Neighborhood focus Potomac, Maryland

Located northwest of Washington, D.C. is one of the highest-rated neighborhoods in Maryland: the suburban community of Potomac. While many neighborhoods outside of the Beltway feature a combination of homes and commercial venues, Potomac is largely composed of residential properties. This distinction gives the Montgomery County neighborhood a peaceful, quiet atmosphere. Many residents choose the area as an escape from nearby Washington, D.C.’s urban bustle.

Recognized as Offutts Crossroads in the 18th century, Potomac would not be given its current name until 1881. Named after the nearby Potomac River, the area was a destination for travelers and planters up until the turn of the 20th century. Like its neighboring Montgomery County communities of Rockville and Bethesda, Potomac experienced rapid suburbanization in the 1950s. The area transformed from rural farmland to a haven for residents seeking respite outside of Washington, D.C.

Living in Potomac offers residents access to the amenities of DC while still having a sense of privacy. Single-family homes are the most common housing option, with many featuring expansive greenspace. Numerous houses are styled in the French Chateau or “villa” feel, although architecture ranges throughout each community. While Potomac is known for its share of expansive properties, modern apartments and condos are also available for rent. Residents are attracted to the neighborhood’s family-oriented feel; many of the best public schools in the region are located in the area.

Despite being a relaxing neighborhood, there is still plenty to do and see around Potomac. It is home to one of Maryland’s most distinctive art establishments, the Glenstone Museum, which features a collection contemporary surrounded by nearly 300 acres of beautiful gardens and landscape. Great Falls Park is a favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring the Potomac River’s waterfalls and rapids. For hiking, there are a series of trails between the C&O Canal and the Potomac (including the famed Billy Goat Trail) that offer options from easy strolls to advanced hiking. Residents can also enjoy Falls Road Park (known locally as Hadley’s Park), an urban park with 20 acres of playing fields and picnic areas.

Potomac Village, a collection of shopping centers, serves as the heart of the community. There, residents can meet their everyday needs with grocery stores, banks, and more. As the only commercial area within the neighborhood’s borders, the Village has charming brick buildings and landscaping to stroll through. For more shopping options, residents are close to Westfield Montgomery Mall. The Bethesda mall provides a surplus of department stores and specialty retailers.

Situated along the curve of the Potomac River, Potomac is bordered by Interstates 270 and 495. Access to DC is readily available by car, with destinations such as Arlington and Alexandria still within easy reach. Route 37 of RideOn, Montgomery County’s bus service, connects at Potomac Community Center. The Metro’s Red Line serves communities located near Potomac.

If you are looking for a quiet, residential area with easy access to all that Washington, D.C. has to offer, Potomac may be the place for you. Please contact us today to learn more about our rental options available in Potomac.

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