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181 Apartments for rent in Columbia, MD

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8 Units Available
Autumn Crest Apartments
5664 Stevens Forest Rd, Columbia, MD
Oakland Mills
1 Bedroom
$1,385
847 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,450
1041 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,815
1250 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:12 PM
Apartment community near to Talbot Spring Elementary School and Highway 29. Recently renovated one- to three-bedroom units feature air conditioning, ceiling fan, garbage disposal and in-residence laundry. Pet-friendly, with playground. Wheelchair accessible.
Verified
6 Units Available
The Brook at Columbia
5361 Brook Way, Columbia, MD
Wilde Lake
1 Bedroom
$1,470
725 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,626
943 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:38 PM
Homes with high ceilings, walk-in closets, wood cabinetry and modern cooking appliances in the kitchen. A gated community with landscaped gardens, a children's play area and outdoor grilling stations, located close to I-95.
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17 Units Available
Columbia Town Center
10360 Swift Stream Pl, Columbia, MD
Downtown Columbia
1 Bedroom
$1,575
833 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,805
1115 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,245
1403 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
The Symphony Woods park and The Mall in Columbia are both just minutes from this property. The green community offers a clubhouse and 24-hour gym for residents to enjoy. Units feature stainless steel appliances.
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2 Units Available
Clarys Crossing
11311 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,598
817 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Close to The Mall in Columbia. Open-concept floor plans featuring private patios. Wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets and black appliances in every apartment. On-site Wi-Fi lounge, coffee bar, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool.
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7 Units Available
Columbia Glade
5029 Columbia Road, Columbia, MD
Fairway Hills
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,731
1106 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Trends will come and go, but value and location are evergreen. If you're looking for affordable apartments in Columbia, then look no further. Value means spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments with comfortable kitchens and bright rooms.
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3 Units Available
The Greens at Columbia
12215 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,604
895 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,640
1090 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Close to all major routes, including 1-70 and I-95, these apartments are located in Columbia, Maryland -- voted the eighth-best place to live in MONEY magazine. Beautiful amenities, including ceramic-tile bath, lofts and skylights.
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9 Units Available
Tamar Meadow Apartments
8600 Cobblefield Dr, Columbia, MD
Long Reach
1 Bedroom
$1,489
858 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,794
1024 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,213
1322 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Sophisticated colonial style in a complex next to Long Reach High School and Long Reach Park. Recently renovated units have washers and dryers, as well as fireplaces and extra storage. Pool and 24-hour gym.
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11 Units Available
The Madison at Eden Brook
7310 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,420
759 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,660
1017 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Convenient to Columbia between Washington and Baltimore, this apartment home community boasts a 24-hour gym, a pool and fitness trails. Interior features include intrusion alarms, wood-burning fireplaces and in-home laundry.
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5 Units Available
Hamilton at Kings Place
7525 Murray Hill Rd, Columbia, MD
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,400
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
1017 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:46 PM
Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, DC, this apartment community features a dog park, fitness trails and a grilling area. The garden-style homes boast upgraded kitchens, intrusion alarms and closets with built-in organizers.
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40 Units Available
TENm.flats
10101 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia, MD
Wilde Lake
Studio
$1,637
582 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,663
774 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,098
1130 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:45 PM
Modern apartments located right in the heart of Downtown Columbia close to shops and dining. Choose from a variety of floor plans and enjoy the large swimming pool and business cyber center.
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6 Units Available
Bell Columbia
12020 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,834
1129 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:45 PM
Just seven miles west of I-95. Newly renovated luxury units have energy efficient appliance packages, storage space, walk-in closets, and fireplace. Property offers a clubhouse, courtyard, 24-hour gym, and pool. Pet friendly.
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36 Units Available
The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia
10000 Town Center Avenue, Columbia, MD
Downtown Columbia
1 Bedroom
$1,731
823 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,930
1138 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,030
1400 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:45 PM
The Metropolitan Downtown Columbia is Silver LEED Certified and its interiors are as modern as you expect in an urban home. Wood-style flooring with updated kitchens.
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2 Units Available
Club Merion
12290 Green Meadow Dr, Columbia, MD
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,754
1067 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:45 PM
Comfortable units with large walk-in closets, breakfast bars, wall-to-wall carpeting, in-home washers/dryers and private patios/terraces. Close to Wilde Lake High School and Swansfield Elementary. Furnished apartments available.
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8 Units Available
Cedar Place
5458 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD
Harpers Choice
1 Bedroom
$1,360
815 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,495
1056 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:43 PM
Recently renovated apartments with extra storage and private laundry. Community has a dog park and sparkling pool. Just minutes from Harper's Choice and the local skate park.
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17 Units Available
Alister Columbia
8909 Early April Way, Columbia, MD
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,574
792 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,684
939 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,280
1100 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:37 PM
Luxury features abound: recently renovated with quartz counters, unique wood flooring, elegant lighting and cozy fireplaces. Minutes from I-95 and exclusive resident access to 24-hour gym, refreshing pool, clubhouse and car wash.
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9 Units Available
Vista Wilde Lake
5421 Lynx Ln, Columbia, MD
Wilde Lake
1 Bedroom
$1,665
778 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,175
1162 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,850
1439 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:22 PM
1-3 bedroom luxury apartments with open kitchens, granite counters, walk-in closets, in-unit laundry and private patio/balcony. Pet-friendly community with pool, bbq/grill area, car charging and fitness center. Wilde Lake near US-29 and Howard Community College.
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15 Units Available
Alister Town Center
5331 Columbia Rd, Columbia, MD
Fairway Hills
1 Bedroom
$1,512
801 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,554
995 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,801
1107 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:16 PM
The Mall in Columbia and Town Center Village are easily accessible from this property. Residents can play a round at Fairway Hills Golf Course. Units have fireplaces and walk-in closets. Onsite clubhouse and gym provided.
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185 Units Available
Juniper
6000 Merriweather Drive, Columbia, MD
Downtown Columbia
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,665
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,477
1187 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:13 PM
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2 Units Available
The Timbers at Long Reach Apartments
8782 Cloudleap Ct, Columbia, MD
Long Reach
1 Bedroom
$1,490
851 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,511
1036 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:13 PM
Close to Rouse Parkway. Patio or balcony overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Units include all appliances, granite countertops and laundry facilities. Community amenities include a playground, volleyball court, BBQ area and dog park.
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14 Units Available
Poplar Glen
11608 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD
Hickory Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,466
931 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,667
1160 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:13 PM
Just a short distance away from the Mall of Columbia, shopping, and dining. Newly renovated units feature hardwood floors, fireplace, and patio/balcony. Resident have access to pool, clubhouse, 24-hour gym, media room. Pet friendly.
Verified
6 Units Available
Beech's Farm
7260 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD
Kings Contrivance
1 Bedroom
$1,535
856 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,965
1079 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:13 PM
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9 Units Available
The Elms at Kendall Ridge
8399 Tamar Dr, Columbia, MD
Long Reach
1 Bedroom
$1,930
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,093
1020 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,908
1250 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 06:12 PM
This stunning community sits in a tree-lined street area near shopping and dining. On-site amenities include a resort-style pool and lighted tennis court. Updated interiors feature lots of functional space and a patio or balcony.
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1 Unit Available
The Verona at Oakland Mills
9650 Whiteacre Rd, Columbia, MD
Oakland Mills
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,435
886 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 06:03 PM
Apartment amenities include air conditioning, hardwood floors, laundry and walk-in closets. Community offers bike storage, playground, parking and courtyard. Close to schools, parks and highways.
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2 Units Available
Lakehouse
10201 Wincopin Cir, Columbia, MD
Downtown Columbia
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,030
770 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,845
1097 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 05:42 PM
These pet-friendly apartments include on-site laundry, granite counters and carpet flooring, along with several other features and amenities. The housing complex is also located near U.S. Route 29.

Median Rent in Columbia

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Columbia is $1,570, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,969.
Studio
$1,292
1 Bed
$1,570
2 Beds
$1,969
3+ Beds
$2,532
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In Columbia, the median rent is $1,292 for a studio, $1,570 for a 1-bedroom, $1,969 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,532 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Columbia, check out our monthly Columbia Rent Report.
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City GuideColumbia
"One may wonder why a city only 40 years old needs a history, but Columbia, Maryland, is no ordinary place." (-- Joseph Rocco Mitchell and David L. Stebenne, "New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia")
"One may wonder why a city only 40 years old needs a history, but Columbia, Maryland, is no ordinary place." (-- Joseph Rocco Mitchell and David L. Stebenne, "New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia")

The planned community of Columbia, Maryland began with a vision. Today, Columbia is Maryland's second most popular community with 10 distinct villages comprising a population of nearly 100,000. Columbia has for the most part lived up to the promising vision of its celebrated founder, James Rouse: the city consistently holds a place on Money Magazines list of "Top Ten Places to Live," most recently appearing in 2012 in the 8th slot. So come on over!

Having trouble with Craigslist Columbia? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Moving to Columbia

Enjoy the ease, convenience and affordability of life in this unique planned community. It has a small-town feel and immense livability, thanks to mindfully-designed villages with numerous amenities. People looking for apartments for rent, condos, or spacious single family homes will find no shortage of offerings in Columbia. The town's low vacancy rate of 4% demonstrates its status as a desirable place to live.

House hunting or apartment shopping in massive Columbia can be overwhelming. Between Columbia's 10 villages and neighborhoods within them, you will want to familiarize with the area and its offerings before pounding the pavement. Without the proper planning your head may be spinning as you drive around in circles.

Aside from your GPS to navigate Columbia's many similarly-named streets and identical neighborhoods, you'll want to be prepared with all of the usual materials: credit info, references, proof of employment, etc.

Moving to Columbia
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Enjoy the ease, convenience and affordability of life in this unique planned community. It has a small-town feel and immense livability, thanks to mindfully-designed villages with numerous amenities. People looking for apartments for rent, condos, or spacious single family homes will find no shortage of offerings in Columbia. The town's low vacancy rate of 4% demonstrates its status as a desirable place to live.

House hunting or apartment shopping in massive Columbia can be overwhelming. Between Columbia's 10 villages and neighborhoods within them, you will want to familiarize with the area and its offerings before pounding the pavement. Without the proper planning your head may be spinning as you drive around in circles.

Aside from your GPS to navigate Columbia's many similarly-named streets and identical neighborhoods, you'll want to be prepared with all of the usual materials: credit info, references, proof of employment, etc.

Neighborhoods in Columbia

Each of Columbias 10 villages is designed to provide its residents with a small town experience, thanks to community centers, recreational facilities, and plenty of other unique amenities. Most villages have everything from apartments to single family houses although some have more of one or the other. Columbia's 10 villages are as follows:

Wilde Lake: One of Columbia's more affordable villages, Wilde Lake comprises the neighborhoods of Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge, The Birches and Running Brook. With its own grocery store, and the famed Columbia Swim Center with its "Splashdown" slide, this is an appealing place.

Harpers Choice: Comprising the neighborhoods of Longfellow, Swansfield, and Hobbit's Glen, Harpers Choice is located in Columbia's northwest, adjacent to Wilde Lake. It is home to one of Columbia's athletic clubs, as well as a golf course, mini golf, tennis courts and a skate park. Neighborhoods are connected by a walking trail.

Oakland Hills: Located just east of Columbia Town Center, Oakland Mills comprises the neighborhoods of Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hills, and is home to the Columbia Ice Rink.

Long Reach: The largest village in Columbia and one of its oldest. Long Reach includes the neighborhoods of Kendall Ridge, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck and Locust Park.

Owen Brown: Just southeast of the Town Center, Owen Brown includes Hopewell, Elkhorn and Dasher Green, Elkhorn and Hopewell. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy access to Lake Elkhorns 37 acres.

Hickory Ridge: Home to a variety of grocery stores, gas stations, banks and restaurants.

Dorsey's Search: Comprising just two neighborhoods, Dorsey Hall and Fairway Hills, Dorsey's Search is Columbia's furthest north village, and has a golf course and pool.

Kings Contrivance: Columbia's southernmost village and one of its largest, Kings Cross has great access to major highways. Neighborhoods include Huntington, Macgills Common and Dickinson.

River Hill: This well-manicured neighborhood comprises Pheasant Ridge and Pointers Run.

Town Center: Including the neighborhoods of Amesbury, Banneker, Vantage Point, Warfield Triangle and Creightons Run, Town Center is the most urban of Columbia's villages, offering multi-level apartments for rent as well as retail offices. Town Center features an attractive lakefront, as well as the shoppers delight: the Mall of Columbia.

Neighborhoods in Columbia
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Each of Columbias 10 villages is designed to provide its residents with a small town experience, thanks to community centers, recreational facilities, and plenty of other unique amenities. Most villages have everything from apartments to single family houses although some have more of one or the other. Columbia's 10 villages are as follows:

Wilde Lake: One of Columbia's more affordable villages, Wilde Lake comprises the neighborhoods of Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge, The Birches and Running Brook. With its own grocery store, and the famed Columbia Swim Center with its "Splashdown" slide, this is an appealing place.

Harpers Choice: Comprising the neighborhoods of Longfellow, Swansfield, and Hobbit's Glen, Harpers Choice is located in Columbia's northwest, adjacent to Wilde Lake. It is home to one of Columbia's athletic clubs, as well as a golf course, mini golf, tennis courts and a skate park. Neighborhoods are connected by a walking trail.

Oakland Hills: Located just east of Columbia Town Center, Oakland Mills comprises the neighborhoods of Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hills, and is home to the Columbia Ice Rink.

Long Reach: The largest village in Columbia and one of its oldest. Long Reach includes the neighborhoods of Kendall Ridge, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck and Locust Park.

Owen Brown: Just southeast of the Town Center, Owen Brown includes Hopewell, Elkhorn and Dasher Green, Elkhorn and Hopewell. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy access to Lake Elkhorns 37 acres.

Hickory Ridge: Home to a variety of grocery stores, gas stations, banks and restaurants.

Dorsey's Search: Comprising just two neighborhoods, Dorsey Hall and Fairway Hills, Dorsey's Search is Columbia's furthest north village, and has a golf course and pool.

Kings Contrivance: Columbia's southernmost village and one of its largest, Kings Cross has great access to major highways. Neighborhoods include Huntington, Macgills Common and Dickinson.

River Hill: This well-manicured neighborhood comprises Pheasant Ridge and Pointers Run.

Town Center: Including the neighborhoods of Amesbury, Banneker, Vantage Point, Warfield Triangle and Creightons Run, Town Center is the most urban of Columbia's villages, offering multi-level apartments for rent as well as retail offices. Town Center features an attractive lakefront, as well as the shoppers delight: the Mall of Columbia.

Living in Columbia

Columbia's streets are named for famous works of art and literature, ranging from the works of Robert Frost to J.R.R. Tolkien. Its particularly fitting then that Howard County, of which Columbia is a part, has one of the country's top-ranked public library systems. Owen Brown and Town Center are home to Columbia's two public libraries--bookworms rejoice!

A central concept of Columbia's design is a commitment to recreation. Managed and maintained by the Columbia Association, there are a whopping 23 outdoor swimming pools and size indoor swimming pools in Columbia. Throw in water slides, batting cages, skating rinks, an equestrian center, skateboard park and numerous other offerings, and theres never a shortage of activities.

Those with aspiring green thumbs will enjoy taking advantage of Columbia's garden plot rentals, a program which has been around for 40-some years. Spread throughout Columbia, three sites offer residents use of 350 garden plots for a small fee.

Columbia has a low-key local bar scene, which plays host to popular local bands. Music lovers also enjoy convenient access to outdoor concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If you're going to live in Columbia, you will most certainly need a car. While the town is served by both Howard Transit locally and Maryland Transit Administration routes to Baltimore and Washington, it is still not feasible to rely entirely on buses unless you like walking and waiting. Bus service does give commuters a boost to the Washington Metro; there are no train stations in Columbia. Highways lead to Baltimore (a 20 minute drive), Washington (a 40 minute drive) and Annapolis (also 40 minutes), as well as historic towns like Frederick and Savage. When its time to escape the region, residents have their choice of BWI, National or Washington Dulles to take to the friendly skies.

Living in Columbia
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Columbia's streets are named for famous works of art and literature, ranging from the works of Robert Frost to J.R.R. Tolkien. Its particularly fitting then that Howard County, of which Columbia is a part, has one of the country's top-ranked public library systems. Owen Brown and Town Center are home to Columbia's two public libraries--bookworms rejoice!

A central concept of Columbia's design is a commitment to recreation. Managed and maintained by the Columbia Association, there are a whopping 23 outdoor swimming pools and size indoor swimming pools in Columbia. Throw in water slides, batting cages, skating rinks, an equestrian center, skateboard park and numerous other offerings, and theres never a shortage of activities.

Those with aspiring green thumbs will enjoy taking advantage of Columbia's garden plot rentals, a program which has been around for 40-some years. Spread throughout Columbia, three sites offer residents use of 350 garden plots for a small fee.

Columbia has a low-key local bar scene, which plays host to popular local bands. Music lovers also enjoy convenient access to outdoor concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If you're going to live in Columbia, you will most certainly need a car. While the town is served by both Howard Transit locally and Maryland Transit Administration routes to Baltimore and Washington, it is still not feasible to rely entirely on buses unless you like walking and waiting. Bus service does give commuters a boost to the Washington Metro; there are no train stations in Columbia. Highways lead to Baltimore (a 20 minute drive), Washington (a 40 minute drive) and Annapolis (also 40 minutes), as well as historic towns like Frederick and Savage. When its time to escape the region, residents have their choice of BWI, National or Washington Dulles to take to the friendly skies.

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City GuideColumbia
"One may wonder why a city only 40 years old needs a history, but Columbia, Maryland, is no ordinary place." (-- Joseph Rocco Mitchell and David L. Stebenne, "New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia")
"One may wonder why a city only 40 years old needs a history, but Columbia, Maryland, is no ordinary place." (-- Joseph Rocco Mitchell and David L. Stebenne, "New City Upon a Hill: A History of Columbia")

The planned community of Columbia, Maryland began with a vision. Today, Columbia is Maryland's second most popular community with 10 distinct villages comprising a population of nearly 100,000. Columbia has for the most part lived up to the promising vision of its celebrated founder, James Rouse: the city consistently holds a place on Money Magazines list of "Top Ten Places to Live," most recently appearing in 2012 in the 8th slot. So come on over!

Having trouble with Craigslist Columbia? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Moving to Columbia

Enjoy the ease, convenience and affordability of life in this unique planned community. It has a small-town feel and immense livability, thanks to mindfully-designed villages with numerous amenities. People looking for apartments for rent, condos, or spacious single family homes will find no shortage of offerings in Columbia. The town's low vacancy rate of 4% demonstrates its status as a desirable place to live.

House hunting or apartment shopping in massive Columbia can be overwhelming. Between Columbia's 10 villages and neighborhoods within them, you will want to familiarize with the area and its offerings before pounding the pavement. Without the proper planning your head may be spinning as you drive around in circles.

Aside from your GPS to navigate Columbia's many similarly-named streets and identical neighborhoods, you'll want to be prepared with all of the usual materials: credit info, references, proof of employment, etc.

Moving to Columbia
+

Enjoy the ease, convenience and affordability of life in this unique planned community. It has a small-town feel and immense livability, thanks to mindfully-designed villages with numerous amenities. People looking for apartments for rent, condos, or spacious single family homes will find no shortage of offerings in Columbia. The town's low vacancy rate of 4% demonstrates its status as a desirable place to live.

House hunting or apartment shopping in massive Columbia can be overwhelming. Between Columbia's 10 villages and neighborhoods within them, you will want to familiarize with the area and its offerings before pounding the pavement. Without the proper planning your head may be spinning as you drive around in circles.

Aside from your GPS to navigate Columbia's many similarly-named streets and identical neighborhoods, you'll want to be prepared with all of the usual materials: credit info, references, proof of employment, etc.

Neighborhoods in Columbia

Each of Columbias 10 villages is designed to provide its residents with a small town experience, thanks to community centers, recreational facilities, and plenty of other unique amenities. Most villages have everything from apartments to single family houses although some have more of one or the other. Columbia's 10 villages are as follows:

Wilde Lake: One of Columbia's more affordable villages, Wilde Lake comprises the neighborhoods of Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge, The Birches and Running Brook. With its own grocery store, and the famed Columbia Swim Center with its "Splashdown" slide, this is an appealing place.

Harpers Choice: Comprising the neighborhoods of Longfellow, Swansfield, and Hobbit's Glen, Harpers Choice is located in Columbia's northwest, adjacent to Wilde Lake. It is home to one of Columbia's athletic clubs, as well as a golf course, mini golf, tennis courts and a skate park. Neighborhoods are connected by a walking trail.

Oakland Hills: Located just east of Columbia Town Center, Oakland Mills comprises the neighborhoods of Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hills, and is home to the Columbia Ice Rink.

Long Reach: The largest village in Columbia and one of its oldest. Long Reach includes the neighborhoods of Kendall Ridge, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck and Locust Park.

Owen Brown: Just southeast of the Town Center, Owen Brown includes Hopewell, Elkhorn and Dasher Green, Elkhorn and Hopewell. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy access to Lake Elkhorns 37 acres.

Hickory Ridge: Home to a variety of grocery stores, gas stations, banks and restaurants.

Dorsey's Search: Comprising just two neighborhoods, Dorsey Hall and Fairway Hills, Dorsey's Search is Columbia's furthest north village, and has a golf course and pool.

Kings Contrivance: Columbia's southernmost village and one of its largest, Kings Cross has great access to major highways. Neighborhoods include Huntington, Macgills Common and Dickinson.

River Hill: This well-manicured neighborhood comprises Pheasant Ridge and Pointers Run.

Town Center: Including the neighborhoods of Amesbury, Banneker, Vantage Point, Warfield Triangle and Creightons Run, Town Center is the most urban of Columbia's villages, offering multi-level apartments for rent as well as retail offices. Town Center features an attractive lakefront, as well as the shoppers delight: the Mall of Columbia.

Neighborhoods in Columbia
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Each of Columbias 10 villages is designed to provide its residents with a small town experience, thanks to community centers, recreational facilities, and plenty of other unique amenities. Most villages have everything from apartments to single family houses although some have more of one or the other. Columbia's 10 villages are as follows:

Wilde Lake: One of Columbia's more affordable villages, Wilde Lake comprises the neighborhoods of Bryant Woods, Faulkner Ridge, The Birches and Running Brook. With its own grocery store, and the famed Columbia Swim Center with its "Splashdown" slide, this is an appealing place.

Harpers Choice: Comprising the neighborhoods of Longfellow, Swansfield, and Hobbit's Glen, Harpers Choice is located in Columbia's northwest, adjacent to Wilde Lake. It is home to one of Columbia's athletic clubs, as well as a golf course, mini golf, tennis courts and a skate park. Neighborhoods are connected by a walking trail.

Oakland Hills: Located just east of Columbia Town Center, Oakland Mills comprises the neighborhoods of Stevens Forest, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hills, and is home to the Columbia Ice Rink.

Long Reach: The largest village in Columbia and one of its oldest. Long Reach includes the neighborhoods of Kendall Ridge, Jeffers Hill, Phelps Luck and Locust Park.

Owen Brown: Just southeast of the Town Center, Owen Brown includes Hopewell, Elkhorn and Dasher Green, Elkhorn and Hopewell. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy access to Lake Elkhorns 37 acres.

Hickory Ridge: Home to a variety of grocery stores, gas stations, banks and restaurants.

Dorsey's Search: Comprising just two neighborhoods, Dorsey Hall and Fairway Hills, Dorsey's Search is Columbia's furthest north village, and has a golf course and pool.

Kings Contrivance: Columbia's southernmost village and one of its largest, Kings Cross has great access to major highways. Neighborhoods include Huntington, Macgills Common and Dickinson.

River Hill: This well-manicured neighborhood comprises Pheasant Ridge and Pointers Run.

Town Center: Including the neighborhoods of Amesbury, Banneker, Vantage Point, Warfield Triangle and Creightons Run, Town Center is the most urban of Columbia's villages, offering multi-level apartments for rent as well as retail offices. Town Center features an attractive lakefront, as well as the shoppers delight: the Mall of Columbia.

Living in Columbia

Columbia's streets are named for famous works of art and literature, ranging from the works of Robert Frost to J.R.R. Tolkien. Its particularly fitting then that Howard County, of which Columbia is a part, has one of the country's top-ranked public library systems. Owen Brown and Town Center are home to Columbia's two public libraries--bookworms rejoice!

A central concept of Columbia's design is a commitment to recreation. Managed and maintained by the Columbia Association, there are a whopping 23 outdoor swimming pools and size indoor swimming pools in Columbia. Throw in water slides, batting cages, skating rinks, an equestrian center, skateboard park and numerous other offerings, and theres never a shortage of activities.

Those with aspiring green thumbs will enjoy taking advantage of Columbia's garden plot rentals, a program which has been around for 40-some years. Spread throughout Columbia, three sites offer residents use of 350 garden plots for a small fee.

Columbia has a low-key local bar scene, which plays host to popular local bands. Music lovers also enjoy convenient access to outdoor concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If you're going to live in Columbia, you will most certainly need a car. While the town is served by both Howard Transit locally and Maryland Transit Administration routes to Baltimore and Washington, it is still not feasible to rely entirely on buses unless you like walking and waiting. Bus service does give commuters a boost to the Washington Metro; there are no train stations in Columbia. Highways lead to Baltimore (a 20 minute drive), Washington (a 40 minute drive) and Annapolis (also 40 minutes), as well as historic towns like Frederick and Savage. When its time to escape the region, residents have their choice of BWI, National or Washington Dulles to take to the friendly skies.

Living in Columbia
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Columbia's streets are named for famous works of art and literature, ranging from the works of Robert Frost to J.R.R. Tolkien. Its particularly fitting then that Howard County, of which Columbia is a part, has one of the country's top-ranked public library systems. Owen Brown and Town Center are home to Columbia's two public libraries--bookworms rejoice!

A central concept of Columbia's design is a commitment to recreation. Managed and maintained by the Columbia Association, there are a whopping 23 outdoor swimming pools and size indoor swimming pools in Columbia. Throw in water slides, batting cages, skating rinks, an equestrian center, skateboard park and numerous other offerings, and theres never a shortage of activities.

Those with aspiring green thumbs will enjoy taking advantage of Columbia's garden plot rentals, a program which has been around for 40-some years. Spread throughout Columbia, three sites offer residents use of 350 garden plots for a small fee.

Columbia has a low-key local bar scene, which plays host to popular local bands. Music lovers also enjoy convenient access to outdoor concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If you're going to live in Columbia, you will most certainly need a car. While the town is served by both Howard Transit locally and Maryland Transit Administration routes to Baltimore and Washington, it is still not feasible to rely entirely on buses unless you like walking and waiting. Bus service does give commuters a boost to the Washington Metro; there are no train stations in Columbia. Highways lead to Baltimore (a 20 minute drive), Washington (a 40 minute drive) and Annapolis (also 40 minutes), as well as historic towns like Frederick and Savage. When its time to escape the region, residents have their choice of BWI, National or Washington Dulles to take to the friendly skies.

Rent Report
Columbia

September 2020 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Columbia Rent Report. Columbia rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbia rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Columbia rents increased significantly over the past month

Columbia rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, but are down moderately by 0.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbia stand at $1,570 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,970 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.4%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rent trends vary across the Baltimore Metro

    While rent prices have decreased in Columbia over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing varying rent trends. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Baltimore metro, half have seen increases, while the other half have been decreasing. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, Ellicott City has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 3.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,781, while one-bedrooms go for $1,420.
    • Catonsville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,498, while one-bedrooms go for $1,195.
    • Columbia has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,970; rents increased 0.5% over the past month but fell 0.6% over the past year.
    • Essex has the least expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,112; rents were up 0.3% over the past month but fell 0.9% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Columbia

    As rents have fallen moderately in Columbia, large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Columbia is less affordable for renters.

    • Columbia's median two-bedroom rent of $1,970 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Columbia fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Columbus (+1.0%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $902, where Columbia is more than twice that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Baltimore
    $950
    $1,190
    -0.2%
    0.4%
    Columbia
    $1,570
    $1,970
    0.5%
    -0.6%
    Glen Burnie
    $1,240
    $1,550
    0.4%
    2%
    Ellicott City
    $1,420
    $1,780
    0.6%
    -3.1%
    Dundalk
    $940
    $1,180
    0.7%
    1.3%
    Towson
    $1,200
    $1,500
    0.1%
    0.3%
    Severn
    $1,320
    $1,650
    -0.2%
    -2.6%
    Catonsville
    $1,190
    $1,500
    1%
    2.9%
    Essex
    $890
    $1,110
    0.3%
    -0.9%
    Annapolis
    $1,520
    $1,900
    0.2%
    -1.4%
    Odenton
    $1,830
    $2,290
    0.6%
    -4.5%
    Parkville
    $1,120
    $1,400
    0.4%
    0.5%
    Owings Mills
    $1,250
    $1,570
    0.9%
    -0.9%
    Perry Hall
    $1,350
    $1,690
    0.1%
    3.2%
    Reisterstown
    $1,190
    $1,490
    0.7%
    4.2%
    Middle River
    $1,110
    $1,390
    1.6%
    5.6%
    Cockeysville
    $1,150
    $1,440
    0
    -0.5%
    Elkridge
    $1,550
    $1,950
    -0.4%
    -1.7%
    Aberdeen
    $950
    $1,190
    -0.1%
    -0.7%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    September 2020 Columbia Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Columbia Rent Report. Columbia rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbia rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Columbia Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Columbia Rent Report. Columbia rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Columbia rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Columbia rents increased significantly over the past month

    Columbia rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, but are down moderately by 0.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbia stand at $1,570 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,970 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.4%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rent trends vary across the Baltimore Metro

      While rent prices have decreased in Columbia over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing varying rent trends. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Baltimore metro, half have seen increases, while the other half have been decreasing. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Over the past year, Ellicott City has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 3.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,781, while one-bedrooms go for $1,420.
      • Catonsville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,498, while one-bedrooms go for $1,195.
      • Columbia has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,970; rents increased 0.5% over the past month but fell 0.6% over the past year.
      • Essex has the least expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,112; rents were up 0.3% over the past month but fell 0.9% over the past year.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Columbia

      As rents have fallen moderately in Columbia, large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Columbia is less affordable for renters.

      • Columbia's median two-bedroom rent of $1,970 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Columbia fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Columbus (+1.0%) and Detroit (+0.8%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $902, where Columbia is more than twice that price.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Baltimore
      $950
      $1,190
      -0.2%
      0.4%
      Columbia
      $1,570
      $1,970
      0.5%
      -0.6%
      Glen Burnie
      $1,240
      $1,550
      0.4%
      2%
      Ellicott City
      $1,420
      $1,780
      0.6%
      -3.1%
      Dundalk
      $940
      $1,180
      0.7%
      1.3%
      Towson
      $1,200
      $1,500
      0.1%
      0.3%
      Severn
      $1,320
      $1,650
      -0.2%
      -2.6%
      Catonsville
      $1,190
      $1,500
      1%
      2.9%
      Essex
      $890
      $1,110
      0.3%
      -0.9%
      Annapolis
      $1,520
      $1,900
      0.2%
      -1.4%
      Odenton
      $1,830
      $2,290
      0.6%
      -4.5%
      Parkville
      $1,120
      $1,400
      0.4%
      0.5%
      Owings Mills
      $1,250
      $1,570
      0.9%
      -0.9%
      Perry Hall
      $1,350
      $1,690
      0.1%
      3.2%
      Reisterstown
      $1,190
      $1,490
      0.7%
      4.2%
      Middle River
      $1,110
      $1,390
      1.6%
      5.6%
      Cockeysville
      $1,150
      $1,440
      0
      -0.5%
      Elkridge
      $1,550
      $1,950
      -0.4%
      -1.7%
      Aberdeen
      $950
      $1,190
      -0.1%
      -0.7%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.