The Village of Wilde Lake is the “historic district” of Columbia.  In 1967, ground was broken for Slayton House, the Swim Center, Wilde Lake Tennis Center and the Village Center.  Houses and apartment dwellings first emerged in the neighborhood of Bryant Woods.  Wilde Lake now has a diverse mix of housing, including single family homes, townhomes, condominiums and rental apartments.  Other neighborhoods in the Village are Faulkner Ridge and Running Brook.

Slayton House houses the offices of Wilde Lake Community Association.  It serves the community by offering a variety of classes and special events.  Slayton House is a unique community center building which features a 240 seat theatre, dance studio and juried art gallery as well as several meeting rooms.

A prominent feature in the Village’s landscape is Wilde Lake, a manmade lake created by Rouse Company.  Wilde Lake Park is part of the Columbia Association (CA) open space system.  CA also maintains the distinctive Barn and the Boathouse on the lake’s shores as well as a tot lot and picnic area.

A plan for redevelopment of the Wilde Lake Village Center was approved by the Wilde Lake Architectural Committee and the Howard County Department Planning Board in 2012.  It includes mixed use development with new residential buildings and reconfigured retail & office space.  Construction started in Summer 2013 and Phase I is scheduled to be complete late Spring 2014.