A cosmopolitan habitat
One of Maryland's oldest towns, Rockville’s origins date back to Colonial America. The area has had many different monikers since the 1700s. Originally known as Hungerford's Tavern and then Williamsburg, the area was officially established as Rockville in 1801 because of its proximity to Rock Creek. The population here grew slowly but steadily before skyrocketing immediately following World War II, when the country’s suburban residential developments saw rapid growth. Today, Rockville is home to more than 60,000 residents and is considered a cosmopolitan habitat for those who work in the nearby biomedical corridor.
Considered one of the country’s top small residential cities, Rockville is at the heart of Maryland’s I-270 Biotech Corridor and serves as a bedroom community for many who work within that 15-mile cluster of life science corporations. With a bustling Town Square filled with restaurants and retail, this D.C. neighboring community has plenty of character of its own.
Intimate hometown feel with an extremely connected community
Filled with a well-educated and diverse population, Rockville has several established residential neighborhoods, each with its own unique features. The one commonality between all of these enclaves is a strong sense of community. Residents gather in the Town Square regularly for a host of annual parades, festivals, 5Ks, and more. Its growing commercial centers also offer a place for people to meet.
Tight-knit and neighborly, you’ll find highly educated business and tech types here
Rockville is committed to the connectivity of its neighborhoods and residents. While the strong business vibe here makes for a diverse population, there are many elements that pull residents together. At Rock Creek Regional Park, which stretches across 1,800 acres and includes two picturesque lakes, visitors can walk through 13 miles of woodland trails or go picnicking, fishing, or boating. In Rockville Town Square, there is a varied collection of restaurants and retail, and the Beall-Dawson Museum offers guests a glimpse at architectural history.
The commotion of the city
Rockville Town Square is a hub during business hours, but restaurants and other attractions close relatively early. Nightlife is quieter here, and you won’t find the bustle of the city. However, there are many noteworthy restaurants. Local favorites include Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge, a long-running local chain serving classic American dishes and cocktails; the Stanford Grill, a roomy, modern eatery featuring wood-grilled meats, fish, and American fare; Gyuzo Japanese BBQ, an authentic Japanese yakiniku style restaurant, featuring high-quality wagyu beef cuts; and Sushi Damo, which serves classic Japanese cuisine in a quiet, minimalist setting.
Plenty of townhomes and condominiums
While there are plenty of single-family residences in Rockville (over 11,000), townhomes and multi-family structures are dominant.
The suburban vibe and the value
A quiet respite from the city, Rockville offers sufficient value for homeowners interested in a reasonable commute and suburban lifestyle. An excellent school system, which includes the prestigious Georgetown Preparatory School, the fourth most expensive boarding school in the country, is part of this community’s charm.
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