Ellicott City Living at Its Finest


August 17, 2011|By Advertorial Content by Bozzuto Homes


Year after year, Ellicott City, Md., is included in prestigious “best places to live in America” lists by publications such as CNN Money and Forbes – and for good reason. With a quaint and historic downtown combined with the convenience of modern-day shopping, a standout public education system, and close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., real estate in Ellicott City/Columbia is some of the most-sought after in the country.

However, until recently, Howard County homebuyers had only the option of purchasing older real-estate in town, or newer construction far removed from the “small town” feel of the community.  But with the addition of Bozzuto Homes’ new community Shipley’s Grant, home seekers can now have the best of both worlds. 

Before embarking on a house hunt in the area, consider the factors that make Shipley’s Grant such a highly desirable community and apply these standards to your own search.

Location, Location, Location – While the real estate market has changed dramatically over the last few years, one lesson in real estate 101 remains truer than ever; location is everything. Shipley’s Grant was designed with location front and center. Ellicott City and Columbia, Md. are centrally located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., allowing families who work in these regional business hubs to be significantly closer to both work and home, greatly increasing work-life balance. Shipley’s Grant is close enough to the big city to enjoy perks such as sporting events, concerts and national attractions, but far enough removed that residents  feel relaxed and comfortable in the peaceful suburbs.

Strength of the Public Education System – When it comes to determining the value of a home, the school district is a major factor. Parents and real estate appraisers agree that selecting a neighborhood with strong local schools is a wise move.  The Howard County Public School System is recognized locally, regionally and nationally for being an education powerhouse. In fact, more than 90 percent of Howard County graduates continue on to higher education opportunities.

Community – When searching for your next home, it’s important to consider the stability of a community. Do the conveniences of the area provide an enjoyable village-living feeling? Can you picture yourself interacting with your neighbors?  Is there charm in your surroundings? Shipley’s Grant residents appreciate the fact that the neighborhood was built valuing the importance of an efficient and strong community. With numerous shops and restaurants located within the development  – Starbucks Coffee, Coal Fire Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, The Wine Seller, Royal Cleaners and Venus Spa – neighbors have a plethora of dining and retail destinations, all within walking distance. The main street layout of the community and modern amenities such as a state of the art outdoor pool with a large sundeck and outdoor community fireplace encourage an active and social lifestyle.

Connection to Nature – Howard County is home to sprawling farmland, beautiful public parks and countless opportunities to explore nature. Bozzuto Homes believes it’s important for design and architecture to compliment and support natural surroundings. That’s why Shipley’s Grant’s professionally designed landscape is filled with native plants and trees that create a natural and peaceful environment for residents. The tree-lined pedestrian streets, walking trails, and biking trails all promote exercise and encourage outdoor living. Shipley’s Grant is also conveniently located within close proximity to all five of Howard County’s Farmers Markets allowing residents to purchase fresh local produce and foods. In addition, all homes in the Shipley’s Grant community are EnergyStar rated and the walkability of the community supports environmentally responsible living.  

Ellicott City and the community of Shipley’s Grant offer modern living in a traditional setting, where community, education, work/life balance, and the environment are a focus.  The commitment to this lifestyle is shared by residents and will be for years to come.
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