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West Friendship is an affluent semi-rural unincorporated community in western Howard County, Maryland. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the mean family income was $176,363 in 2011, one of the highest in Maryland.
Like many small communities in Howard County, West Friendship developed slowly as settlers moved west. Strict zoning regulations have largely limited sprawl and preserved the community’s bucolic character. Large farms and historic homes still cover the area’s gently rolling hills and many farms remain inhabited by descendants of the earlier aristocratic families. Wide expanses of farmland, meadows, woods and parks abound. However, as with most areas within an hour’s drive of the Baltimore-Washington corridor, West Friendship is seeing a steady rise of residential development. Suburban subdivisions, many with 4000+ square-foot homes on 1+ acre lots, are becoming increasingly common. Homes in the community are among the most highly sought after in the Baltimore area. In 2012, West Friendship was ranked as the most expensive suburb in the Baltimore metropolitan area according to the Baltimore Sun. In the newer subdivisions, homes commonly sell for over $1 million.
The Howard County Fairgrounds is located on Route 144 in West Friendship, and is the home of the annual Howard County Fair and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. The community is close to several parks. West Friendship Park offers hiking and nature walks. Western Regional Park offers a large children’s playground and several sports field. The Willow Springs Golf Course and the Cattail Creek Golf Course and Country Club cater to many of the community’s affluent residents. Senior activities can be found in the Glenwood Community Center. The community has a small shopping center which houses the West Friendship branch of the US Post Office, banks, several restaurants and stores, medical offices, and a gas station.
There are no schools near by this property.