is home to the famous B&O Railroad Station Museum?the oldest railroad station in America?and is close to the scenic Patapsco State Park. Originally built on tobacco and wheat farms, the city is now home to Data Computer Corporation of America and other high tech firms. There are several designated historic sites to explore in Ellicott City, and Howard County has five regional parks for residents to enjoy picnics, hiking trails, and sports facilities. Antique shops, galleries and boutiques are plentiful in Ellicott City and larger centers such as Arundel Mills and Chatham Station Shopping Center are close by.
The Howard County Public School System provides academic services to students in the city. The schools strive for excellence in the "seven characteristics of a quality school" as identified by the National Effective Schools movement: a safe and orderly environment, a climate of high expectations for success, instructional leadership, a clear and focused mission, opportunity to learn and adequate "time on task," frequent monitoring of student progress, and home-school relations. Howard Community College is one of the nearby advanced education options.
Ellicott City Real Estate Market: Prices of Ellicott City Houses for Sale
Ideal for professionals who commute daily to the Baltimore metro area, military personnel, and families, Ellicott City has the perfect home for everyone. Real estate in the suburban community of Ellicott City is plentiful and affordable, with many condos and townhouses starting from $155,000 in such communities as Dorsey Hall and Woodland Village. Toll House and Brightfield are other townhome communities that are priced up to $400,000. Many condominium and townhome communities offer private patios and decks, child play areas and lush landscaping.
Single-family homes start from the $200,000s in Worthington, Mount Hebron and Turf Valley and run over several million dollars in communities such as Brantwood, Burleigh Manor, and Hawksfield Estates. Many locations in and around Ellicott City have large pastoral lots and stream or creek frontage. Golf course properties are another option. Prices for luxury estate homes in new home subdivisions range from $800,000 to over $2.5 million for elegant properties on large lots. Historic single-family homes built in the late 1800s and early 1900s are also available for purchase.