Maryland residents looking to experience suburban living at its finest would do well to consider purchasing property in beautiful Garrett Park, Maryland. Garrett Park is considered to be exceptionally livable, even in comparison to other affluent Maryland communities. It’s considered to be an ideal place for couples and families because of its low crime rates, high graduation rates, stable housing market, and extensive access to desirable amenities within city limits.
Like many of the towns and cities in the area, Garrett Park is located along the former B&O Railroad corridor that currently services entities like MARC and Amtrak. It was named for Robert W. Garrett, one of B&O’s former presidents for that reason. However, unlike many modern towns, Garrett Park was meant to eventually become a bustling community, as opposed to just another rail town, right from the beginning.
Business mogul Henry W. Copp purchased the location in 1886 with the intention to establish an English-style village with limited commercial development. (Multiple neighborhoods were even given the names of corresponding English neighborhoods.) However, Garrett Park’s ongoing growth would stagnate, especially once automobiles became the preferred way to get around.
Garrett Park is also notable for becoming the first United States zone that was free of nuclear weapons when a 1982 vote banned the transport, manufacture, and storage of nuclear arms within town limits.
Garrett Park is located just west of Kensington, north of Bethesda, and southeast of Rockville so residents enjoy easy access to several major locations – perfect for upwardly mobile professionals that prefer the peace and quiet of town life. Amenities located within city boundaries include 20 grocery stores, 20 dining venues, 10 coffee shops, and 8 parks.
Garrett Park is served by the Montgomery County Public School system. Nearby North Bethesda is also home to the Washington Japanese Language School, as well as a supplementary Japanese weekend school.
As is the case with most cities the size of Garrett Park, most residents commute via car or carpool. However, the city is serviced by ample bus lines and public transportation options as well, so there are many alternatives for those that do not drive. Additional transportation options are supplied via 2 airports – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport — and 9 Amtrak stations, all located within just 30 miles of the city’s center.