DYNAMIC AREAS THRIVE AROUND THE COUNTY
From vibrant urban districts to rural communities with wide open spaces and unique histories, MoCo has a neighborhood for you. Businesses are flourishing throughout the county, surrounded by an exciting arts scene, town centers bustling with activity, world-class dining and entertainment to spare.
Bethesda is a dynamic urban district brimming with vitality and new businesses moving into the neighborhood. With more than 200 restaurants, two live theatres, 20 art galleries, and some of the hottest shopping in the area, it’s highly desirable for both business and pleasure. Metro accessible, this fast-growing area is home to Marriott, the Bethesda Naval Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health.
Founded by a Scottish immigrant who built a railroad station in 1873, Boyds is an area with deep historic roots. There are also a variety of great natural settings including Black Hill Regional Park, Little Seneca Lake, and Hoyles Mill Conservation Park. It’s a growing, diverse community with commuter train service to Washington, D.C.
One of the area’s first fully planned communities, Chevy Chase is also among the region’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods. Their high-end retail shopping includes names like Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, along with specialty stores and restaurants. The National 4-H Conference Center is a local landmark of Chevy Chase, MD—not to be confused with the adjacent Chevy Chase area of Washington, D.C.
Just a few miles north of Germantown, Clarksburg has grown at a lightening pace from 400 homes in 2000 to 4,000 households recently. With its proximity to I-270, ample new housing, a new middle school and the future addition of a high-speed, express bus service, and new Premium Outlet Shopping Center, Clarksburg is rapidly becoming the next commuter’s paradise.
Located less than 15 miles from Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg is a major international hub for cyber and technology. However, residents still enjoy its small-town charm. The City Hall Concert Pavilion in the Olde Towne district serves as a venue for music, movies, events, theater and other performances. It’s a pedestrian-centric location, with modern housing and weekday passenger rail service to Washington, D.C.’s Union Station.
Germantown is a growing community of new businesses, neighborhoods and schools. The U.S. Department of Energy and the Biological & Environmental Research headquarters are located there. Sports and entertainment options are also available, including the Maryland SoccerPlex and the BlackRock Center for the Arts. Wide-open spaces of lush farmland like Butler’s Orchard and Button Farm are popular attractions.
The sound of a train whistle can still be heard in Kensington. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places—this town is known for antiques, art galleries, music, and its farmers’ market. On the edges of a vibrant business district, you’ll find beautiful 19th century Victorian homes in a prime location that’s just four miles from Washington, D.C., and two miles from the Capital Beltway.
Olney has a rich and colorful history as a community of artisans and merchants. Today, it’s bustling with easy access to both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Beautiful homes and shops blend in with museums, galleries, and a golf course. The landmark Olney Ale House is popular with the locals, and a quick walk across the street brings visitors to the award-winning Olney Theater Center.
Pike District’s commitment to local sustainability and environmental goals make it the perfect choice for socially conscious residents who still desire a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment and outdoor activities—all within walking or biking distance from work or home. And with its diversity of people and ideas, a new discovery is always waiting around every corner in Pike District.
Named for the nearby Potomac river, Potomac is predominately a community of either married couples or families with children. It is also a wealthy neighborhood, with an average household income more than $240,000. Residents are some of the nation’s most educated, and enjoy award-winning public and private schools.
Serving as the county seat, Rockville has been ranked among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by livability.com. Kids flock to the treetops in Rock Creek Regional Park, while adults enjoy the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre or a night out at the pedestrian-friendly Rockville Town Square neighborhood. Major IT companies also love Rockville, with access to business resources such as capital and talent.
Businesses find good company among the many ethnic restaurants, arts venues, concerts and festivals in Silver Spring’s vibrant, Arts & Entertainment District. The iconic Fillmore and AFI Silver Theater & Cultural Center serve as popular entertainment destinations—while companies like United Therapeutics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration make it their corporate home.
Designated as one of Maryland’s 24 Arts & Entertainment districts, Wheaton is both artist and business friendly. With close proximity to Washington, D.C., this diverse community is a popular choice among area professionals for its convenient location. It’s home to the beautiful Brookside Gardens and Wheaton Regional Park—along with great ethnic restaurants, hiking trails, and picnic areas.
Takoma Park is known as “Azalea City” because of the many Spring azalea flowers. Parks along Sligo Creek and Long Branch Creek provide bike trails and play areas for the community. Culturally diverse, the majority of its residents originate from Latin America or Africa—and can walk, bike, or take a short Metro ride to many popular destinations throughout the greater Washington, D.C. region.
White Oak, named for the Maryland state tree, is home to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Adventist Healthcare, a world-class medical center and hospital. Viva White Oak, a mixed-use community, is in development as a hub for life science research and discovery. Culturally diverse, White Oak offers a variety of ethnic shopping and dining options.