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Living in Olney, MD

Once a sleepy outpost in rural Maryland, Olney has experienced a seismic transformation in recent years. Its premier location, just 25 miles north of downtown Washington, D.C., is partly responsible for the metamorphosis. Don't be fooled, however—this is not just a commuter town. Great restaurants, employment opportunities, on-the-doorstep parks, shopping, and culture make Olney, Maryland, one of D.C.'s most sought-after neighborhoods.

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Things to Do

Long-time residents of Olney, MD, rank the city's thriving theatrical scene among the best in the D.C. area. The Olney Theater Center on Olney Sandy Spring Road boasts several stages and presents a year-round calendar of productions, from mysteries and musicals to classical theater and experimental dramas.

Across the street from the theater sits a Maryland tradition, the Olney Ale House. A gathering place for decades, locals rave about the delicious food, on-tap brews, and modest prices. Foodies living in Olney, Maryland, are spoiled for choice, with options ranging from steakhouses to sushi and French to Peruvian, right in the heart of the community.

After eating your fill, head 13 miles west of Olney to the Seneca Creek State Park. Featuring 14 miles of creek-side walks, as well as boat rentals, playgrounds, and peony gardens, it's a picturesque place to stroll away your stress. Closer to home, Olney Manor Park is your one-stop recreation center, offering lighted basketball courts, skate parks, dog parks, and an indoor swim center in 61 tidy acres of parkland.

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Real Estate in Olney

Olney, Maryland, has been successful in maintaining its vintage character, while growing into a sophisticated modern community. Take a closer look at Olney real estate and you might uncover centuries-old pieces of architecture, such as the 1817 house built for the farmer who patented the first refrigerator, as well as newer-construction homes in the two dozen distinct neighborhoods that have sprung up around the village. You'll find variety here, with homes for sale in Olney covering just about every style and budget.

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Transportation and Travel in Olney

Fifty years ago, Maryland Routes 97 and 108 were used predominantly by farmers taking their produce to the outpost of Olney. Today, these routes are major thoroughfares giving easy access to commuters heading for downtown Washington, D.C. Public transportation is provided by the Maryland Transit Administration, which operates more than a half-dozen bus lines throughout the region. Many of them connect with the Metro Subway, Light Rail, and MARC Train service, for congestion-free access to the major commercial centers.


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What Locals Love

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  • A thriving theatrical scene brings plenty of performances to town including concerts, musicals, classic theater, and murder mysteries.
  • While dining options are aplenty, the Olney Ale House has stood strong against the test of time as a popular gathering spot for locals. Delicious menu items include burgers, salads, and super stacked sandwiches
  • For the nature lover, Olney Manor Park offers 61 acres of parkland to run, play, and explore. The park also features an indoor swimming facility, dog park, and skate park.


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