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125 Apartments for rent in Columbia, MD

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1 Unit Available
8605 Saddleback Place, North Laurel, MD
5 Bedrooms
3643 sqft
Gorgeous Colonial in the desirable gated community of Stone Lake offering over 4000 sqft of living space. Featuring an open floor plan, two story foyer, elegant hardwood floors, architectural columns & intricate moldings.
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Dorsey Search
1 Unit Available
4657 Columbia Road, Ellicott City, MD
3 Bedrooms
1940 sqft
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1 Unit Available
7615 Tall Pin Oak Drive, Elkridge, MD
3 Bedrooms
2072 sqft
New in Waters Edge!!! 2car garage townhouse with all the amenities is NOW Available! Features a huge eat-in kitchen/dining space that walks out to Trex deck; hardwoods throughout main level.
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1 Unit Available
6013 Hidden Meadow, Ilchester, MD
3 Bedrooms
2700 sqft
Just Built/Never lived in Gorgeous townhome in sought after Shipley's Grant Community. Gracious floorplan with outstanding amenities. Car charging outlet in garage. Community pool, clubhouse & tennis courts. Ideally situated near RT 100, 95, 32 & 29.
Last updated August 20 at 10:26pm
Dorsey Search
1 Unit Available
9614 Torino Road, Ellicott City, MD
3 Bedrooms
2000 sqft
Last updated September 16 at 02:45pm
1 Unit Available
5118 Avoca Avenue, Ellicott City, MD
3 Bedrooms
1288 sqft
The move in ready 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home has beautiful refinished hardwood floors, freshly painted, a gas insert in the fireplace, updated kitchen, & bathrooms, updated windows on main level, new railings, & updated plumbing. Add.
Last updated September 16 at 02:46pm
1 Unit Available
7034 Holly Springs Lane, Elkridge, MD
3 Bedrooms
Move in Ready and Pet Friendly! Well maintained 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhome with easy commutes to Baltimore or DC. Howard County Schools! Entertain in finished walk-out basement with gas fireplace. Master bedroom boasts huge walk in closet.

Average Rent in Columbia

Last updated Aug. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Columbia is $1,579, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,981.
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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")

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!

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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.

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.

September 2019 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2019 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.

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September 2019 Columbia Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2019 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 moderately over the past month

Columbia rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Columbia stand at $1,579 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,981 for a two-bedroom. This is the ninth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in November of last year. Columbia's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.2%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

    Rents rising across the Baltimore Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Columbia, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Baltimore metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Essex has the least expensive rents in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,122; additionally, the city has seen rent growth of 0.5% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
    • Over the past month, Annapolis has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,928, while one-bedrooms go for $1,537.
    • Columbia has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Baltimore metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,981; rents grew 0.3% over the past month and 3.0% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Columbia

    As rents have increased moderately in Columbia, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Columbia is less affordable for renters.

    • Columbia's median two-bedroom rent of $1,981 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 3.0% rise in Columbia.
    • While Columbia's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Austin (+3.2%), Nashville (+2.8%), and Boston (+2.2%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Columbia than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $895, 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.

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