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Largest Local Employers and New Startups in Howard County

Published: November 26, 2016

At an ideal location in the middle of Baltimore and Washington, Howard County is a local hub for some of the area’s top research, healthcare and technology companies. Check out some of Howard County’s top local employers and some of the best up-and-coming local startups.

Largest Local Employers

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

11100 Johns Hopkins Road |  Laurel, Maryland 20723

The Johns Hopkins University APL is a research center and defense contractor, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard the nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space.


Lorien Health Systems

Locations in Ellicott City, Elkridge and Columbia

Lorien Health Systems’ skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living communities help seniors heal, rehabilitate, and maximize their quality of life.


Howard County General Hospital

5755 Cedar Ln | Columbia, MD 21044

An affiliate of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Howard County General offers a full range of services including women’s and children’s services, surgery, cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, gerontology, psychiatry, emergency services, and community health education.


Local Startups


9250 Bendix Rd | Columbia, Maryland 21045

VitusVet helps veterinarians and pet owners share medical information to improve the wellbeing of pets with their mobile app allowing access to your pets’ complete medical records any time. VitusVet recently shared that 25 million pet medical records are currently being shared with pet owners through VitusVet’s cloud-based system.


VHEDA Health

9250 Bendix Road, Suite 645  | Columbia, Maryland 21045

VHEDA Health delivers personalized disease management and analytics for high-risk, chronic disease populations directly to your mobile device. By increasing patient adherence, they create cost savings of $15,000 per prevented hospitalization for health plans and self-insured employers.



9190 Red Branch Road, Suite D | Columbia, MD 21045

Bricata specializes in commercial grade next generation intrusion prevention solutions (NGIPS) optimized for multi-location and high bandwidth deployments, delivering up to nine times better threat detection than conventional IPS systems.

If you’re looking to move to Howard County, please take a moment to view our communities.

The Ridgely

Published: September 19, 2016

Introducing the “Ridgely“, Dorsey Family Homes newest floor plan! The main floor boasts a flexible owner’s choice room, potential in-law bedroom with full bath, expansive kitchen with walk-in pantry and butler’s pantry. A center staircase leads to the second floor where you’ll find the laundry room, master bedroom with sitting room and flexible space that includes multiple configurations for layouts including a 5th bedroom option. The Ridgely exceeds the expectations of today’s discerning homeowner! 

Samuel’s Grant

Published: July 21, 2016

We are now selling at Samuel’s Grant in Elkridge, MD! Located in Howard County, this community is just minutes from Belmont Manor and Historic Park, Rockburn Branch Park, Meadowridge Memorial Park, and The Timbers at Troy.

We have more than a dozen available lots and three floor plans to choose from.

  • The Armistead III  is one of our most popular plans, with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a dramatic two-story entrance foyer, formal living and dining room, first floor library, and a spacious kitchen and breakfast area that opens to a large family room.
  • The Calvert is our newest plan, featuring 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, both a great room for family gathering and a library for peace and quiet, and a finished lower level including options for a den, exercise room and home theatre.
  • The Chamberlain has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large porches on some elevations, a unique stair twist adding a dramatic flair to the entry and a two-story family room.

Contact Mitch to schedule an appointment to see our model home at 5741 Landing Rd. in Elkridge, MD.



Cherry Blossom Estates

Published: May 10, 2016

If you’re looking to live in Howard County, MD, look no further than Cherry Blossom Estates in Columbia, MD. We have two unique homesites available located just minutes from Long Reach Park.

We currently have a Quick Delivery home available on Lot #1 in a one of a kind Armistead III with unique additional options. This home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and additional options including a new expanded kitchen, in-law suite and more!

Lot #2 is currently available for building. Choose from the popular Armistead III plan, or the brand new Calvert or the Chamberlain III, both with 4 beds, 2.5 baths, and standard upgrades like hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters.

For more details or to schedule an appointment, please call Mitch today!

Model Home: 5741 Landing Rd. Elkridge, MD. 21075

Visit the Howard County Public Schools website for all the info on area schools and rankings.

New Homes in Howard County at Kindler Overlook

Published: November 6, 2015

If you’re interested in living in Howard County,  be sure to check out our new Kindler Overlook community. Located in Laurel, this community has seven ½-acre homesites.

Kindler Overlook

With three different 4 bed, 2.5 bath floorplans available, you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit. Choose between our Armistead III, Calvert, and Chamberlain III models.

Fulton, MD

Kindler Overlook is located just a short walk from Gorman Park, a 228-acre park with various paths and a steam. You are also just minutes away from Maple Lawn in Fulton, MD, filled with boutique shops, upscale restaurants and everything you need in one place. A few to note below:

  • Harris Teeter
  • CVS
  • McDonalds
  • Tutti-Fruitti
  • Pet Barn
  • Lax World
  • Liquid Blue (women’s clothing)
  • Simply Divine Boutique
  • Maple Lawn Market & BP Gas Station
  • The Grill
  • The Pearl Spa & Boutique
  • First Sight Vision Care
  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
  • RANAZULTapas – Wine
  • Pura Vida MedSpa
  • Aesthetic and Family Dental
  • Sidamo Coffee & Tea
  • Looney’s Pub
  • Hyatt and Co. Men’s Clothier
  • IM wine, a premier wine, liquor and craft beer store
  • Bra la la, a women’s specialty shop
  • Jerrys Sub & Pizza
  • Organic Cleaner
  • GNC Store
  • PNC Bank
  • Hair Cuttery
  • High Starr Copy Services

Spend the afternoon grabbing a bite to eat, finding the perfect gift and completing your errands, all just two miles from your new luxury home!

Contact Mitch today to learn more: / 443.463.4771

Haunted Ellicott City

Published: October 15, 2015

It is no surprise that a town that displays so much of its history might still have some of the past lingering around. Ellicott City is claimed to be one of the country’s most haunted cities. It was named in Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Spooky American Getaways. This week we are going to explore some of Ellicott City’s most haunted spots.

The Hayden House

The old Hayden House, or Oak Lawn, is a small stone house that was built back in the early 1800′s by Edwin Parson Hayden, the first county clerk in Ellicott City. It is now part of the Howard County Courthouse offices.

Clerks and secretaries have reported lights turning on and off by themselves, a coffee pot that would heat up even when it was unplugged, the sounds of footsteps in unoccupied parts of the building, a rocking chair that moved by itself and of a staff member who came to work early one morning and saw a man through the glass panes of the front door.

The most commonly reported strange events were the smells of soup, bacon and eggs that would waft through the building during the day and into the night. Soon, the ghost was dubbed the “cooking ghost.”


Lilburn Mansion

Lilburn was built in 1857 by Henry Richard Hazelhurst, a prosperous business owner. As the years passed, a series of tragedies struck the family as Hazelhurst lost his wife and several children. One of them, a daughter, was said to have died in childbirth at Lilburn.

Reports of paranormal activity started in the 1920s when the Maginnis family heard footsteps and other unexplainable noises. That year a fire broke out and much of the mansion was ruined. It was completely restored except for one minor change: Maginnis replaced the gothic peaks in the tower with stone battlements.  Apparently, this change did not sit well with the ghosts of Lilburn, because paranormal activity began to increase, leading many to wonder if Henry Hazelhurst himself might still be lingering behind.

Since then, several of the families who lived there have reported paranormal encounters, including phantom footsteps, a family dog refusing to go in a certain room on the second floor,  a heavy chandelier in the dining room swinging back and forth, the sounds of a child crying, the smells of a cigar and the sight of the shadowy figures of a man and a girl in a chiffon dress walking down the hall. The windows in the tower have been known to open on their own, even after a resident tried to tie them shut with rope.

Patapsco Female Institute

The Patapsco Female Institute was one of the first female institutes in the south. Life at the institute could be tough, as the building was made of stone and got bitterly cold in the winter. Colds and sickness spread among the girls during the wet and cool months and a number of girls even died from influenza and croup.

One in particular was said to be Annie Van Derlot, the daughter of a rich southern planter. She resented being sent to the school, and  she sent a number of letters home which protested her”incarceration” and spoke badly of the school.  She died from pneumonia during her first winter at the school and her ghost is said to still linger there, roaming the ruins where her classrooms and dormitory used to be.

There have been several sightings of Annie’s ghost in the historic park. A few years ago, a girl who found herself separated from a group of visitors saw a young woman in a long gown walk out of the front doors, down the stone steps and across the lawn, where she abruptly vanished.


Mt. Ida

Historic Mt. Ida is currently the visitor center and office for the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. In the 1850s Judge John Snowden Tyson purchased the mansion. His daughter, “Miss Ida” Tyson, was the last of the family to live here, and it is rumored that her ghost still watches over her home. In life, Miss Ida kept a ring of keys with her at all times, and witnesses say they hear her keys jingling as her ghost walks through the house.

The Judge’s Bench

The pub is haunted by the ghost of Mary, a young woman who hung herself on the third floor of the building that now houses the bar. She is credited with making sounds around the building, including flushing toilets and stomping around.

The Diamondback Tavern

Previously Tiber River Tavern, employees here have noticed things occasionally moved around in the bar area, and guests have heard unexplained voices.

Old Firehouse

The firehouse is said to be haunted by a few of the fireman who used to work there. There have been reports of doors slamming, phantom footsteps and even a possible ghost sighting.

As one of the most haunted small towns, Ellicott City has many locations to explore. If you’re feeling brave, some of these locations and many more can be seen on an Ellicott City Ghost Tour.

Live an Active Lifestyle at Patapsco Valley State Park

Published: September 22, 2015

Dorsey Family Homes’ Carver Estates community is just steps away from Patapsco Valley State Park, ones of Maryland’s largest parks that spans over 14,000 acres along 32 miles of the Patapsco River. With campsites, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas and swimming areas, Patapsco Valley State Park offers plenty of opportunity to live an active lifestyle in Howard County, MD.


McKeldin Area

The most northern part of the park spanning into Carroll County, McKeldin area has miles of multi-use trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. There is also an 18-hole disc golf course, pavilions, a youth group camping area and plenty of wide open space to explore.

Daniels Area

Daniels area is perfect for paddlers, with a canoe put-in/take-out. Anglers will also enjoy a display about fish spawning activity in the river, and can find smallmouth bass year round and Rainbow and Brown Trout in the spring.


Hollofield Area

Hollofield area is the closest to Carver Estates, and also the park headquarters. Here you’ll find one of the two campgrounds in the park. This area offers some of the most stunning river views in the park, especially when combined with the colored leaves in the fall. There are several hiking trails and picnic areas.

Pickall Area

The Pickall area is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is perfect for family reunions and other large events, offering 11 large shelters with grills, two playgrounds, a basketball court, and lots of open play fields.


Hilton Area

The Hilton area in Catonsville is the perfect spot for families to get active and learn about nature. Children will love climbing all over the recycled tire playground. There is a nature center that offers seasonal programs, as well as Junior Rangers and Little Sprouts programs. This area also has Sawmill Branch Trail, which takes you boulder hopping in the stream.


Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove Areas

These areas are at the southern part of the park. They offer large picnic shelters, playgrounds, a swinging bridge and multi-use trails that take hikers through beautiful views of the river and waterfalls.

Patapsco Valley State Park is a great slice of wilderness just minutes away from the city. There are opportunities for the whole family to get active and enjoy nature right next to home.

Living in Ellicott City

Published: August 8, 2015

If you are searching for a new home in Howard County, consider Ellicott City and check out our “Welcome to Ellicott City” series.

Ellicott City: Location, Location, Location

Located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor in central Maryland, Ellicott City offers a historic, small town feel close to big city conveniences. Ellicott City has been named to  MONEY Magazine’s Best Places to Live four times in the last 10 years, ranking at number 6 last year. There are great jobs nearby, several schools ranked in Newsweek’s list of America’s Top High Schools, and plenty of green space helping to land it on the list of the Top 10 Places for Dog Lovers by U.S. News and World Report.

Historic Ellicott City

Ellicott City has a rich history, and much of its history is still displayed today around Ellicott City’s Historic Main Street. Some of the most popular historic sites include the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, the oldest surviving railroad station in America; Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, built around 1780 by one of the first settlers of Ellicott Mills and restored as a historic visitor’s center; and the Patapsco Female Institute, a former girls’ boarding school, now a historical park.

Ellicott City: Main Street USA

Main Street offers an eclectic mix of unique restaurants and quirky shops, including pubs, coffee shops, antique stores and toy shops. There are also several recurring events on Main Street including First Fridays, Girl’s Night Out, and the Main Street Music Festival which will be in its fifth year on September 26.

Haunted Ellicott City

Named to Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Spooky American Getaways, Ellicott City is claimed to be one of the country’s most haunted small towns. Visit spooky sites, such as historic mansions claimed to be haunted by their old residents, pubs on Main Street whose guests have heard strange noises and more.

Thanks for taking the time to learn about why Ellicott City is such a great place to live! For more information about our available homes in Ellicott City, check out Scarborough Estates and Carver Estates.

Ellicott City: Main Street USA

Published: July 22, 2015

Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street offers an eclectic mix of unique restaurants and quirky shops. Come for a stroll and explore all that Main Street has to offer!

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Bean Hollow
A family-run cafe featuring in-house roasted coffee, tea, smoothies, bagels, pastries and delicious desserts.

Judge’s Bench Pub
With 17 rotating taps of craft beer, even more craft beer bottles and nearly 240 whiskies, you’ll never have to try the same thing twice here.

Phoenix Emporium
An old fashioned pub with large picture windows overlooking the heart of the town, Phoenix Emporium has over 160 bottled microbrews and imported beers from all around the world.

Pure Wine Cafe
Pure Wine Cafe serves small plates of fresh, locally sourced ingredients paired with a wine list that represents a wide variety of styles with a focus on gems from unlikely places.


All Time Toys
Children and toy collectors of all ages will love to explore the vintage and modern toys, including Lego, Star Wars and Marvel.

Antique Depot
An antiques and collectibles mall with over 80 dealers, Antique Depot has four floors of antiques and collectibles to explore.

Forget Me Not Factory
This shop’s three floors are filled with whimsical gifts, handmade items and fantasy-related items. If the weather is nice, stop by on the weekend to visit Barry the Bubbleman of Ellicott City!

Sweet Elizabeth Jane
Sweet Elizabeth Jane is a vintage-inspired lifestyle store with clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor.


First Fridays
The first Friday of each month, shops will stay open until 9pm or later with specials, sidewalk sales and late night dining. Live music is featured from 5-8 p.m. in front of the B&O Railroad. And bring your dog along to a wine tasting at Yappy Hour at The Wine Bin!

Girl’s Night Out
The third Thursday of each month, grab a group of girls and head out to Main Street for treats and discounts. Start at The Wine Bin for a goodie bag and then head to the participating businesses with a pink flag out front. Learn more here.

Main Street Music Festival
Maryland’s first unsigned emerging artist music festival, this event features food and drink, family activities such as crafts, storytellers and games like cornhole and football toss, and is free to the public.

Last year’s festival, in its fourth year, had over 5,000 applications, so expect this year’s festival on Saturday, September 26th to be bigger than ever. Get more info here.

Check out these fun events, plus many more!

Historic Ellicott City

Published: July 13, 2015

Ellicott City is a town that is proud of its rich history. After searching for an area where they could grow wheat and harness water power for a mill, brothers John, Andrew and Joseph Ellicott founded Ellicott Mills in 1772. In 1867, a city charter was secured and the name was changed to Ellicott City. Take a stroll down historic Ellicott City Main Street and the surrounding areas, and you will see many remnants from the past.

Here is a list of just some of the historic sites in Ellicott City:

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station

Ellicott City Station was completed by the B&O Railroad in 1830, and is the oldest surviving railroad station in America. It is now a national historical landmark. The train station was restored as a museum and today living historians tell the story of the development of the railroad and its impact on Ellicott City.

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin

This cabin was built around 1780 by one of the first settlers of Ellicott Mills. It was reconstructed in the late 20th century as a historical spot where visitors can learn about the settlement of development of the region from authentically costumed historians.

Heritage Orientation Center

Located behind Thomas Isaac Log Cabin in the city’s first courthouse, the orientation center has exhibits and information about the floods and fires of Ellicott Mills, 18th and 19th century milling techniques and the Ellicott family.

Ellicott City Firehouse Museum

This museum is located in the county’s first firehouse constructed in 1889. Now a museum, the firehouse displays fire apparatus, model toys, and a visual history of Howard County’s Volunteer Fire Department.

Ellicott City Colored School

The one-room schoolhouse was built in 1880 as the first public school for black children in Howard County, and was used as a school until the early 1950’s. It was restored in 1995 and now houses a  genealogical resource center and a museum chronicling the history of African Americans in Howard County.

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Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park

The Patapsco Female Institute was founded in 1837 as a boarding school for girls. Now, the stabilized ruins are open for tours and serve as a setting for special events including weddings, receptions, camps, and open-air theatre.

Whether it is your first time here, or you have had a home in Ellicott City for years, there is always more to explore about the town’s past and rich historical presence. Click here for more information and visiting hours for each of these historic sites.

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