For years, Howard County's real estate star has been on the rise. With easy access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., tons of great homes and a top-notch school system, it's a place that's easy to love.
How much: Median sale price in 2015
How fast: Median days on the market in 2015
How much better: Notable growth in the real estate market over the past five years
How much: $618,000
How fast: 35 days
How much better: The median home price has grown by 21 percent in five years, the largest increase of all the county ZIP codes. The number of homes sold in the area is 77 percent higher than in 2011.
Eastern Ellicott City (21043)
How much: $406,374
How fast: 28 days
How much better: Homes sell for 14 percent more than they did five years ago at the second-fastest rate in the county. The area saw 35 percent more homes sold last year, compared with 2011.
How much: $315,000
How fast: 34 days
How much better: The number of homes sold in the area in 2015 jumped 87 percent over the number sold in 2011. And those homes are selling twice as fast compared to five years ago.
How much: $445,000
How fast: 29 days
How much better: Area homes make some of the fastest sales in the county, with the median number of days on the market decreasing by 58 percent over five years. Home values have grown 13 percent since 2011.