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Living in Gaithersburg, MD

Ideally located 20 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., the city of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a quintessential community for people who seek a slower pace of life but want to maintain easy access to the hustle and bustle of the nation's capital. Moving into one of the homes for sale in Gaithersburg will also put you near several historic and cultural attractions. Boasting excellent schools and lower crime rates, Gaithersburg is a popular option for D.C. workers raising a family.

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Things to Do in Gaithersburg

Living in Gaithersburg means you're never far away from a wide variety of restaurants and bars. In particular, North Frederick Avenue is a popular corridor for fast casual dining. The area north of the National Institute of Standards and Technology also has plenty of restaurants, breweries, and pubs, perfect for happy hour with colleagues or even a romantic dinner on date night. However, this part of town is less walkable than Frederick Avenue.

For a full day of fun in Gaithersburg, Maryland, visit the Rio Lake Front plaza near the confluence of I-270 and I-370. This commercial center is bursting with restaurants, retail stores, and a movie theater within a one-mile radius. It also hosts numerous special events on certain holidays during the year; for instance,the St. Patrick's Day Parade has been held at Washingtonian Center for well over a decade.

As a city with more than 200 years of history under its belt, Gaithersburg has several historical sites worth visiting. The Kentlands Mansion is a 19th century mansion that once belonged to the family of a prominent businessman. Today, it is available for tours and special events like weddings.

Gaithersburg, MD, also has several parks with recreational facilities for residents to enjoy. Bohrer Park stands out as one of the area's best options since it has diverse facilities that include a miniature golf course, water park, and pavilion large enough for about 225 people.

Blue Mercury in Gaithersburg, MD

Housing in Gaithersburg

There are several diverse neighborhoods to explore in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Most Gaithersburg real estate is located on the east and west sides of I-270. Communities on the east side have more historic roots and feature many 100-year-old homes; for example, the Olde Towne neighborhood has plenty of single-family and row houses that were built during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some areas on the east side of Gaithersburg, Maryland, are also registered as historic districts and limit new housing and commercial development.

The Gaithersburg neighborhood on the west side of I-270 showcases more modern homes, including the planned neighborhoods of Kentlands and Lakelands. These are primarily self-contained areas that offer a variety of housing, shopping, and employment options.


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  • In addition to fantastic shopping and restaurants, Washingtonian Center hosts special events throughout the year, including 5K races and kids’ concert series.
  • With its rich history and reasonable rental rates, Kentlands Mansion is a favorite among locals for weddings and events.
  • For fun in the sun, Gaithersburg residents head to Bohrer Park, which includes not only a paved path for walking, jogging, and skating, but also has a miniature golf course, water park, and skate park.


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