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Frederick, Urbana, and New Market 

Frederick, the fastest-growing region in Maryland, lies at the feet of the Catoctin Mountain Range, the northernmost extent of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and offers a vibrant, small city atmosphere with a bustling downtown, a huge array of restaurants, cafes, and small shops, and fantastic access to the outdoors. Located 45 miles from both Baltimore and Washington, the Frederick region has been attracting young families for its fantastic schools, eclectic cityscape, and easy access to both large cities via Interstate 70, Interstate 270, and MARC Rail. 

Darin has a long history of helping buyers find their dream home in Frederick as well as helping sellers navigate this hot market and can help you find your new home or get the most value for your home if you decide to sell. 

Read on below to learn about each of these Frederick-area locales. 


Founded in 1745 and home to an estimated 72,000 people, Frederick is Maryland’s fastest-growing city and has a wealth of history to immerse oneself in. The city of Frederick was home to Francis Scott Key, writer of the Star-Spangled Banner; just to the southeast of the city lies the Monocacy Battlefield, a key Civil War battle site that today is memorialized with miles of preserved fields and statues commemorating the various units from both sides that fought in the battle. Frederick’s nickname, “The city of clustered spires” refers to the numerous old, tall churches in the center of town that make up its skyline. 

The city center is densely packed, with many blocks of row houses and old, federal-style brick buildings. Forbes Magazine named Frederick one of the United States’ greatest neighborhoods, highlighting the historic buildings dating from the 1700s and the beautiful Carroll Creek Waterway, a small waterway that runs through downtown and is surrounded on both sides by walking space, restaurants, artwork, and fountains. 

Frederick is a thriving community with a huge assortment of locally owned small businesses that fill the city center, providing opportunities to shop small for clothing, outdoor gear, indoor plants, coffee, records, books, antiques, home decor, and so much more. It plays host to a Single-A, minor-league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, the Frederick Keys, who play in a 5,000 seat stadium just outside of downtown. 

The city is ideally situated at the foot of Catoctin Mountain, an outdoor lover’s paradise with miles of trails, state parks, waterfalls, and beautiful fall foliage. The mountain, which extends through all of Frederick County and into Southern Pennsylvania, is just a few minute’s drive from downtown Frederick, making for a quick and easy outdoor escape.

A quick drive to the west reveals a gorgeous valley between South Mountain and Catoctin Mountain where you can feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the DC region and explore small towns like Middletown and Myersville. 

If you love beer and food, Frederick is the place to be in Maryland. Frederick is home to more than ten breweries, with numerous others nearby, and is widely regarded as the capital of Maryland’s booming craft beer scene. Some notable brewers in Frederick include Flying Dog, Idiom, Olde Mother, Attaboy, and Monocacy Brewing. Frederick is also home to celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio and his newest restaurant, Thatcher & Rye, which features his signature Goat Cheese Ravioli dish and many other delicious entrees. Walking down Market Street, the main thoroughfare of Frederick, you will find restaurants to fill every kind of craving from Tex-Mex to French to American casual and everything in-between. 

The city of Frederick is served by four high schools: Frederick High School, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Oakdale High School, and Tuscarora High School. Oakdale High School, located in nearby Ijamsville but serving some residents of Frederick, is consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in the state of Maryland, with a 98% graduation rate, tied for the highest in the state with nearby Urbana High School. 

Frederick is located exactly 50 miles from both DC and Baltimore, making it easy to go into either city for a weekend excursion or to commute to the region for work. Frederick has a MARC line from downtown that can take commuters all the way into Union Station into DC while Interstate 70 has 3 lanes open for traffic to easily get commuters to the Baltimore region in a hurry. 

If you are looking for a home that’s in a small city with tons of entertainment, personality, dining, and drinking options along with excellent schools, proximity to nature, and ease of access to DC and Baltimore, Frederick is the perfect place for you. Get in touch with Darin today to learn about available homes in Frederick and find your new neighborhood today! 


Urbana lies in southeastern Frederick County on the border with Montgomery County. Just off of Interstate 270, Urbana features a mix of suburban neighborhoods and rural landscapes. Quickly growing, Urbana is noted for its carefully planned community layout which includes many gorgeous homes with front porches where Boston Ferns hang, a diverse array of townhomes, and a walkable main street along Route 355, which is home to numerous small businesses and restaurants including Surf House (a west-coast/tex-Mex restaurant with a beach vibe), Pumpernickel & Rye (a delicious sandwich shop), and The Greene Turtle, a classic Maryland sports bar chain. 

Urbana’s location is well-suited for commuters as it’s just a couple of minutes from Interstate 270, the main thoroughfare between Frederick and Montgomery Counties and DC. Frederick,

just ten minutes to the northwest of Urbana, provides a vibrant, exciting small city environment where residents of Urbana can enjoy a night out at one of the many fantastic restaurants and breweries in town. Urbana is surrounded by farmland and hills, with Sugarloaf Mountain rising just to the south of town and Little Bennett Regional Park, in Clarksburg, just to the east. To the west lies Catoctin Mountain and the Monocacy River. 

Urbana is one of the faster-growing communities in Maryland due to its proximity to Interstate 270 and the DC region, its access to the outdoors, and it’s the incredible school system. 

Urbana Elementary, Middle, and High School are all considered some of the very best schools in the state. Urbana High School was ranked #10 in all of Maryland and #1 in Frederick County. The graduation rate of 98% matches nearby Oakdale High School for the highest graduation rate in the state. Preschool options for younger families in Urbana include The Goddard School, Urbana Montessori, Kiddie Academy of Urbana, and the nearby Green Valley Montessori school in Hyattstown. 

Urbana has fantastic access to the outdoors. Just a few minutes south lies Sugarloaf Mountain, which has miles of natural surface trails around its distinctive, cliffed peak. The mountain is enjoyed by road cyclists, hikers, and rock climbers who come from all around to scale the numerous rock formations and cliffs on its face. The surrounding farmland has plenty of quiet, narrow roads perfect for exploring peacefully on a bike, and Little Bennett Regional Park, to the east, offers camping and hiking opportunities. 

If you have a green thumb, Urbana has a fantastic community garden, the Stone Barn Community Garden, which offers its members an opportunity to grow vegetables on their own personal plot of soil. 

Perfectly located, Urbana might be just the community you and your family are looking to move to. Darin has an excellent knowledge of Urbana’s neighborhoods, housing trends, builders, and school systems. He can guide you to find the perfect home while helping ensure if you are moving, that you sell your current home for the best possible value. 

New Market/Lake Linganore 

Located just off Interstate 70 to the northeast of Frederick, New Market is a historic Maryland town with a charming, historic main street and a booming community built around Lake Linganore, a unique reservoir open to residents of the numerous Lake Linganore communities surrounding the water. Just minutes from Frederick and an easy commute into Baltimore, New Market is growing quickly and is one of the most popular markets in Maryland. 

The neighborhoods around Lake Linganore, a 209-acre reservoir with 13 miles of shoreline, have a distinctly different vibe from other neighborhoods in the area thanks to the proximity to the lake and the countryside. The area around the lake is very hilly and features a mix of new

and old housing. Many of the households in the neighborhood own golf carts to easily drive down the quiet, winding streets to the shores of the lake where homeowners can access a number of sandy beaches perfect for swimming, tubing, and kayaking. Lake Linganore is definitely a neighborhood where everyone knows their neighbors and invites them over for barbecues. 

Main Street in New Market is lined with old buildings and numerous antique stores for which the town is well-known, with the motto “Antique capital of Maryland.” Despite the many people who live around New Market including in the Lake Linganore neighborhoods, downtown New Market 

feels a world away from suburbs and the city with its quaint old buildings that led to the town itself being placed on the National Historic Register in 1975. 

New Market and Lake Linganore are served by Oakdale High School and Linganore High School, both of which are highly-rated, excellent school systems. Oakdale and Linganore both boasted 98% graduation rates in 2019/2020, with Oakdale ranked by US News as the #15 high school in Maryland and Linganore ranked as #21 in the state. 

If you’re looking for a quiet, down-to-earth community with fantastic access to Frederick, the Catoctin Mountain corridor, and Baltimore, New Market, and Lake Linganore are the perfect location for your family to relocate. 

Contact Darin today to learn more about Frederick, Urbana, New Market, and other surrounding communities.

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Darin Rich, Realtor
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Gaithersburg, MD 20879, #200
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Darin Rich Real Estate