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Old 07-19-2013, 11:31 PM
 
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What are the differences between the 2 areas...really?
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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What are the differences between the 2 areas...really?
The original areas of Columbia are a planned city, with the Columbia Association providing the recreation. There are HOA rules covering the appearance of houses, fences, trails etc. Columbia has a uniform, clean, and to me, sterile appearance.

Laurel is totally unplanned, and just grew the way it is. There are great developments and run-down ones, and an interesting but seedy downtown area. Laurel has the MARC train available. Laurel is in three difference counties, and the best schools are in the Howard County portion.

If one can afford it, I would recommend living in Columbia.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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The original areas of Columbia are a planned city, with the Columbia Association providing the recreation. There are HOA rules covering the appearance of houses, fences, trails etc. Columbia has a uniform, clean, and to me, sterile appearance.

Laurel is totally unplanned, and just grew the way it is. There are great developments and run-down ones, and an interesting but seedy downtown area. Laurel has the MARC train available. Laurel is in three difference counties, and the best schools are in the Howard County portion.

If one can afford it, I would recommend living in Columbia.
Pretty much sums it up. Columbia is a planned community. However, it lacks any character and charm. Maybe each neighborhood has different charm, but when I visit my friends, its pretty much the same...just blah... Columbia also has run down neighborhoods and Section 8 areas from the Baltimore folks.

Laurel is a city. Its still growing with new neighborhoods and subdivisions being built in all 3 counties. The city is going under a major revitalization with the ICC and LTC under construction.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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Columbia has a very nice and growing mall though Laurel will in time get a new open set of stores in the area where the old mall used to be. Also, Columbia has Merriweather Post Pavilion which offers some nice concerts occasionally as well as a Toby's Dinner Theater which is pretty nice.

EducatedBro82 is right about the new developments in Laurel. They have one in the Russett part of Laurel where they're building new townhomes. Also, they're building new townhomes off of Cherry Lane and new townhomes off of Gorman Road. I believe I saw signs about getting council approval for a new development further down Gorman Road in what was a garden nursery at one time. Lastly, there is a lot of development in Fulton which is just outside Laurel.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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New construction single family homes start around $600K in Laurel Howard County. Expensive, but much better schools and Howard County appears to be very judicious in its zoning.

Laurel Prince George's County is much different in every aspect. So much so, that I have trouble equating Laurel PG to Laurel Howard.
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