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Living in Clarksville Maryland | Top Places to Live in Howard County

Are you on the lookout for a prime residential area nestled in one of Howard County's most sought-after ZIP codes? If so, Clarksville, Maryland, might just be the perfect destination for you. Let's delve into everything you need to know about this top town so you can determine if it's right for you. If you prefer to listen over reading, check out the video below.

Howard County and Clarksville Maryland

Every week, I receive calls and texts from people just like you, all seeking advice on the best places to move within Maryland. Howard County consistently stands out, and within it, Clarksville is a gem worth exploring.

Howard County Maryland Restaurants

Now there are plenty of other areas to live within the county, but this blog is specifically focused on those looking to live in one of the top-rated school districts in the state and country.

If affordable housing is your primary concern, this may not be the best place to search. However, if you're seeking top-tier living with exceptional schools, Clarksville might be your answer.


Clarksville Maryland Map

Situated in central Maryland at the intersection of Route 32 and 108, Clarksville's prime location positions it just 20 minutes from Fort Meade, around 30 minutes from downtown Baltimore, 35 minutes from Annapolis, and approximately 50 minutes from downtown DC. Being part of Howard County adds to its appeal, ranking as the third-best county for families and fourth-best overall among over 3,100 counties in the US, according to

Educational Excellence

A standout benefit of living in Clarksville is the renowned Howard County Public School System, rated third-best in the nation and number one within the county. Having experienced this exceptional system myself, I've witnessed countless success stories among my peers who've gone on to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, and thriving business owners, owing much to the educational foundation laid here. I have nothing but great things to say about it.

For families with sports-inclined kids, River Hill High School stands out as the county's top spot for high school sports and ranks 6th best statewide.

Local Amenities and Shopping

Clarksville Commons
Clarksville Commons

Now, let's talk about amenities. Clarksville boasts the River Hill Village Center, housing a Giant grocery store, the Columbia Gym, and a UPS store, alongside local favorites like the Bagel Bin and River Hill Grill.

And on the other side of Rt 108, the newer Clarksville Commons offers retail spaces, local dining, and hosts outdoor events throughout the year. If you prefer local eateries over chains, Clarksville has a solid amount of local restaurants that are all highly rated.

During summer, the River Hill Pool, managed by the Columbia Association, is a popular spot. The Columbia Association oversees various amenities in Columbia and manages the pool and Columbia Gym in Clarksville. Most residents find membership worthwhile for access to the expansive gym facilities.

Outdoor Activities In Clarksville

Triadelphia Reservoir

If you're looking for a spot right in town, the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, boasting over 5 miles of natural hiking trails, would be a good spot to go. It's rarely crowded and feels like you're in the middle of nowhere on its 1,000+ acres.

And just on the edge of Clarksville is the Triadelphia Reservoir, an 800-acre lake perfect for hiking, fishing, and boating. You can also check out Brighton Dam while you're there, which is a cool picnic and fishing spot.

Real Estate Insights: Pricing and Neighborhoods

Now, let's talk real estate. Clarksville isn't known for its affordability, with a median home price of $961,000 at the time of this writing, considerably higher than neighboring areas like Columbia.

River Hill Village in Clarksville Maryland

The real estate market here can also be divided into two categories: River Hill subdivision and greater Clarksville. The River Hill subdivision is a massive planned development situated along Great Star Drive and includes condos, townhomes, and single-family detached homes, all built from the early 2000s.

A two-bed, two-bath condo in River Hill averages around $460,000, while a townhouse might fetch $660,000. Single-family detached homes here average at $1.04 million, offering 4-5 bedrooms and 2.5-3.5 baths.

Outside River Hill, you'll find only single-family detached properties, often on larger parcels, with a median price of $1.075 million. Some homes here with more acreage reach as high as $3 million. Again, not on the top of the list for affordability but you're buying in one of the most desirable zipcodes in the state.

Get in Touch

If Clarksville sounds like a place you'd love to live, reach out to me! I'm happy to help you with your move.

Eddie Brady, REALTOR

Cell: 301-395-0815

Office: 301-648-6000

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