Gaithersburg, sitting in the middle of Montgomery County, is home to a wide array of neighborhoods, master-planned communities, and entertainment options. It is conveniently located close to the DC beltway and is bisected by Interstate 270, making it conveniently located for commuters to the city and surrounding business centers. It is also home to numerous businesses and government entities, including NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), which occupies a large campus in the middle of Gaithersburg that employs 2,900 individuals. With a population of 60,000, Gaithersburg is one of the largest established cities in Maryland and boasts a wide array of things to do and places to live and work.
Gaithersburg covers a large area, ranging from semi-rural neighborhoods adjacent to the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve to brand-new city-style condos and townhomes in the Downtown Crown neighborhood. Gaithersburg is also home to a couple of the most innovative master-planned communities in the state — Montgomery Village and the Kentlands.
Montgomery Village, located just to the north of Interstate 270, was initially developed in the 1960s and 1970s as one of the first master-planned communities in Montgomery County. It has numerous neighborhoods, each with its own distinct housing style from post-modern to classic colonial brick. Montgomery Village offers numerous parks and wilderness areas including the beautiful Great Seneca Stream Valley Park, which features a 7.8-mile long trail that follows the Great Seneca Stream, offering a respite from the noise and a great area to fit in a run, walk a dog, or take a relaxing stroll on your own.
Montgomery Village is in close proximity to Route 355, one of the primary thoroughfares in Montgomery County, which is lined with many stores, restaurants, and shopping centers. The proximity to Interstate 270, rural countryside and the Route 355 corridor makes Montgomery Village a great, centrally located option for settling down with your family. It is also located in close proximity to Shady Grove, an area with a significant medical community, making it convenient for family medical care options.
Montgomery Village is served by six elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools — Gaithersburg High School (2,400 students) and Watkins Mill High School (1,600 students.)
Just to the south of Montgomery Village is the historical center of Gaithersburg, the main street flanked by brick buildings that contain numerous restaurants, convenience stores, and small businesses. Known as ‘Olde Towne Gaithersburg’ the center of town is served by a MARC train station and has an air of still being a small town.
Across Interstate 270 lies the development of Downtown Crown/Rio. This is an area that is rapidly changing, with a large amount of recent development including many stores, restaurants, and recreational opportunities. It also has a large array of new condos, townhomes, and single-family homes.
Downtown Crown’s shopping district covers a couple of blocks that feature plenty of parking and stores including Lululemon, Sephora, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, and LA Fitness. There is a wide array of hip restaurants including Coastal Flats, Ted’s Bulletin, Old Town Pourhouse, Paladar, and Ted’s Montana Grill, among others. The shopping center right next to Downtown Crown features a large Harris Teeter grocery store as well as Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, which has perhaps the best selection of craft beer and wine in the entire county, if not the state.
Just a few blocks up from Downtown Crown are the Rio development, which is right next to Interstate 270 and features a large lake with a walkway all around it, a movie theater, a Dave & Buster’s, Barnes & Noble, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Kohls. It also hosts a number of restaurants, many of which are located on the boardwalk that lines the southern side of the lake. There are restaurants of every flavor including Yard House (American with a large beer selection), Nando’s Peri-Peri (Afro-Portuguese chicken), Tara (Thai), and Guapo’s (Mexican.) Rio is a great location to get some shopping done, then grab a meal before catching a movie.
To the northwest of Rio and Downtown Crown is the Kentlands, an award-winning master-planned community that truly feels like an old village. The Kentlands features a winding, tree-lined streets, wood-shingled houses, and ample green space. It also features a true Main Street, designed to be highly walkable, with a bevy of small retailers and restaurants.
Part of the appeal of the Kentlands is the unique and classic nature of the homes. Each home is distinct because the community used many different builders when it began development in 1988. This, combined with the more traditional style of homes on display in the Kentlands, makes the community feel much older than it actually is. Here, you can walk past brick federal style homes, wood-sided colonial style homes, and Victorian homes with rounded towers. Because the community was designed to be walkable, you can easily reach the main street from any area of the Kentlands as well as access the nearby shopping center, which is home to Whole Foods, Lowes, PetSmart, and Michael’s.
Additionally, the shopping center and the around it features a large number of restaurants including Not Your Average Joe’s, Bonefish Grill, Cava, Dog Haus Biergarten, Vasili’s Kitchen, and Nishiki Ramen & Sushi, among many others.
The Kentlands also hosts an annual Oktoberfest celebration, which takes place throughout the neighborhood and features many street vendors, food, drinks, and activities.
Students in the Kentlands attend Quince Orchard High School, a highly ranked school with excellent marks for graduation rates and AP course participation. Additionally, a new high school, Crown High School, is planned for both the Downtown Crown/Rio and Kentlands areas. Crown High School is slated to open in 2025.
Gaithersburg has excellent access to the outdoors as it is located just minutes away from the Potomac River and the C&O Canal, which provides excellent biking, hiking, and walking
opportunities. It also borders Seneca Creek State Park, a 6,700-acre park around a large lake in between Germantown and Gaithersburg.
If you’re looking for a diverse community with a large range of stores, neighborhoods, and proximity to the DC beltway region, Gaithersburg is a perfect place to settle down. Reach out to Darin today to find out about the availability of homes in Gaithersburg and begin touring today.
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