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Christine, Home Buyer in 21044

what is the best zip code in columbia, md to move too?

Asked by Christine, 21044 Fri Nov 9, 2007

My husband and I are looking to buy a home in Columbia MD. There are several ZIP Codes, and we're not sure which one to move to. We're looking for best schools, safest neighborhoods, etc.

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Please visit my webiste where there is a link for crime data in Howard County. You can put in an address and get the police reporting data for the surrounding area. I was a Howard County Police Officer for 20 years, and crime analysis was one of my areas. If you have questions about the results, please contact me. Also, using a zip code for any research in this area is just to broad of a a parameter. It also depends from where you are moving, and what you are used to. Good luck!
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Christine, all of the answers below are good. I'm either a great person to ask, or the worst, because I have lived and worked in several areas of one zip code, sold a house in another zip code earlier this year to my daughter and son-in-law, and have had sellers and buyers (to say nothing of friends) throughout all three zip codes, and in every neighborhood, over the years. I've had clients who have had children graduate successfully from every high school in Columbia -- and the entire county -- so it becomes what you want for your student and his or her strengths.

My suggestion? Sitting down and talking about what you want in a house and neighborhood will be a great investment of time -- usually about an hour -- and help you choose the right area for you. You may want to consider several areas as you hunt for your new home. I've got some resources to help you, and can show you how to find all sorts of information for any specific home you are considering.

This is an important decision for you, and I'm glad you're taking the time to be careful -- and happy in your new neighborhood and home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 9, 2009
Hi,

Columbia is a great place to buy a home. You can check out this article:
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2008/snapshot…

One place you can check is the Howard County web site at:
http://www.HowardCountyMD.gov

Also, our real estate firm provides full reports to all of clients about schools and
areas. I recommend getting an agent that lives in Columbia because they can give you a lot
more detail about the great neighborhoods.

It should be noted that 21044 has more expensive homes. Also, you can view school information at:
http://www.greatschools.net .

Please visit our site to get more information at http://www.mdjustlisted.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 6, 2009
There are 3 zip codes in Columbia....21044, 21045, 21046. There is no "best" one, but in theory, if price reflects quality, the ranking would go from most expensive to cheapest as 21044, 21046, 21045. 21044 is more expensive because the western and southern sides of the zip. 21044 has River Hill, Columbia's most expensive area. It is also the newest...hence higher prices, newer schools, better shopping. 21044 also has the Hobbit's Glen golf course area. I also am fond of 21046. It is mostly single family homes and is in the best location to D.C.

Overall, all are very good, and I wouldn't shop just by zip code alone. I would recommend narrowing down your search first by price and style of home. Then see what different areas offer you. Also, don't forget about other areas of Howard County like Ellicott City (21043, 21042), Clarksville (21029) and Elkridge (21075). Many of these areas might offer you superior options.

Let me know if I can help you further.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 9, 2007
There are a lot of great areas in Columbia! The best one, is the one that's best for you & family's needs. I'd encourage you to check out the Howard County website, http://www.HowardCountyMD.gov. It links to schools & other county services & has info on all.

Find a realtor that you are confortable with - they certainly should know the areas of Columbia that have homes in your price range with the features you need.
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