When we were moving to the area, we were unaware of Columbia being any different than any other suburban community. Columbia was on our list of three or four communities to look at simply because of its proximity to my husband’s work. We only started looking more seriously at Columbia versus other commutable communities when we stopped for a picnic lunch after touring a few homes.
We happened to stop at Wilde Lake, just off Columbia Pike/US 29. We were instantly charmed by the shaded picnic area, the green spaces, the boathouse and the walking path. We wondered if the path went all the way around or not and planned to investigate a bit more before making our next trip into town for house shopping.
We went home and Googled information about Columbia, Md., read the entry on Wikipedia, and clicked on http://www.columbiamd.org/. Quickly, we learned about the Columbia Association and we became intrigued: Columbia was not your typical suburban community. After reading about it, we switched our house hunt to Columbia only, despite it not being the closest community to my husband’s work.
When we bought our home, the seller provided us with a covenant packet from our village in Columbia. Perhaps this is how you became aware of the Columbia Association and the villages as well. This packet details the assessment you are responsible for to the Columbia Association as a property owner, as well as detailing your village’s covenants.
I just picked up one of these packets for the second time the other day. While I read it the first time, I guess I was only looking for information on how to become a member of the pools and fitness facilities. This time while flipping through the materials, I found so much more. There’s a long listing of important area numbers, great descriptions of what the community offers and a bit of Columbia’s history. I’ve lived in Columbia for a little more than two years now and I’m just now discovering what CA offers. I only knew the tip of the iceberg: pools, fitness facilities, and pathways — but there is so much more!Let’s discover CA together!
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Over the past year she has worked on losing weight, getting fit and doing volunteer work; she is now looking forward to working for CA after staying home with her family for the last several years. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.