Harper’s Choice was the third of the ten Columbia villages to be developed and the current population is approximately 9000 residents. Within the Village of Harper's Choice there are three neighborhoods: Longfellow, Swansfield, and Hobbit's Glen. There are also six apartment complexes to be found in Harper’s Choice as well as an abundance of amenities including a large village center and senior friendly facilities.
This village of Columbia was once part of a farm once owned by the landowner Robert Harper Goodloe Carroll and this particular tract of land was his favorite, hence the name Harper’s Choice. Longfellow, the first neighborhood to be settled, was named for the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Hobbit's Glen gets its whimsical name from the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Swansfield was inspired by the paintings of James McNeill Whistler.
Within walking distance of Harper’s Choice are the Howard General Hospital, Howard Community College, Swansfield and Longfellow Elementary Schools, Harper’s Choice Middle School, Longfellow Pool and Neighborhood Center, and Swansfield Pool and Neighborhood Center, as well as the Harper’s Choice village center and the village center of nearby Wilde Lake. The Florence Bain Senior Center is located in Swansfield and the Winter Growth/Ruth Keeton House, featuring an assisted living program, is located beside the Senior Center.
Also found in Swansfield is the Athletic Club, one of Columbia's three fitness centers. Hobbit’s Glen has an 18-hole par 72 golf course as well as tennis courts and a pool. The Columbia SportsPark, an 18-hole miniature golf course, batting cages, and skate park is located in the Harper's Choice village center along with many other stores and Kahler Hall with its elegant lobby, community room, ballroom, and meeting room for special events.
Swansfield and Longfellow also have neighborhood centers for meetings and parties. An extensive walking/biking trail connects all three neighborhoods of Harper’s Choice. Sites of note in the area include one of the last surviving American chestnut trees, Dorsey Cemetery, Joseph’s Square Fountain, and the colonial era Doughoregan Manor boundary marker.
Clearly this village has it all for those requiring it for their new home in Columbia. Contact us to see properties in Harper’s Choice and make it your choice too.