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Great Neighborhoods: Baltimore

Ellicott City-Neighborhood

Ellicott City

Central Maryland's rich history meets modern life in this Howard County community, located nearly midway between Baltimore and Washington D.C. Prior to the American Revolution, three Quaker brothers moved from Pennsylvania to build the first of their two flour mills on the Patapsco River. They financed and built a network of farm roads, attracted clients and, eventually, residents. Today, what was once the largest flour milling center in the colonies has become an ideal location for commuters.

Nearby, the planned Rouse Company community of Columbia offers a modern balance to Ellicott City's historic preservation amid new development. Overall, more than 225,000 people reside in this ever growing, diverse county.

Neighborhood Details

Cost of Housing

Ellicott City offers a good mix of modern town homes averaging $175,000 and single-family homes averaging $288,000. Typical sizes are 1,200 to 1,500 square feet in three stories with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths.

Historic mill homes are generally smaller. Many were constructed in the 1800s of stone and brick and are located in preserved, wooded communities along the Paterson River. Selling for from $125,000 to $650,000 and up, they offer 900 to 1,200 square feet, two to three bedrooms and two baths.

Rentals range from $1,300 per month, for typical boxy buildings with 1,000-square-foot units with two or three bedrooms and 1.5 baths

School System

Howard County's public schools are ranked among state’s best. In Ellicott City, public school construction has kept pace with the community's expansion in recent years to safeguard against overcrowded classrooms.

Howard Community College is located nearby, as is the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the state's premiere high-tech and engineering institution.


Historic Main Street,a two-mile strip of antique buildings housing specialty shops and restaurants and bars, makes Ellicott City a popular location for antique hunting and dining. Washington D.C.'s national monuments are 20 minutes away, traffic permitting.

Patapsco State Park offers great hiking trails for lovers of nature. Three miles away, the Benjamin Banneker Museum honors the life of the nation's first black man of science and astronomy who grew up in Ellicott City.

Nationally recognized entertainers can be found in nearby Columbia, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Columbia Mall offers upscale shopping. Numerous strip malls abound with a mix of big box stores and restaurants, including vegan restaurant, The Mango Grove.


Interstates 95 and 70 are easily accessible for those traveling to Washington D.C. or Baltimore. On I-95, it's 24 miles/30 minutes north to Baltimore and 28 miles/45 minutes south to D.C.

I-70 west feeds into the Baltimore Beltway, the ring of freeways surrounding Baltimore as an alternative to I-95. Many Ellicott City residents commute 15 miles/20 minutes to the national offices of the Social Security Administration in Baltimore.

Route 29 is another alternative to interstate travel to Washington D.C. Newly completed Route 100 offers a fast-paced commute to Annapolis, the state capital 25 miles away.

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