Alister Columbia


Mill Creek sold Alister Columbia in May of 2024. Alister Columbia, built in 1984, featured seven two- and three-story wood-framed buildings and a leasing office/clubhouse. This community featured renovated common areas, amenities, and apartment interiors.

Alister Columbia offered spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom homes ranging in square footage from 735 to 1,100. Community amenities included a swimming pool, clubhouse with resident lounge, fitness center, playground, and car care center. Renovated apartment interiors featured stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, backsplashes, and updated cabinetry and fixtures. Select homes feature vinyl wood flooring, and all homes offer washer and dryers, walk-in closets, and private patios or balconies.

Located at 8909 Early April Way, the community benefited from a prime location in a city that Money Magazine labeled the “Number One Best Place to Live in America” in 2016. Equidistant between Route 29 and I-95, Alister Columbia was within walking distance of the King’s Contrivance Village Center, which included a Harris Teeter grocery store, Starbucks, and several shops and restaurants.

Less than five miles north of the community, The Mall at Columbia was home to a bevy of local and national retailers, restaurants and entertainment options, including Whole Foods, Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Sephora, Bose, Apple, Lord & Taylor, Arhaus Furniture, Michael Kors, Lululemon Athletics, and AMC Theatres. Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was a 15-minute drive from the community. Interstate 95, U.S. Route 29, and Maryland Routes 100 and 32 were easily accessible as well.


  • Dog park
  • Ample parking
  • Carports available
  • Sprawling landscaped grounds backing up to open space
  • Pool and lounging upgrades
  • Clubhouse and fitness center renovations
  • Walking and biking paths
  • Awesome location in Columbia’s King’s Contrivance Village within walking distance to Starbucks, Harris Teeter and other retail
  • Top-rated Howard County School District
  • Less than one mile to I-95, and Routes 32 & 175
  • 10 minutes to downtown Columbia and the Mall in Columbia
  • About 20 minutes to BWI
  • Close to Johns Hopkins, Ft. Meade, and major employment hubs
  • 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom homes
  • Light-filled floor plans
  • Open kitchens with custom cabinets and quartz countertops
  • Stainless steel appliance package
  • Lighting and fixtures
  • Vinyl wood flooring*
  • Updated baths with quartz counters
  • Private porches and balconies
  • Ceiling fans*
  • Individual washer and dryer
  • Huge closets
  • Additional private storage
  • Fireplaces*
  • Wired for WiFi and cable

*available in select homes

Features at Alister Columbia


Located near top-rated Howard County School District.

Near Retail

All the shopping you could ask for was less than five miles away at the Mall at Columbia!


Alister Columbia featured a newly renovated fitness center.

1 BR / 2 BR / 3 BR

One-, two- and three-bedroom homes with private porches and balconies.

168 Homes

Offered 168 homes with open kitchen layouts and custom cabinets.