Ideally located close to Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway, Rockville is a diverse, large community featuring a well-developed downtown district, numerous quiet neighborhoods, some of the top schools in Maryland and the U.S., and many shopping and dining options. If you work in the DC region, Rockville is the perfect place to get away from the busy inner beltway while still being in close proximity to the city, public transit options, and major airports.
Rockville is the county seat of Montgomery County, and has a population of roughly 61,000, making it one of the largest communities in Maryland. Because of its position as the seat of county government, it is home to numerous government buildings and the county courthouse.
Route 355, which extends from Wisconsin Avenue in DC all the way up to Frederick, is the primary thoroughfare of the city and home to many of Montgomery County’s largest shopping centers. Route 355 offers a quick and convenient route into Bethesda, DC, and points north. Additionally, commuting is simplified by the ease of access to Interstate 270, which is just five minutes from downtown Rockville, and the Capital Beltway, which is ten minutes south of Rockville. Rockville also is home to several red line metro stops, offering a convenient means of getting into the city for work, dining, or entertainment without having to deal with traffic.
Rockville is also located close to several major airports including Reagan National Airport (25-35 minutes away), BWI (35-45 minutes), and Dulles International Airport (30-45 minutes.) Having access to so many different airports provides the opportunity to find alternate routes and price options for flights, to both national and international destinations.
Rockville has a long and diverse history since it’s initial settlement in 1717. The famed writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of The Great Gatsby) and his wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, are buried in Rockville and their burial place is a pilgrimage site for fans of his work. The Confederate Army, on its march north to Gettysburg, occupied Rockville with 8,000 troops under the command of General J.E.B. Stuart. Rockville is home to numerous historic register homes and structures, reflecting its long history as an important governmental and commercial center in the DC region.
Residents of Rockville have a wealth of entertainment and dining options to keep things interesting and fun. Downtown Rockville is home to Rockville Square, a shopping and dining district that features restaurants such as World of Beer, Pour Vino ‘n Hops, Vie de France, Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub, and La Canela, among many others. The town center also features a seasonal ice rink for skating under the lights on winter evenings before grabbing a bite to eat.
The new development Pike & Rose, located near North Bethesda, offers a beautiful and walkable shopping district centered around REI, L.L. Bean, West Elm, and numerous restaurants including Pinstripes, Fogo de Chao, and Owen’s Ordinary. Additionally, numerous other shopping centers line Route 355, providing a wide variety of stores suiting every need from tennis supplies to jewelry to electronics, cars, and more.
Beer enthusiasts will find plenty to love in Rockville, which features several microbreweries offering a variety of styles. True Respite, located off of Gude Drive, has a fantastic brewery space and features styles such as hazy IPAs, hefeweizens, brown ales, lagers, pilsners, sours, and more. Saints Row Brewing, located near the intersection of Gude and Norbeck, is another brewery offering a wide selection of styles and a taproom featuring a great indoor space as well as a fun outdoor space during nice weather. Finally, there is 7 Locks Brewing, which was founded in 2015 and occupies a 7,200 square foot warehouse space near downtown Rockville.
If sports and outdoor activity are your thing, Rockville is ideally located, with access to many golf courses, parks, and trails. Rock Creek Regional Park, located just east of downtown Rockville, stretches across 1,800 acres of woodland and includes 75 and 55 acre lakes. There are more than 13 miles of natural and paved surface trails winding through the park, perfect for biking, hiking, walking, or running. Rock Creek Regional Park even includes an archery range for those looking to test their skills with a bow and arrows. In addition to Rock Creek Regional Park, Rockville is home to numerous golf courses including Woodmont Country Club, Manor Country Club, Needwood Golf Course (located at Rock Creek Regional Park), and Lakewood Country Club.
Rockville is also located just minutes from the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, a large swath of the country that is intended to preserve the farms and original rural character of the county. This region provides fantastic opportunities for bike rides, quiet country drives, scenic views, and numerous wineries and breweries with outdoor entertaining space. And if you are itching to walk along a river, the Potomac River and C&O Canal Trail is about 20 minutes away, through the village of Potomac.
For families with kids, Rockville offers an excellent school system, including some of the most sought-after public schools in Maryland. Rockville’s high schools include Thomas Wootton High School (#3 in Maryland), Walter Johnson High School (#5 in Maryland) and Richard Montgomery High School (#14 in Maryland.) These highly-sought after schools offer a diverse array of educational and recreational opportunities for students and are known for setting up their students for college and post-graduate success. Rockville is also home to one of the premier special needs schools in the United States, Ivymount School, which has roughly 200 students and a 5:1 student to teacher ratio.
Darin has a wealth of knowledge about the housing in the area and can help find everything from a starter home to a fixer-upper to a dream home. If you’re looking to move to Rockville, reach out to Darin for expert guidance and advice. You’ll be settling into your new place in no time!
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