Howard Magazine - Page 14 - Communities and Housing (2)

Howard Magazine
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Communities and Housing (2)

now Howard County, Elkridge is a growing community laced with antiquity. Historic Main Street, lined with rowhouses and small businesses, exists alongside the Baltimore- Washington corridor’s commuter routes, such as U.S. 1, the nation’s first highway, and Route 100, which links the area to Glen Burnie and points beyond.

 

Elkridge is a fast-growing area, offering an abundance of affordable and upscale housing styles, from new-construction townhouses to established single-family homes.

 

Ellicott City

 

Today’s seat of county government was founded in 1772 by the Ellicotts, three Quaker brothers from Pennsylvania, as a milling center. Today, it retains the same small-town charm despite intense growth and two major floods in recent years. Historic Main Street offers boutique and antique shopping, dining and drinking options in a picturesque setting along the Patapsco River. The oldest surviving railroad station in America now houses the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum on Main Street. Although floods in 2016 and 2018 heavily damaged the historic district, many businesses have reopened, and revitalization efforts are underway.

 

Beyond Ellicott City’s historic heart, residential neighborhoods with a variety of housing flow from the Patapsco River to the center of the county. Baltimore National Pike is a bustling business district, while open space is filled with golf courses and parkland. In upscale neighborhoods such as Farside, The Chase and The Preserve, home prices often surpass the $1 million mark.

 

The city, sometimes grouped into one residential region along with neighboring Columbia, is frequently cited as one of the best places to live. Money Magazine, which ranks towns based on criteria including jobs, economy, schools and homes, has listed Columbia and Ellicott City in its top 10 list several times in recent years.

 

Fulton and North Laurel

 

Centers of major development, Fulton and North Laurel are home to police and fire stations, shops, schools and churches. North Laurel, separated from the city of Laurel in Prince George’s County by the Patuxent River, is close to shops, antique stores and restaurants, as well as golf courses and the Rocky Gorge Reservoir.

 

The Maple Lawn community in Fulton —a 600-acre mixed-use development with more than 1,300 townhomes, single-family houses and condominiums— boasts a community center, pool, tennis courts, picnic pavilion and 187 acres of parks and open space. The newest addition to its commercial district, a 100-plus room hotel with meeting space, puts visitors within walking distance of of-