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Germantown, Clarksburg, and Boyds 

Germantown, Clarksburg, and Boyds border the Agricultural Reserve of Montgomery County providing the perfect mix of suburban convenience, excellent school systems, shopping opportunities, proximity to Interstate 270, and access to the outdoors. 45 minutes from downtown DC on weekends, and just 15 minutes north of Shady Grove on the Metro’s Red Line, these communities are a perfect place to raise a family and buy a new home

Darin Rich has a fantastic knowledge of this area and can help find the right home for yourself and your family, and he can also apply his familiarity with the area to help price your home correctly when you are ready to sell so you can get the best possible return on your investment. 

Below, find more information about each community in this area. 


Germantown is one of the largest communities in Maryland, with a population of more than 80,000. Despite its large size, the town is made up of many charming, friendly neighborhoods with a strong sense of community and an excellent school system. 

Germantown is bisected by Interstate 270, the primary thoroughfare connecting Montgomery County and Washington, DC. To the north of the interstate is Germantown’s largest shopping center, home to Target, Home Depot, Aldi, Best Buy, Walmart, Wegmans, and many other stores. A quick drive up Route 27 on this side of the highway leads to Damascus, a small town with a beautiful main street, a locally famous soft-serve stop (Jimmie Cone), and sweeping views over the Potomac River valley, taking in Sugarloaf Mountain, and in the far distance, the Blue Ridge Mountains. This quick drive up to Damascus will have you feeling like you are in a small town hundreds of miles from the nearest big city. 

To the south of Interstate 270 lies the center of town, home to a Regal movie theater, Top Golf, local restaurants including Mi Rancho, Beers & Cheers, Royal Bagel, Sabai Sabai Simply Thai, Curry Place, Mission BBQ, and many other eateries & stores. It is also home to the Germantown Public Library, a large space with an expansive space dedicated to children’s books on the first floor and separate teen and adult sections on the second floor. The library hosts weekly events for kids and adults alike. 

Germantown is also home to the premier soccer facility in Maryland, the Maryland Soccerplex, which features 21 natural grass pitches, 3 artificial turf pitches, a swim center, and indoor basketball/volleyball courts. The Maryland Soccerplex also has a large stadium which has been the home field for the Washington Spirit, the professional women’s soccer team that recently had US Women’s National Soccer Team star Rose Lavelle on its roster. The stadium also plays host to DC United matches during the US Open Cup competition. If you like to play in adult

soccer leagues the Soccerplex offers many different options and your kids have a wealth of local leagues to join and take advantage of the facilities as well. 

In addition to the world-class soccer facility, Germantown features many beautiful natural features including Schaeffer Farm Trails, a huge network of mountain biking and hiking trails, and close proximity to Seneca Creek State Park, the C&O Canal, the Potomac River, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Little Seneca Lake. 

Germantown’s school system is excellent, with two high schools and more than a dozen elementary schools, including the newly-built Seneca Valley High, the largest high school in the state of Maryland, which features 440,000 square feet of space, 14 CTE (career and technical education) programs, and expansive windows that provide ample natural lighting and a welcoming atmosphere. 

Nearby Northwest High School is consistently recognized as one of the top high schools in Maryland, with high graduation and college acceptance rates. With an enrollment of 2,650 students, Northwest High School offers numerous advanced placement and honors classes, American Sign Language, French, and Spanish classes, and consistently has student SAT scores above the national average. 

Germantown is a great location for commuters to the DC region, with a fantastic mix of great schools, diverse communities, and access to the outdoors. 


Just to the west of Germantown lies the more rural community of Boyds, with an appropriate town motto of “home in the country.” Boyds sits adjacent to the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve and has numerous zoning restrictions in place that ensure spacious lots and retention of its charming rural character. 

Boyds is the perfect town for a home buyer who wants to live in the countryside but be close to the city and major amenities. It offers dark, star-filled skies at night, quiet, tree-filled backyards, a small country store, and is just five minutes from shopping and restaurants in Germantown. 

The center of Boyds lies next to Little Seneca Lake, a gorgeous 505-acre reservoir that features many natural bays and coves, perfect for exploring either on your feet or from a kayak. A typical weekend will find the lake full of boaters and fishermen while kids skip rocks from the trails that follow the contours of the lake. The town is home to numerous natural surface trail systems that wind around the lake as well as through the woods to the south of town. These trail systems provide a welcome reprieve from the busy Interstate 270 corridor, providing opportunities to hike, bike, and even ride horses. It’s possible to walk for hours without seeing another person.

If you hop in your car and drive around the backroads of Boyds you’ll get to see beautiful rolling hills, corn-filled fields, views of the impressive, cliff-lined Sugarloaf Mountain rising to the north, and horses galloping in their paddocks. 

If you are a DC commuter, Boyds is ideally located. There is a MARC Station with numerous parking spaces right in the center of town where you can catch a train to DC’s Union Station, allowing you to sit back, relax, and work or read a book while you enjoy your stress-free commute. For car commuters, Interstate 270 is just a few minutes away, providing an easy drive into Bethesda, Rockville, Tysons, or DC. Just 25 minutes to the north on I-270 is the charming, historic city of Frederick, offering many diverse food and drink options, local artisan stores, as well as incredible access to the Catoctin Mountains. 

While Boyds has a rural character, it’s just minutes away from shopping opportunities including the Clarksburg Outlets, which features a diverse array of stores including Nike, Under Armour, Converse, Levis, Disney, JCrew, Gucci, Kate Spade, and many more. The big-box stores in Germantown are just five minutes down the road for groceries and everyday needs and the proximity to I-270 offers easy access to the shopping in Gaithersburg, North Potomac, Bethesda, and Rockville. 

Boyds is served by two Germantown high schools – Northwest High School and Seneca Valley High School. Both of these schools offer excellent educational opportunities, with Northwest being one of the top-ranked high schools in the state of Maryland and Seneca Valley High School being newly built, with state of the art features and a diverse student body from surrounding towns. 

Boyds is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to settle down with its vast array of trails, quiet rural home locations, a large lake, and proximity to more populous areas. 


Clarksburg, mostly situated to the north of Interstate 270 on the border between Montgomery County and Frederick County, is a booming suburban community with a mix of winding rural roads, farms, and quiet neighborhoods with beautiful, custom-built homes and an excellent school system. 

Until recently, Clarksburg was a rural town with a small central core located on Route 355. The original main street of Clarksburg remains in place with a local bookstore, a general store (Clarksburg Market), a yoga clinic, and a restaurant, Clarksburg Tavern. 

Expansive newer neighborhoods extend towards both Germantown to the southeast and Damascus to the north. These neighborhoods have been thoughtfully planned, with winding, quiet tree-lined streets, convenient boulevards leading to shopping centers, and plenty of parks for kids to play in.

Clarksburg is just a few minutes away from Black Hill Regional Park, a large park system with playgrounds, boat rentals, hiking trails, and picnic areas around Little Seneca Lake. It’s also home to another large wilderness area, Little Bennett Regional Park. At Little Bennett, you can explore natural and paved surface trails, rent campsites, and play golf at the public course in the park. 

Proximity to Interstate 270 is a major selling point for Clarksburg as the majority of the town lies within just a few minute’s drive of the major highway leading into DC. This provides easy access to Germantown, Bethesda, Rockville, Northern Virginia, Frederick, and DC. Just down the road, a short way is the Intercounty Connector (ICC) which offers a shortcut over to I-95, making a trip into Baltimore a quick drive on weekends. When you live in Clarksburg it’s easy to enjoy a night on the town in either DC or Baltimore, exploring the diverse dining and entertainment scenes in these major cities.

Clarksburg is served by Clarksburg High School, an excellent school with a 93% graduation rate and an enrollment of just over 2,000 students. Clarksburg also has several excellent Elementary Schools and many daycare and preschool options including the Goddard School. 

These three Upper Montgomery County communities, Boyds, Clarksburg, and Germantown, offer the perfect mix of access to the outdoors and rural environments with proximity to shopping and the DC Beltway. 

If you are interested in a home in these areas reach out to Darin Rich, one of the top real estate agents in Maryland. Darin has extensive knowledge and understanding of these markets and will be able to help you find your dream home and help you sell your current home.

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879, #200
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