Ellicott City

Welcome to Ellicott City

A charming, peaceful, and historic place to call home

With a population of approximately 72,000 residents, Ellicott City has a lot to offer. Located in Howard County and part of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, its proximity to Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. makes it easy to understand why Ellicott City is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. The city is celebrated for its historic and vibrant downtown, parks and green spaces, shops, restaurants, and plenty to do.
The origins of Ellicott City can be traced back to 1772. This city is home to the oldest railroad passenger station that is still in existence in the United States. The railroad station has since been converted into a museum, allowing visitors to experience an up-close-and-personal history lesson.
A drive through this suburban community will reveal a variety of architectural styles, as well as a charming assortment of historic homes and luxury estates. Here, you will notice Colonial-style, ranch-style, and Craftsman properties—just to name a few. Regardless of what your tastes are, Ellicott City is sure to have something to suit you.

What to Love

  • An attractive mix of old and new homes
  • Village Center shopping and dining
  • Art festivals and events
  • Diverse Culture
  • Old Town Ellicott City

People & Lifestyle

A historic town, Ellicott City is known for its charming and quaint atmosphere. It is also a tight-knit community where neighbors know one another. A stroll down Old Ellicott City will show you this idyllic town. Here, you can experience all the city has to offer, from shopkeepers, restaurants, and a thriving community of artists. As well, living in Ellicott City allows residents to enjoy the best of small-town living with the conveniences of a big city close by.
This peaceful community is home to individuals from all walks of life—ranging from young families to retirees. There is a place for you here.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

With so much to see and do here, it’s no surprise that in 2018, Money Magazine ranked Ellicott City as the fourth best place in the U.S. to live. For an upscale culinary experience, head over to Tersiguel's. This farm-to-table restaurant serves French country fare in an intimate 19-century house. For a more relaxed dining option, try Stella Notte. This casual Italian restaurant is known for its hearty entrées, brick-oven pizzas, and martini bar. For a unique twist on Mediterranean Food, check out Grille 620. This sleek and stylish steakhouse is all about great food and great service.
For some exciting shopping options, check out Old Town Ellicott. Home to over 65 shops, galleries, salons, shops, and entertainment options, this lively district has something for everyone.

Things to Do 

Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of living close to Centennial Park. This luscious 337-acre park has won awards for its natural design and sensitivity to nature. Centennial Park is also home to a 54-acre man-made lake with a 2.4-mile paved trail looping around it. Whether you want to use the playground, picnic in the sunshine, or go on a jog around the lake, Centennial Park is the perfect escape from city life. Likewise, the Patapsco Valley State Park is a public recreation area extending along the Patapsco River. Go hiking on the trails or simply come and soak up the sunshine. 

For a fun day out, check out the Turf Valley Country Club. With a championship golf course, a spa, dining, and more, Turf Valley Country Club aims to impress.


Ellicott City has many excellent private and public school options:

  • Worthington Elementary School
  • Folly Quarter Middle School
  • Centennial High School
  • Marriotts Ridge High School

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