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Just 30 miles northwest of the White House, along the interstate 270 technology corridor, lies the vibrant and blossoming suburban community of Germantown, Maryland.

The town’s name was derived in the early 1800s because of the thick German accents of a handful of merchants who set up their shops at the intersection of rt 118 and Clopper road. Today, Germantown is becoming well known for many other reasons — so much so that CNN Money named this area one of the top 25 best places to live in America.

What makes Germantown so desirable?

From a practicality standpoint, the town’s easy accessibility to downtown DC is crucial. In addition to its three exits along I-270, Germantown also features its own stop on the MARC train, a local commuter rail, as well as a regional transit center where buses easily connect commuters to the Shady Grove station on Metro’s Red Line.

Affordability is another key feature of this town’s popularity. Germantown offers residents a variety of lifestyles in a wide range of prices, giving everyone a chance to afford more for less. From multi-bedroom garden style apartments with pools and bike paths; to townhouses backing to trees and lakes; to single family homes, every category is available in every price range — and all for significantly less than what the same home would cost just 10 or 15 miles closer in to the city.

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Germantown has seen tremendous growth in recent years, part of a larger trend of expansion of the entire DC metropolitan region. The good news is that as this area’s population has blossomed, its community amenities have, as well. Germantown boasts a world-class professional-level soccer facility and diving pool, a town center with a new library, an arts center, and a myriad of restaurants, and the area’s only freestanding emergency room. Residents may choose from a remarkable array of top physician practices, and an impressive — and constantly growing — variety of retail options.

But the allure doesn’t end there.  Germantown is surrounded by more than its fair share of beautiful state parks featuring lakes and plentiful recreational areas. These natural resources are a year-round draw, hosting not just warm weather fun but popular seasonal events like the Germantown Octoberfest and a winter holiday lights celebration. Several historic family-owned farms in and around Germantown offer fruit picking, spring egg hunts, and elaborate fall pumpkin festivals that draw families from all over the DC area.

The simple fact is that Germantown has evolved into a rich community with an enviable mixture of affordability, accessibility, and a wealth of resources.

If you want to experience the best of a suburban lifestyle, this might be the place for you.

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