Ten Reasons to Love Living in Frederick Maryland

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Frederick Maryland

Frederick Maryland is rich in history, surrounding nature, and culture, and charming both in it's people and it's architectural beauty. It's location is but one of it's perks...read about the other great reasons to buy a home in Frederick:

10. Frederick Maryland is a small city with the friendliness of a large town. Seldom do we venture out without seeing someone we know... often several people we know and share a smile. The city has a population of 65,000, and the entire county has 1/4 of a million. We enjoy all the amenities of a small city: museums, architecture, history, the arts, music and theater, as well as plenty of great places to eat and shop.

9. Frederick is located an easy hour's drive to Washington D.C. to the south, and the same distance to Baltimore, Maryland's largest city, to the east. We're never more than a quick trip away from the bustling big city, but far enough away to enjoy the peaceful country.

8. Half of the U.S. population lives within 5 hours of Frederick Maryland. Think about it... chances are that someone you know and love is an afternoon's drive away!

7. Frederick is within 4 hours of all the best getaways. Whether you want a weekend getaway or a day-trip, almost anything you want to do is within driving distance. Beaches, mountains, lakes, camping, hiking, skiing, museums, local and national history, train-rides, the U.S. Capital, lobbying Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, great shopping, taking in a show, boating, hiking, fishing, hunting, flying,...you name it! Several major cities are a quick drive away.

6. Frederick is a Foodie's Paradise. Several great and unique restaurants have found a home in our beautiful historic city. Foodies come from Washington and Baltimore, and many places in the region to have a fantastic meal, or a food tour. Check out my Google Map of great Frederick restaurants.

5. The Historic District in downtown Frederick is a 50-square-block treasure. Hundreds of specialty shops, museums, restaurants and beautiful architecture draw people from around the region to explore. The local merchants sponsor many fun community events, like First Saturday, and Movies on the Creek, to make the downtown area vibrant and fun. The Carroll Creek project runs through the center of the city, a linear park which is the jewel of the Historic District.

4. Recreation is a high value to the people of our community, whether it is in the beautiful parks or in the local sporting events. Frederick is surrounded by some lovely National and State Parks:

*National Parks like the Monocacy Battlefield, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Antietam National Battlefield, or the C & O Canal

*State Parks like Catoctin Mountain, Cunningham Falls State Park, Gathland, Greenbriar, or Gambrill State Park

*Frederick County has numerous parks and recreation facilities, like Carroll Creek Wildlife Park, Fountain Rock Park, Pinecliff, and Rose Hill Manor, and many more.

Frederick County is great place for active outdoor lovers!

3. Education is a priority to Frederick residents. Our public schools consistently rank in the top 5 of the state of Maryland. Our students test high among national test scores, both in yearly testing and in SAT scores. We have several private schools and two charter schools to meet the needs of our children. The University of Maryland has nearby extensions and we are proud of Hood College and Mt. St. Mary's University. Frederick Community College is one of the best in the region, boasting a superior nursing school, with some of the highest percentages of graduates to pass the state exam. Education remains a top priority in Frederick County.

2. Frederick is close to 3 International Airports, Reagan National, Dulles, and BWI, all within an hour drive. Frederick is home to a growing regional airport, where the Airline Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) international headquarters resides, and is close to two regional airports, Hagerstown Regional Airport and Gaithersburg Regional Airport. Travel to any part of the country or world is easy to Frederick residents.

And last, but not least...

1. Frederick Maryland is one of the most affordable and livable cities on the east coast. The cost of living and the quality of life in Frederick beats out any other location in the state...according to several publications. Frederick residents are proud of several awards and accolades, including:

2013: CNN's List of "America's Best Small Town Comebacks
2012: Named one of America's 12 "Prettiest Painted Places"
2010: Great Places in America: Neighborhoods
2005: "Great American Main Street Award
2002: "Distinct Destinations", by the National Trust for Historic Preservation
2001: Designated a "Main Street Maryland Community" one of two

I may be biased about our fair city and lovely county, but if I am, 225,000 people agree with me! Frederick is a great place to live, work and play.

The communities of Frederick County are laid out much like a wheel, with the City of Frederick as the Hub. Several cities around Frederick offer great living opportunities:

Mount Airy Md
Mt. Airy is located in the eastern corner of Frederick County, often called "the four corners" as it straddles Frederick, Montgomery, Howard and Carroll Counties. Mt. Airy has a small quaint historic center, surrounded by neighborhoods. It's proximity to Baltimore, Frederick and the cities of Montgomery County make it a prime commuter location. Homes in Mt. Airy hold their value, and buyers can find single-family homes, and townhouses.

New Market
New Market is a small historic city, the "Antique Capital of Maryland", located 6 miles east of Frederick on I-70. Nearby communities include the Villages of Lake Linganore, the largest private lake community in the state, and New Market Meadows, Woodspring and Orchard Spring.

Walkersville is located 5 minutes northeast of the City of Frederick, along route 194. North of Walkersville you'll find Woodsboro and Keymar, rural communities along route 194.

Urbana Highlands and The Villages of Urbana are newer planned communities in the Frederick zip code 21704. They are located 8 miles south of Frederick City on I-270. Urbana has some of the highest quality ratings for elementary, middle, and high schools in Maryland.

Brunswick is an historic train city on the Potomac River in the western corner of Frederick County. New Developments have sprung up over the last 10 years, and people are taking advantage of Brunswick's great commuter location and affordable prices.

Beautiful Middletown Valley is just 5 minutes west of Frederick on I-70, over Braddock Mountain. West of Middletown lie the small rural cities of Myersville, Boonsboro, and south is Jefferson. Many people find the beautiful countryside and rural areas are convenient to commute to places south.

Thurmont and Emmitsburg are small cities on I-270, north of Frederick City. The nearby beauty of Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park make Thurmont an the surrounding area a draw. Emmitsburg is the home of Mt. St. Mary's University, and lies on the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Frederick County is a great place to live in Maryland, close to working opportunities, recreation, travel, and all that Central Maryland has to offer.

To learn more about Frederick Maryland or to see Homes for sale in Frederick County, visit our website, Frederick Real Estate Online.

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I didn't know Frederick is such an easy drive from Washington DC and Baltimor. Thank you Karen. What is the median house price in Frederick?

The median home price is $280,000. The average single family home is roughly $340,000 and the average attached is about $234,000. We are seeing some healthy appreciation since 2013. Thanks for inquiring Armen.

Thanks for answering Karen. Greatly appreciate it. Glad to see appreciation is coming. How are the mortgage rates in general? Going up or steady compared to 2013?

Submitted by Karen (not verified) on
Mortgage rates are staying low, hovering around 4%. Considering the historical average is just under 8%, rates of 4% and 4.25% are incredible. Even if rates were to rise to 5% by the end of 2015, as many financial experts are prognosticating, that rate is still low.

Submitted by Arden (not verified) on
It's amazing to learn that half of the U.S. populations lives within 5 hours from Frederick, MA. Let's say someone is thinking to buy a house and move to Frederick, Ma. What jobs or industries are mainly available for the Frederick residents Karen?

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