Howard Magazine - Page 16 - Communities and Housing (3)

Howard Magazine
- Page 16
Communities and Housing (3)

fice complexes, restaurants, a grocery store and shopping.

 

Ranked by Money Magazine as one of the top places to live in the D.C. area, the 570-acre Emerson community in North Laurel, named after 19th-century essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, boasts a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts that serve 1,200 residences.

 

Nearby, the 137-acre, gated community of Stone Lake – with 98 acres of open space – features a 25-acre lake, a boathouse, spectacular views and a sandy beach.

 

Savage

 

Once a community focused on a textile mill, the Savage we see today and the renovated Savage Mill shopping center are a dream for antiques collectors and art lovers. Intersecting with the southernmost portion of the Patuxent Branch Trail running along the Patuxent River, it is home to one of the oldest standing iron railroad bridges in the country. Savage is a tight-knit community with churches, a park, a community hall and the annual Savage Fest, held since the 1920s.

 

Western Howard County

 

The towns of Glenelg, Glenwood, Cooksville, Lisbon and West Friendship were once farming areas where communities were centered around churches and schools.

 

Today, much of the rolling farmland has been replaced by new homes on spacious lots, though rural areas remain. The western end of the county offers some of the highest-priced housing in the area. Local amenities include a library, a senior center and a regional park with a 50,000-square-foot, multi-use community center.

 

Home values

 

Whether you are seeking an efficiency apartment or a luxurious single-family home, there are a variety of options for homeowners and renters. Howard County remains a highly desirable area with a strong real estate market, according to Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, which tracks home sales throughout the region. The company reported the median price of a home sold in Howard County as about $424,950 in September 2018.

 

Although costs in this part of the country are higher than average, some assistance is available for those in need. Federally subsidized housing is available through Heritage Housing Partners, which has emphasized the need to include affordable housing in Columbia redevelopment plans and the county.