The Heart of Maryland!

We think Central Maryland is pretty special -- but that's because we are based in Nellie's native Howard County. From this region, its an easy commute to Baltimore, Washington, and the employment centers in between in Columbia, Fort Meade, and Frederick. Major commuter routes tie to I-95, I-70; US Routes 29, 32, and 40; and State Routes 100, 175,  270, 97, and 295. Access to BWI Airport, and MARC rail lines. Strong schools at all levels, including satellite campuses of University of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University, make this area popular for new neighbors transferring into Maryland.

HOWARD COUNTY  --Two of the county's towns -- Ellicott City and Columbia -- have been named the second best place to live in the United States by CNN/MONEY magazine. The top-ranked public school system is complemented by a public library system also considered one of the nation's best. While Ellicott City and Elkridge are two of the oldest settlements in Maryland, Columbia sprang up in the late 1960s as a planned community incorporating a variety of residential styles, shops and restaurants, and businesses from in-home consultation to major corporations.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY -- Home to some of the earliest communities in the state, the county is anchored by Annapolis, the state capital, home of the US Naval Academy, and one of the nation's premier boating areas. Fort Meade, long established in the northern portion of the county, has been the base for a variety of military missions and is the location for National Security Agency and the newly-created CyberCommand.

CARROLL COUNTY -- Originally an agricultural community, the rolling hills now include not only farms, but a variety of businesses and residential communities for those commuting to Baltimore, Washington, Frederick, and southern Pennsylvania. Westminster and Sykesville are small towns with charming Main Streets, and public schools are well liked.

FREDERICK COUNTY -- Tech companies that started elsewhere have moved into Frederick County around the 270/15 interchange. The charm of Frederick City, which has become a mecca of boutiques and restaurants, dates to the early 1800s when the town was a agricultural crossroads. The northern portion of the county becomes more rural, and the Catoctin Mountains are the gateway to Western Maryland. On weekends, the President becomes a neighbor at Camp David!