Community Profile: Ellicott City

    Ellicott City is near and dear to our hearts here at The Bob Lucido Team, since it’s the headquarters of our main location.  As the county seat of Howard County, this unincorporated community is home to more than 65,000 people. The city is west of Baltimore city, north of Washington D.C. and east of Frederick.  It’s near airports, shopping, museums, and recreation.  The area also boasts exceptional primary and secondary education systems. Ellicott City has a charming historic downtown area referred to as, “Old Ellicott City,” which has been around since 1772 and is filled with locally-owned shops, restaurants, stores, and boutiques. This city does well in national rankings and has been named one of the top 10 “Best Places to Live,” for small cities by Money Magazine five different times.  Ellicott City has also been named as one of the “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns,” by Newsmax magazine. It’s a favorite place to live and work for many people in the Baltimore metropolitan area.  Let’s take a deeper look at Ellicott City.

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    Housing styles in Ellicott City

    Homes in Ellicott City epitomize all that East Coast Maryland has to offer.  You will find plenty of single-family homes, upscale townhouses, apartments, and condos.  Housing prices in Ellicott City are fairly high– the average listing price here is $550,000.  Homes here have great resale potential because of proximity to Baltimore and D.C.  There are a number of popular housing styles found in Ellicott City.  The most prevalent for this suburban area is the Colonial.  This two-level home can be classic brick, stone, or siding on the exterior and features bedrooms on the upper level and living space on the main level.  Cape Cod-style homes have more of a cozy cottage feel and were mainly built during the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Rambler homes are one story and are flat and long, with living space spread throughout the home.  Split-foyer and split-level homes are not currently being built but there are many resales of these homes from the 1960’s and 1970’s in the area.  Whatever you prefer, you can find the house you desire in expansive Ellicott City.

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    Things to do in Ellicott City

    Due to its prime location in the area, Ellicott City is the perfect location for finding fun things to do.  The Ellicott City Station for the B&O Railroad is here, a great place to learn about the history of train and railway stations.  You can also visit farm animals with children at Clark’s Elioak Farm and view the remnants from the Enchanted Forest, a fairy-tale themed park that existed in Ellicott City until the 1990’s. If you’re into ghosts, Ellicott City is a great place for ghost-hunting with haunted places all over the city.  There’s even a city tour that will even take you to locations throughout the city where paranormal activity has been reported.  Ellicott City has many great parks, including Centennial Park, which has abundant trails and a lake,  and also Patapsco Valley State Park.  You could also take a stroll through historic Old Ellicott City and enjoy the shops and restaurants in that area.  A flash flood ripped through the downtown area in 2016 and ruined many of the buildings here but the city is currently rebuilding and is coming back bigger and better than ever.

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    Favorite Ellicott City restaurants

    • Stella Notte: classic Italian kitchen with brick-oven pizza, martinis, and more.
    • Honey Pig: get barbecue grilled right at your table at this popular and high-energy dining spot.
    • Ernesto’s Fine Mexican Food: this Mexican establishment serves traditional Tex-Mex in a relaxed and cheery setting.
    • The White Oak Tavern: this restaurants serves American fare, has a beer garden, and locally-sourced pub grub.
    • Portalli’s: creative Italian dining in a historic building in Old Ellicott City.

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    No matter where you live in Ellicott City, we’re sure you’ll agree that this Howard County city is a unique spot.  The location is ideal for traveling and commuting.  There’s easy access to shopping of every kind.  You’ll never run out of great spots to grab a bite and the elegance of Old Ellicott City makes this city a sparkling gem.  Bob Lucido has been voted “Best Realtor in Howard County,” for three years in a row and he’s proud to have his home base in Ellicott City.  Remember, you’ll never pay more for our superior service.  If you’re thinking about selling a home in Ellicott City, now is the perfect time.  Give Bob a call and he’ll be happy to walk you through the sales process.  If you want to buy in Ellicott City, we always have plenty of listings in this area.  Let one of our experienced agents help you find the house of your dreams.

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    Images courtesy of Flickr by BKL, Flickr by Doug Kerr,  Flickr by David Barrett, Flickr by Jon Dawson, Flickr by Jennifer Boyer

     

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