Moving To Gaithersburg, MD
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
I’ve written articles about a number of other locations along the I-270 corridor. Bethesda, Rockville, and Germantown are all excellent places to live, but I feel Gaithersburg is a great area and terribly underrated among commuters and Montgomery County residents.
Dining. Gaithersburg has a lot to offer when it comes to dining. There are newer mixed-use plazas like Downtown Crown and RIO Lakefront that are home to restaurants like Coastal Flats, Paladar, and Cinnaholic. Personally, I love some of the cheap eats available in Gaithersburg like Taco Bar and Sardi’s Pollo A La Brasa. Here are some other restaurants worth checking out:
Commute. Gaithersburg is gaining in popularity given its location and relative affordability. Sandwiched between Germantown and Rockville along I-270, Gaithersburg is an excellent choice for commuters. I-270 is a popular route for commuters going northbound, but if you are headed towards the District, you should expect heavy traffic. Fortunately, Shady Grove Metro is nearby and the MARC train stops in Gaithersburg during the week. Commuting to East County is also more manageable than it once was with the addition of MD-200 which spans from Gaithersburg to Laurel. Learn more about getting around in Gaithersburg here.
Housing. Montgomery County is notoriously expensive, but Gaithersburg is a relatively affordable area. According to Zillow, the typical home value is $407,355 which is about 124K less than the typical home value in the neighboring city of Rockville. Regardless of whether you prefer a single-family home, townhouse, or condo, you will be able to find any of the above in Gaithersburg at a price more competitive than most other parts of the Montgomery County can offer.
Shopping. Gaithersburg has long had plenty of shopping between the Lakeforest Mall and the big box stores along Frederick Avenue. However, recent years have seen the addition of the aforementioned RIO Lakefront and Downtown Crown which give residents even more options. It is also worth noting that Gaithersburg boasts a wide array of grocery stores. Favorites like Whole Foods, H-Mart, 99 Ranch Market, and Gemelli’s Italian Market make Gaithersburg appealing to home cooks and pre-prepared food aficionados alike.
Entertainment. Since I am writing this during a pandemic, it goes without saying that entertainment has changed drastically this year. However, Gaithersburg has a number of incredible venues worth writing about. Some are open with restrictions and others are closed for now, but hopefully, when the pandemic is under control residents will be able to take full advantage of all the entertainment Gaithersburg has to offer. The city offers a number of events throughout the year. Arts On The Green is hosted by Kentlands Mansion and the Arts Barn. Each year, they host the Jubilation Day gospel concert in addition to jazz concerts, singer-songwriter concerts, and workshops. Check out the Special Events page of the Gaithersburg website to learn more about annual events, parades, and festivals. Besides annual events, there are also a few year-round draws:
Recreation. Gaithersburg has a large number of parks available to residents for events and sports. Unsurprisingly, RIO is also home to some popular recreation in Gaithersburg. The Lakefront has a carousel, paddle boats, playgrounds, and a walking path. Another favorite is Bohrer Park which features trails, a water park, a skate park, ponds for fishing, and a mini golf course. Here are some other popular attractions:
Gaithersburg has a lot to offer residents and has truly been underrated for some time. With its close proximity to commuter routes and some of the area’s largest employers, it is unsurprising that the community has become more popular in recent years.