Are you looking for a close-in Washington, D.C. suburb with a rural feel? Look no further than Potomac, Maryland. Located on the banks of the Potomac River approximately 15 miles from the nation’s capital, Potomac offers large luxury homes with expansive lawns.
Potomac’s convenient access to Interstates 270 and 495 offers its residents a relatively easy commute to downtown Washington, D.C. and numerous Virginia locations. However, many residents end up moving to Potomac to enjoy an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown DC. Here are a few details about this unique community, including a brief history, summary of housing choices, and reasons why nearly 50,000 people call Potomac home.
Originally home to the Canaze Indian nation, the area that would become know as Potomac was known throughout the 1700s as Offutts Crossroads. In 1881, locals petitioned for a name change (since several other settlements around were given the name “crossroads”) and the town of Potomac was founded. Potomac experienced sustained growth throughout the early 1900s, and by mid-century it was one of many communities in Montgomery County to experience suburbanization. Potomac quickly transformed from a rural farming community to a suburban community from the mid-to-late 20th century.
Prospective buyers will find a variety of architectural styles throughout Potomac, including luxury estates, traditional single-family homes, and French Chateaus. Though occasionally available, Potomac offers homebuyers few townhomes or condominiums to choose from. Families with children are served by Montgomery County Public Schools, many of which are considered top in the state. There are also a variety of excellent private schools (preschool to grade 12) in the area.
The Washington, D.C. region is home to over 500 biotech firms, 2,000 life science companies, federal laboratories, federal agencies, world-renowned medical universities and centers, and plenty of funding and resources. Many of these businesses are located along the I-270 corridor, running alongside Potomac. Stretching from the northern areas of Bethesda up to Frederick, the corridor encompasses nearby Rockville and Gaithersburg. Top companies include MedImmune/AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Global Manufacturing and Supply, GSK Global Vaccines US R&D Center, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Abbott, Westat, and Thermo Fisher.
University of Maryland Baltimore’s BioPark is also located nearby.
The community has plenty to offer for residents of all ages, including easy access to outdoor recreation. One of the most popular attractions is the 4.7-mile Billy Goat Trail, located along the C&O Canal. Potomac Village Shopping Center is located in the center of town and offers outdoor shopping, top-rated restaurants and cafes, and specialty boutiques housed in elegant brick buildings.
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