Columbia | MD
Light-filled Columbia condo with lake views is your perfect oasis. Boasting over 1,400 sq ft, this home offers a spacious master bedroom with ensuite bath and custom built-ins, large balcony overlooking Wilde Lake, and beautiful wood flooring throughout the living area. Open-concept living with just enough privacy, and a gourmet kitchen with all of the bells and whistles. Amenities galore, this full-service building with easy accessibility has an outdoor pool, fitness center, front desk, community room, elevators, and on-site management, so you never have to leave! One garage parking space and storage locker included. Offered at $314,900.
Columbia is a census-designated place in Howard County, Maryland, United States, and is one of the principal cities of the Baltimore metropolitan area and the Washington metropolitan area. It is a planned community consisting of 10 self-contained villages. It began with the idea that a city could enhance its residents’ quality of life. Creator and developer James W. Rouse saw the new community in terms of human values, rather than merely economics and engineering. Opened in 1967, Columbia was intended to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious and class segregation. Columbia has consistently ranked in the top 10 of CNN Money’s Best Places to Live in the United States.
“The Downtown Columbia Plan” is a 2010 amendment to the county’s General Plan of expansion. It is a framework for the revitalization of Downtown Columbia over the next thirty years. Development plans for downtown projects in the years ahead will include details for that project such as neighborhood design guidelines, environmental restoration, public amenities and infrastructure. These development plans must adhere to the framework of the Downtown Columbia Plan as required by the zoning legislation. Over the life of the Downtown Columbia development project, as much as 13 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential, hotel and cultural development is planned. To be accomplished in three phases, the plan calls for the formation of the non-profit Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation to build an additional 5,500 units of low income housing placed downtown in exchange for increased zoning density for other projects. Additional development includes 4.3 million square feet of commercial office space, 1.25 million square feet of retail space, 640 hotel rooms, Merriweather Post Pavilion redevelopment and a multi-modal transportation system. The Downtown Columbia Plan also has sustainability features, including goals for saving water and energy, and for ecology and livability. Columbia’s master developer, the Howard Hughes Corporation, is heading up the expansion project. The project is projected to cost $90 million and will outline development in the community for the next 40 years.
In 2006, Money magazine ranked Columbia (together with Ellicott City, its neighbor to the north) #4 out of the 100 “Best Places to Live” in the United States (among small cities, defined as having populations between 50,000 and 300,000). In 2008, Columbia and Ellicott City were ranked #8 on this list. In 2010, Columbia and Ellicott City were ranked #2 on this list. In 2012 and 2014, Columbia and Ellicott City were ranked, respectively, #8 and #6 on this list. In 2016, Columbia ranked #1 in the country on this list. (Columbia and Ellicott City were ranked separately in 2016.