West Friendship is an affluent semi-rural unincorporated community in western Howard County, Maryland. West Friendship is located at the junction of Interstate 70 and Maryland Route 32. 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. 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 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 on Route 97. 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.
West Friendship is located in the Howard County Public School District.