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Old 09-17-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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Any input would be appreciated. Columbia and the surrounding area.
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Old 09-17-2009, 11:16 PM
 
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At first glance, everything looks neat and clean. But you'll soon find that everything looks fake because it's a planned town. I'm from Westchester, NY, where every house and every street corner has a character. In Columbia, everything looks the same. Even trees look the same.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:08 AM
 
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At first glance, everything looks neat and clean. But you'll soon find that everything looks fake because it's a planned town. I'm from Westchester, NY, where every house and every street corner has a character. In Columbia, everything looks the same. Even trees look the same.
That's funny but true. I find it hard to find places there because everything is hidden in the trees.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:11 PM
 
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What specifically on Columbia are you interested in? Cost, walkability, schools, cultural? What are the key attributes that interest you. If you do not like the concept of a planned community and HOA communities then for the most part you will not like Columbia. I'm new to Columbia and discovering different streets and parts everyday. Most of Columbia is nice and neat and overall it is very family friendly and walkable. It is not cheap however and everything cost extra on top of your HOA fees. If you want old historic homes, you will not find that here most of Columbia's housing stock is 1960's and later.

I grew up in a planned community and really enjoyed the community, walking to pools, friends close by, sidewalks every where, playgrounds, tennis, basketball, soccer, etc. and I get a similar feel in Columbia.
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:36 PM
 
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Boring. Nothing to do but go to big box retail stores or the mall (or as Columbia calls it, the "town center").
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:06 PM
 
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I am looking for good schools, safe neighborhood, newer housing, dont like HOAs but I guess they are unavoidable.
Currently in Fairfax VA and wondering if Columbia is just as nice.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:42 PM
 
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I can't compare to Fairfax but Howard County has good schools and it is pretty safe. You do have petty crime and sometimes more serious, after all it is sandwiched between DC and Baltimore but for the most part it is safe. Also, there are alot of schools here so you could live in Columbia and go to Clarksville or Ellicott City schools and vice-a-versa. Based off of test scores Ellicott City and Clarksville have better schools but overall Columbia has good schools as well. If you go to the howard county public school site you can see test scores. Columbia, has a vast range of incomes and has more than its share of lower income people/free or reduce lunch, therefore its scores are typically lower than other schools. I'm not sure if that means that they are better or that lower income people generally score worst on standardized test. I really wish they would break the scores down by race and income. Currently, I think you can get test scores by race or income not both.

Good luck.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:48 PM
 
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I am looking for good schools, safe neighborhood, newer housing, dont like HOAs but I guess they are unavoidable.
Currently in Fairfax VA and wondering if Columbia is just as nice.
I lived near Columbia, currently living in Fairfax. You're basically looking to live as far away from ghetto conditions as possible. If that's what you're looking for, it's my opinion that Columbia is better than Fairfax.
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