Small rural community maintains its suburban charm
First settled in 1714, Potomac was originally a small, rural community that served planters and travelers. It grew to encompass a few homes, plus a tavern and some general stores by the time of the Civil War, but its true growth came at the turn of the 20th century when residential structures started cropping up throughout. By the 1950s, Potomac transformed from a rural farming community to a suburban oasis. Today, many of Potomac Village’s original structures have been razed and replaced by strip malls and office buildings. Some old farmhouses remain sprinkled among the expansive properties that now dominate the land.
Large homes and expansive pieces of property are the hallmark of this Montgomery County town, which is dotted with multi-million dollar estates. But Potomac is not solely defined by its real estate. Here, you’ll also find beautiful outdoor recreation, quaint open-air shopping malls, and a culture that is steeped in history.
Quiet, suburban living and plenty of picture-perfect homes
Located about 14 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Potomac offers convenient access to the metropolitan area while still boasting a quiet and relaxing landscape. Primarily residential, the area also has its share of shopping and dining options. The Potomac Village Shopping Center is an outdoor mall with quaint shops, and nearby Westfield Montgomery Mall offers a variety of department and specialty stores. There’s also an array of dining options to choose from. Local favorites include MoCo’s Founding Farmers, a cooperative-grower-owned spot which serves farm-to-table-themed American fare; Gringos & Mariachis, which specializes in street tacos and tequila; Normandie Farm Restaurant, a locally-focused French-American fine dining establishment; and Lock 72 Kitchen & Bar, a casual spot for burgers and comfort food.
Affluent but also focused on an appreciation of nature
Private, peaceful, and prestigious, Potomac is also recognized for its focus on outdoor recreation. The Billy Goat Trail at the Great Falls of Maryland is a popular attraction for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. It features 4.7 miles of trails and a visitor’s center where you can purchase tugboat ride tickets.
The bustle of Washington, D.C
The bulk of Potomac’s residents may work in D.C., but they savor the seclusion away from the city. Instead of crowded streets and noise, Potomac residents enjoy sites like Cabin John Regional Park, an 8.8-mile trail for hikers and bikers, and Riverbend Park, where visitors can canoe down the Potomac River.
Large, single-family homes dominate
Homes here are predominantly large single-family residences containing three or more bedrooms, and most are constructed in the French chateau style. Townhomes and condo units are sparse, but there are some options available. Families investigating school options may want to consider Winston Churchill High School, a highly rated educational experience.
The quiet splendor and suburban seclusion
Homes here are tucked away from the noise of everyday life. Potomac residents will enjoy the ability to simply unwind in this quiet oasis.
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