1,253 apartments for rent in Columbia, MD
Guide to Columbia
Columbia Apartments For Rent
If you’re planning to rent an apartment in Columbia, then you’re doing exactly what James Rouse wanted you to do back when he planned the city in 1967. The Rouse Company took a different path than most in planning a new community – they focused on ways to enhance the quality of life, rather than the urban core. Rouse emphasized schools, parks, shopping centers, a variety of housing, and cultural venues, then tied it all together with a series of sidewalks and pathways designed to get neighbors out and talking, fostering relationships.
Rouse’s vision was to design a city for everyone – no matter race, religion, socio-economic status, etc. He went against the norm at the time, which was cookie-cutter and somewhat inconvenient subdivisions far from the center of town and lacking any type of businesses, parks, or shopping centers.
The result is still attracting new residents decades later. Today, Columbia consists of 10 self-contained villages and a town center. It features every type of housing imaginable, from affordable apartment communities to million-dollar mansions. What started out as 14,000 acres and a plan has become a beautiful community with roughly 2,800 businesses and more than 500 shops and restaurants. Find your apartment in Columbia now and start enjoying what James Rouse designed, just for you.
Things to Do in Columbia:
Downtown Columbia is a terrific starting point when exploring your new hometown. The area is filled with stores, restaurants, and businesses along the lake, with beautiful pathways connecting it all. Downtown is an exciting live-work-play community, and you might find everything you need – including your new apartment – right here.
If you want shopping on a grander scale, the Mall in Columbia houses more than 200 stores and five anchor stores. An outdoor park-like area includes a water feature, a movie complex, and several outdoor cafes.
The Merriweather Post Pavilion is a beautiful amphitheater that has hosted such legendary musicians as the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Who, and Janis Joplin. Set among 40 acres of forest, the pavilion hosts everything from rock to jazz to hip-hop to alternative to classical. This is a fantastic place to see a concert, surrounded by natural beauty.
Speaking of beauty, don’t overlook the Columbia Art Center! This fantastic location has gallery exhibits, a gift shop, art classes, a Japanese Garden, and special programs for children. And while on the subject of art, don’t miss the Columbia Festival of the Arts, a summer arts festival that lasts 16 days and includes regional, national, and international artists.
Historic Oakland Manor should definitely be on your must-visit list when you move to Columbia. Located in Downtown Columbia, this historic manor was built in 1811. It is open to the public for tours and also hosts special events. Oakland Manor is one of Howard County’s oldest buildings. James Rouse was careful to preserve and protect the historic buildings in Columbia, and they are located throughout the city. Other buildings include the Barn at Oakland Mills, Dorsey Manor, the Wilde Lake stone house, and Oliver’s Carriage House.
With a landscape that is beautiful and inviting year-round, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Columbia. If you enjoy horseback riding (or want lessons), visit the Columbia Horse Center. If you enjoy sports – particularly skateboarding, baseball, and mini golf, then head over to the Columbia Sports Park. Ice skaters will appreciate the public Columbia Ice Rink, which offers lessons to all ages and ability levels. There’s also the Columbia Swim Center, an indoor swim center with water slides.
Lake Kittamaqundi is a beautiful location, located near the Mall in Columbia. It is a 27-acre reservoir that hosts several summer festivals and other events. Lake Centennial, surrounded by Centennial Park, is ideal for fishing and boating. The park includes a walking trail and a wildlife area. Columbia’s largest lake, Lake Elkhorn, is 37 acres. The surrounding park includes a walking path around the lake and a picnic pavilion.
What to Consider When Moving to Columbia:
Columbia is a very unique city with its collection of villages. Each village contains smaller neighborhoods and a village center. Most of the village centers feature shops, bike and walking paths, a park, a community center, and in many cases, schools.
Downtown Columbia has plans to create more public amenities, infrastructure, housing, and environmental elements over the next few decades. The plans include sustainable features and a multi-modal transportation system.
Columbia enjoys a strong economy, mainly due to its location between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Many residents are employed by the federal government, especially the US Department of Defense and the National Security Agency. Other employers include the Applied Physics Laboratory, WR Grace and Company, PetMeds, Martek Biosciences, Integral Systems, and Sourcefire.
Why Columbia Apartments Are Hot:
Columbia is a unique city that continues to grow and develop. The live-work-play design of the villages has helped it become one of the DC area’s favorite locations, and it was named one the Best Places to Live in the US by Money Magazine four times – in 2006, 2008, 2010, and in 2012.
With its central location, beautiful landscape, fantastic parks, and village centers, Columbia apartments are as hot today as they were forty-plus years ago, when James Rouse decided to design a community especially for the people who would love it.
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- In 2010, Money magazine rated Columbia number two out of the 100 “Best Places to Live” in the nation
- With five anchor department stores and more than 200 specialty stores and restaurants, the Mall in Columbia leaves no shopper unsatisfied
- For recreation, there are 23 outdoor swimming pools, 80 miles of paths for jogging, and three lakes available
- A planned community built with the idea that a city could improve the quality of life of its residents
- The Columbia Art Center offers camps and classes for all ages to the public
- Operated by the Columbia Association, a homeowners association that plays an important role in many of this community’s events and developments