5 Reasons to Rent an Apartment in Columbia

Columbia street names

One planned community to rule them all: Green Dragon Court? Wood Elves Way? Clearly, someone on the Columbia planning commission was a Tolkien fan. (Google)

I’ve lived (and worked) here, and have friends living right down the street from where I did, so I know the area pretty well.

Columbia is a unique place with ridiculous road names, a planned community with roots planted in 1967, just a spell after Reston, Va., was formed. An unincorporated city, Columbia offers you all the suburban amenities you’d expect from a planned community, all while strategically placed in Howard County.

Here are five reasons to rent an apartment here.

1. Location – Yes, yes, what would I be without location? I’d be bereft of my usual first reason to rent anywhere. This one is a little different though, as Columbia isn’t within walking or Metrorail distance of the District. But, it’s located close to both area metropolises. According to Google maps, Baltimore is 19.8 miles to the northeast, and Washington, D.C., is 24.7 miles to the southwest. That means you can commute to either, though obviously, if you commute, especially to Washington, you better get used to the car. But if you’re a bi-city couple, it’s tough to best Columbia.

2. Shopping – Columbia offers the renter plenty of shopping opportunities. There’s the Mall in Columbia with anchor stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears, and the area around Dobbin Road, Snowden River Parkway and Route 175, dotted with plazas featuring, among others, Marshalls, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Target, Walmart and Best Buy (though this last one is in a shopping center that has an Elkridge, Md., address). Unless you’re looking for something a little harder to get, you can find most anything in Maryland’s second-largest city.

3. Restaurants What are you in the mood for? Indian, sushi, Italian, vegan? Something else? You want it, chances are, Columbia’s got it.

4. Parks and Green Spaces No, Yellowstone lovers won’t find much to holler about in Columbia, but there are green oases spread strategically throughout the city. Better yet, check out Google maps. The place is as leafy as they come with sidewalks ready for you to walk, jog or push the baby stroller on to your heart’s content. Be sure to visit Robinson Nature Center at some point when you do.

5. CNNMoney.com Wouldn’t Lie … Would It? – No way, at least not about ranking this planned community number eight (tied with neighbor Ellicott City, Md.) on its 2012 list of best small cities to live in.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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