Moving to Columbia, MD: What's included in the CPRA fee?

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Home buyers interested in moving to Columbia, MD all have one important question at the top of their list:

WhColumbia, MD: Top 10 Best Places To Live in USat is the CPRA fee and what does it include?

Columbia, MD is a planned community in the heart of Howard County, MD which was founded by James Rouse in the 1960s.

It is made up of 9 villages - each with its own village center - and a town center (including the Mall of Columbia and Lake Kittamaqundi), and offers more than 3,500 acres of green space, almost 100 miles of walking/jogging/biking paths, lakes with fishing and boating piers, community centers, interfaith centers and a variety of recreational facilities.

Many newcomers wrongly assume that all of the above are included in the CPRA (Columbia Parks and Recreation Association) fee.

The CPRA fee is an annual charge based on 50% of the property values as established by the State Department of Assessment and Taxation. It is a lien that is recorded with the deed and is due in addition to the property tax and any subdivision HOA dues. It funds the association's operations as well as the town's amenities (parks, trails, tot lots etc.).

In order to enjoy the many recreational facilities (outdoor pools & swim center, athletic clubs and group fitness, golf clubs, tennis, skate park and ice rink) residents have to join the CA (Columbia Association). Although membership is not limited to Columbia residents, those could benefit from a discounted rate.

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Andrea...Columbia, MD sure has a lot to offer it's residents. The walking paths, parks, lakes and other facilities are very attractive features. This is great information for those people interested in moving to Columbia, MD. 

Jan 30, 2015 07:48 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Andrea, I've never been to Columbia MD, after reading your post, it's a place I would love to visit. It's a dream place to live, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities.

Jan 30, 2015 10:44 AM #2
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Many people are happy to pay the CPRA fee in exchange for all the amenities Debbie. There's practically a walking trail behind, in front of or next to each residence.

Plus the location Beth .. it's in between Baltimore and Washington DC. Let me know when you are coming for a visit, I'd be happy tos how you around.

Jan 30, 2015 11:10 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Just learned another new thing about your area.  Buyers are in good hands with explaining what is included in the fees and what isn't.

Jan 30, 2015 12:13 PM #4
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