Charming home of the week: a duplex in the Savage Mill historic district

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

The Savage Mill historic district includes the former cotton mill which was transformed into a vibrant shopping and entertainment district and is also home to many small (artsy) businesses as well as the housing that was built for its workers. 

Besides bungalows and colonials, you'll find several charming brick duplexes which originally comprised two floors plus a cellar, two bedrooms, and one bathroom on approximately 1,000 square feet. Many of these duplexes built in the early 1900s have been expanded over the years. A duplex with the original footprint will sell in the upper 200s whereas the larger models that now come with 3-4 bedrooms will run well into the 400s. 

The Savage Mill historic district is one of my favorites in Howard County, and - in my humble opinion - is underrated. Since it's much less frequented than historic Ellicott City, the pace in Savage seems a bit slower (which is lovely!). Its location is a great one for commuters, sitting halfway between Washington, DC and Baltimore, Route 32 and the 95 are minutes away and residents are literally up the street from everything Savage Mill has to offer: antique center, coffee shop, boutiques, the Dive Bar & Grille that took over the old Rams Head, plus there's Terrapin Adventures, ghost tours inside the mill, the historic Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge (the only iron truss bridge in the world), and trails that will take you all the way to Columbia's Lake Elkhorn and beyond. 

Homes in the historic Savage Mill district don't come on the market very often. It's best to keep a close watch on it if that is one of the charming Howard County neighborhoods, and registered historic districts, that you would love to come home to. 

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Andrea Bedard
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Comments (8)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - thank you for the introduction of another Howard County Maryland area.  Through your description and the photos of the historic Savage Mill district you have tempted the eye with its appeal. 

I think finding the undiscovered (or even underdiscovered) areas of a market is one of the things that makes real estate exciting.   

Dec 30, 2022 07:39 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Michael Jacobs! That is very true, being out and about discovering areas and neighborhoods that are not as popular or are hidden gems is exciting! The Savage Mill historic district was undervalued but it has been getting much more attention. I remember strolling through the Mill years ago and wondering why it was not hopping with more activity. It's such a wonderful place, beautifully rehabbed with much of the original charm retained.  

Dec 30, 2022 09:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Andrea, for telling us about this area.

Have a great day and a very productive week.

Jan 02, 2023 09:44 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you Roy Kelley! Good to see you, wishing you a happy and healthy new year!  

Jan 03, 2023 05:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, the Savage Mill District sure sounds like a place to be, with everything happening.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 05, 2023 07:59 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

It's one of my favorite neighborhoods Joan Cox! I'm going back tomorrow to shop at the Mill, have breakfast at the cafe, and take a stroll to capture more charming homes.  

Jan 06, 2023 08:38 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Absolutely beautiful home! Historic homes are just so charming. And you do a fantastic job selling the Savage Mill area to potential buyers and pointing out all the great benefits 

Jan 06, 2023 11:33 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you very much Lise Howe! I don't live very far away from Savage Mill and am there quite often. I am contemplating calling it home, waiting for just the right property.   

Jan 09, 2023 06:59 AM