Howard County Neighborhoods
Howard County is the perfect combination of historic and hip. Located in the center of Maryland, it’s convenient to explore both the rural and urban settings nearby. Whether you’re attending a special event, going on a shopping spree or indulging in the best cuisine, you’re sure to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the area.
Check out Historic Ellicott City, where the Ellicott brothers discovered the famous milltown in 1772. Today, Old Ellicott City's Main Street is host to many shops and restaurants. The shops carry antiques, home furnishings, pottery, books, clothing and much more. Beyond Ellicott City's historic heart, Route 40 bustles with many shopping centers and restaurants, including Maryland's Korean Way.
The community of Savage revolved around a textile mill for decades. Now, the Historic Savage Mill has become the home to many artisans, antiques, restaurants, and much more. Just five miles south of Historic Savage Mill is Elkridge, Maryland. Elkridge was a bustling port on the Patapsco River. Today the river is buffered by a state park with miles of hiking and horseback trails.
Columbia, Howard County's largest city, was developed by Jim Rouse in 1967 as “a garden for growing people” who were “creative, tolerant, and caring.” with modern amenities like The Mall in Columbia, and Merriweather Post Pavilion, while retaining a small town feel and sense of community. On the up and up is Maple Lawn, where you can find a unique mix of boutiques, offices, homes, and restaurants.
The rolling hills of Western Howard County offers scenic vistas of Howard County's countryside. Many farms are located in Western Howard County, as well as the Howard County Fairgrounds, which holds it annual fair at the end of summer.