• Sarah Lipkowitz

Moving To Rockville, MD

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Rockville, Maryland is a small city just outside of Washington D.C.. Located along the I-270 Tech Corridor, it is very common for future residents to find themselves moving to Rockville for a new job. Access to public transportation, top notch restaurants, and shops galore are just a few of the advantages that make Rockville one of the most popular suburbs of D.C..

Commute. Rockville residents enjoy a number of options when it comes to commuting. Truthfully, this is one of the few times you’ll see the words “enjoy” and “commuting” in the same sentence in any of my blogs about D.C. area neighborhoods. The only other time would be if you happen to have a reverse commute. In this case, traveling north up I-270 to work in the morning will afford you just that. Otherwise, be prepared for traffic around Rockville and going south towards the District to be heavy. That being said, the second to last stop on the Red Line is in Rockville and many residents commute into Bethesda and D.C. on the Metro. I’m not saying the commute will be quick and painless, but living in Rockville gives you options at the very least.

Dining. There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in Rockville, though the standout cuisine is probably Chinese. Rockville is home to more than one of the best Chinese restaurants in the D.C. Metropolitan Area. These are some of the most popular restaurants:

Bagel City

Urban Hot Pot

Founding Farmers

Akira Ramen & Izakaya

Peter Chang

La Limena

A&J Restaurant

Silver Diner

Schools. Rockville is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. If you plan to send your children to public school, Montgomery County is home to some of the best public schools in the state. Visit Great Schools to read reviews. For parents that prefer private schools, there are also a number of private schools in Rockville including several Montessori locations. When it comes to higher education, Rockville residents have access to the Montgomery College Rockville Campus. The Rockville Campus is the largest and most comprehensive campus Montgomery College has to offer. Students can take credit or noncredit courses, work towards an associate’s degree, and take coursework for career training.

Shopping. Shopaholics rejoice! Many Maryland residents make special trips to Rockville just to shop. Along Rockville Pike you will likely find anything it is you are looking for. Rockville boasts all the big box stores and countless independently owned shops. Rockville Town Square offers plenty of restaurants and small shops while Congressional Plaza is home to favorites like Ulta, Fresh Market, Barnes & Noble, and The Container Store to name a few.

Residents also enjoy their choice of grocery stores. Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market, and Aldi are some of the big name stores, but there are a number of specialty markets as well. Rockville residents have access to Latin, Filipino, and European supermarkets. There are a number of Asian markets in Rockville including Lotte, New York Mart, and GW Supermarket. Not to mention the Japanese and Indian grocery stores.

Recreation. In Rockville Town Square there is a large outdoor ice rink, but there are plenty of other opportunities for residents to get active in Rockville. Lake Needwood is a 72 acre reservoir where visitors can go boating, picnicking, and hiking. Lake Needwood is also connected to the start of the Rock Creek Trail which runs all the way to the District. Many residents of Rockville and North Bethesda use the trail to commute. Check out Meadowside Nature Center and Croydon Creek Nature Center to see animals on exhibit, hike, and explore caves. Earth Treks Climbing Center is a popular destination for indoor rock climbing while Go Ape offers ziplining and tree top obstacle courses.

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