William Lent, who moved here from Laurel with his wife, Carol, and three children in 1989, said: "I like the convenience of everything. My house is right back up to a tot lot."
As his son Sean, 3, played in the front yard, the 31-year-old Washington, D.C., firefighter said, "In Laurel I felt I couldn't let the kids out to play. I'm not saying that Columbia doesn't have crime. Here, my mind's a little more at ease."
Commuting time to dowtown Baltimore: About 30 minutes.
Commuting time to Washington: About 30 minutes.
Public schools: Phelps Luck Elementary School, Deep Run Elementary School, Waterloo Elementary School.
Shopping: Long Reach Village Center, anchored by Safeway.
Nearest mall: The Mall in Columbia, about 10 minutes away.
Points of interest: Long Reach Village Center
Zip code: 21045.
Average price of single family home*: $183,872 -- 42 sales
*Average price for homes sold through the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Information Technologies multiple listing service over the past 12 months