Ten beautiful cities and towns in Montgomery County
Named for American Revolutionary War hero Richard Montgomery, Montgomery County sits adjacent to Washington, D.C. and is one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. The county features a number of distinctive communities that offer a diversity in lifestyles. Among them:
Desirable for both business and pleasure, Bethesda houses Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Lockheed Martin defense headquarters and Marriott headquarters, and amenities include 200+ restaurants and great shopping. The median family income is $175,000, and downtown Bethesda is an Arts & Entertainment District as designated by the State of Maryland.
Architects designed the town in the 1890s, and today Chevy Chase features interesting neighborhoods and successful companies. As one of the most affluent communities in Maryland, the median household income tops $200,000 and the median home price is $1.18 million, and high-end retail shopping includes names like Bloomingdale’s, Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Gaithersburg is a major hub for technology companies, yet residents still enjoy a small town charm. Livability.com ranks Gaithersburg among the 2018 10 Best Cities for STEM Workers, with one of every five employees in the community working in a STEM-related profession. The city also has a popular Olde Towne District with many shops, restaurants and businesses.
A growing bedroom community of Washington, D.C., Germantown is along the Interstate 270 Technology Corridor and ranks among the Top 25 Places to Live in America according to CNNMoney. The community is considered affordable with a variety of housing options, and residents have access to many shopping, dining and recreational opportunities.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kensington is primarily a bedroom community of Washington, D.C. and features a number of beautiful 19th century Victorian homes along with a thriving downtown antique district. Residents are privy to several scenic parks, and the Noyes Library for Young Children is nationally recognized.
Among the 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live according to Livability.com, Rockville is along the Interstate 270 Technology Corridor and features quality of life amenities like regional shopping centers, numerous college campuses and Adventist HealthCare. Nearly every home is within a short walk to a park, and many residents get involved in social and civic causes.
With many technology companies, Silver Spring is also home to campuses of Howard University and Montgomery College. Several parks and independent restaurants add to the community’s livability, and the downtown is designated an Arts & Entertainment District by the State of Maryland. Silver Springs also has a variety of independent ethnic restaurants.
A comfortable lifestyle is present in Olney, where the median family income is $140,000 and beautiful homes and a private country club enhance the quality of life. Cultural amenities include an impressive Woodlawn Manor Museum and an Olney Theater that was founded 1938, and residents have conveniences like six parks and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.
Nicknamed ‘Azalea City’ for its abundance of springtime flowers, Takoma Park has many green spaces and bike trails for residents to access. The city is culturally diverse, and nearly 75 percent of residents choose Takoma Park for its close commuter proximity to Washington, D.C. while also enjoying the quality of life aspects of Montgomery County.
Creativity is easy to find in Wheaton, as evidenced by its designation as an Arts & Entertainment District by the State of Maryland. Quality of life luxuries in this diverse community include several housing options, hiking trails, great restaurants, excellent schools and Wheaton Regional Park that includes a full athletic complex.