DYNAMIC COMMUNITIES 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 for business and pleasure. With more than 200 restaurants, two live theatres, 20 art galleries, and some of the hottest shopping in the area, Bethesda is metro accessible, offers a free circulator bus and a highly desirable business address. The fast-growing area is home to Marriott, multiple large IT and real estate companies, the Bethesda Naval Hospital, the National Institutes of Health and Bethesda Green, a nonprofit devoted to improving sustainability in the region.
Nestled along the banks of the Potomac River in between the larger towns of Bethesda and Potomac, Cabin John is a tight knit community of 2,000. Kayakers, paddle boarders and other recreational water lovers call Cabin John home, with walkable proximity to the C&O Canal and the Potomac. It also offers a bustling commercial center along MacArthur Boulevard, and the Cabin John Bridge is the only one-lane crossing left in Montgomery County. Like it’s neighbor, Glen Echo, Cabin John was a retreat for Washingtonians in the 1900’s thanks to a popular trolley that shuttled visitors in and out of the city.
Chevy Chase is built around Connecticut Avenue, a coveted address in the region. One of the area’s first fully planned communities, it is situated between Bethesda and Friendship Heights, and home to exclusive residential communities. The high-end retail shopping includes fashionable names like Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, along with many specialty stores and restaurants. The National 4-H Conference Center is another local landmark. The Montgomery County address is not to be confused with close by Chevy Chase of Washington, D.C.
In 2016 Clarksburg secured its spot on the retail map when Simon Property Group opened its Premium Outlets shopping center, with 90 name brand stores. The area, is just miles north of Germantown and growing at a lightening pace from 400 homes in 2000 to 4,000 households in the most recent census. With its proximity from I-270, ample new housing, a new middle school and the future addition of a high-speed express bus service, Clarksburg is rapidly becoming the next commuter’s paradise. Clarksburg was the last large-scale, planned community allowed by the County in 1964, to protect the prized Agricultural Reserve.
The I-270 corridor of Gaithersburg is a magnet for cyber, tech and biohealth companies, along with the federal presence of the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is the renowned NCCoE, a collaborative hub addressing today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges. Fast-growing Gaithersburg is also home to popular mixed-used communities including the RIO Washingtonian Center and downtown Crown, both premier shopping and dining destinations.
A fast growing community, many new businesses, commercial centers, neighborhoods and schools are popping up. Home to the administrative arm of the U.S. Department of Energy and headquarters for its Biological and Environmental Research, Germantown has many IT and biohealth companies. Sports and entertainment are well covered with the BlackRock Center for the Arts and the Maryland SoccerPlex. Wide open spaces for lush farmland is part of the appeal, including the popular Butler’s Orchard and Button Farm.
The town of Glen Echo is one of Montgomery’s oldest communities. The Baltzley brothers originally purchased the land along the Potomac River just outside the D.C. border in the late 1800’s. A train from the city provided easy access and the natural greenery along the Potomac was an attraction. The Glen Echo amusement park was a popular and accessible getaway for D.C. residents for decades. After closing in 1968, the National Park Service revitalized the area with year-round arts activities in dance, theater, textiles, and puppetry. The Irish Inn is a popular spot just steps from the Park.
Olney has a rich and colorful history, established in the early 1800s as a community of artisans and merchants. Today, Olney is bustling with easy access to both Baltimore and D.C. Historic homes and shops blend in with museums and galleries. 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. MedStar Montgomery Medical Center resides in Olney, along with golf courses and a large swim center.
With spires that rise majestically skyward, the castle-like Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marks the spot as Kensington. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kensington is known for its antiques row district, art galleries, music and a renowned farmers’ market. On the edges of a vibrant business district, find beautiful 19th century Victorian homes. A prime location just 4 miles from D.C. and 2 miles from the Capital Beltway.
One of the most affluent communities in the U.S. with a highly educated population, Potomac has many small business shopping centers with upscale retail establishments, restaurants, scenic views and residential neighborhoods. Find the beautiful C&O Canal National Historic Park with riding, running and biking trails, along with TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, a private golf course that hosts major tournaments. A horse siting and crossing is not out of the question, as Potomac has several equestrian centers.
The county seat of Montgomery, Rockville recently ranked among the “Top 100 Best Places to Live,” per livability.com. Major companies in IT and biohealth call Rockville home, along with BioHealth Innovation, an innovation intermediary which connects life science companies to capital, talent and information. Theater buffs enjoy the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, kids flock to Adventure Park, and many enjoy the restaurants and entertainment at the walkable communities of Pike & Rose and Rockville Town Square.
Discovery Communications and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) join healthcare and biohealth companies, including United Therapeutics, to make Silver Spring their headquarters. A vibrant urban district, businesses find good company among many ethnic restaurants and arts venues. A center for entertainment, the Fillmore and AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center are situated on the same block. With metro and easy proximity to D.C. and Bethesda, Silver Spring is a magnet for business success.
An original main street runs through Takoma Park with a unique blend of specialty retail and ethnic restaurants, many locally owned and independent. One of the area’s first commuter suburbs due to its proximity to the nation’s capital, Takoma Park dates back to 1883 with a historic business district, while also embracing its progressive values and ethnic and cultural diversity. Annual festivals and events contribute to the vibrant and growing business environment, supported by an active business association.
Designated one of the state’s 24 Arts & Entertainment districts, Wheaton is an ethnically-diverse, artist-friendly area that’s also business friendly with its metro accessible and close to D.C. location. Well-known for valuing cultural diversity, Wheaton is home to the beautiful Brookside Gardens and an incredible array of ethnic restaurants and activities. Wheaton Regional Park features a carousel, mini-train and great hiking and picnic areas. Wheaton is a welcoming community to entrepreneurs and small businesses.
White Oak, named for the Maryland state tree, is home to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and surrounded by a growing biotech hub in the area. A culturally diverse community, White Oak offers flavors of the world at its many ethnic restaurants. In exciting news, Viva White Oak is in the planning, a walkable, mixed-use community slated to become a great hub for life sciences research and discovery, strategically located next to FDA. Also in the works, Adventist Healthcare is building a world-class hospital, in the same location.