Garrett Park in Montgomery County, Maryland is a unique, incorporated town nestled quietly right in the middle of one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Living in Garrett Park lets you walk to a world-class concert hall in Strathmore, walk to the Rock Creek Park trail, and within minutes find yourself enjoying unlimited shopping and dining choices in Rockville, Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase, downtown Silver Spring, and Washington, D.C. It’s literally smack dab in the middle of everything. What’s great about living in Garrett Park is you can walk, bike, drive, or hop on the train to go anywhere. And while the 495-beltway and I-270 are less than two miles away, you can bypass them completely to go virtually anywhere you’d like.
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Montgomery Mall and the newly developed Rockville Town Center are also both within a ten-minute drive.
Yes, Garrett Park is a special place. And this is partly why there are few homes for sale in Garrett Park. The other reason is? It’s a small town.
There’s even one of those smaller hardware stores a mile away in Kensington. If you enjoy antiques, and unique shops, well – Kensington’s Antique Row is a straight shot two miles up Strathmore to Knowles Avenue. En route, you’ll pass the Kensington public library. It’s the kind of town that makes you want to slow down when driving through. And it’s difficult not to notice the unique mix of homes. Strathmore Avenue, the main and only road that dissects the town, is lined with beautiful street lamps. Turn right or left onto any of the side streets, and you’re instantly surrounded by large trees and charming, colorful homes.
Incorporated as a town in 1898, the town was named after Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O Railroad) President Robert W. Garrett. It was the B&O Railroad that sponsored the town’s start up. The railroad still runs through a back, wooded section of Garrett Park, complete with the only store in the town…a general store and restaurant (Black Market Bistro). Today, the train stop is now used by MARC train commuters, Amtrak, and CSX. And the Strathmore Metro station is only about a mile away too. Public buses also stop along Strathmore Avenue. So transportation options are wide open.
Garrett Park was designed as a planned community – to give the feel of an English village. Commercial development was limited then and now. The older homes in the community are primarily Victorian style homes, and are Garrett Park is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Today, it still has that English village feel with a few more amenities. There’s community pool, playground area, two tennis courts, and a basketball court for everyone to enjoy.
But it’s still the simple pleasures of this peaceful town that make it special. Like Porcupine Woods, where a wood chipped lined path provides a shortcut through a heavily wooded 2.5 acre preserve. Residents use this path on their way to the Post Office, Penn Place, the MARC station, or just to unwind and relax. And then an organic farmer’s market opens near the General Store by the train stop on Saturday mornings from May through November.
Take Strathmore Avenue west and you’re less than a mile from Rockville Pike-Wisconsin Avenue. Go east and you’re about a mile from Connecticut Avenue. Want to take a scenic route to DC? Then split the difference and use Beach Drive. You get all the benefits of city living without the constant noise and traffic. Literally a mile around the corner, heading north on Rockville Pike, is the White Flint area. A massive transformation continues to bring more and more dining and retail options. Whole Foods market is less than two miles away. And My Organic Market (a local favorite, smaller organic market) is just a handful more blocks away. Continue to head north and every kind of cuisine you can imagine is available, along with big and small retailers. Head south on Rockville Pike and within a mile after passing NIH, you’re in downtown Bethesda. And this is all with just a 5-minute drive or a few Metro stops. A few more miles on Wisconsin Avenue, and you’re in the Rodeo Drive section of Chevy Chase.
And the public schools for the area are amongst the highest rated; - From Garrett Park Elementary to Tilden Middle School to Walter Johnson High School, parents would be hard pressed to find a better K-12 education path for their children. They are all at rated above a score of 8 by Great Schools.org - As a private school, Holy Cross rests at the outer edge of Garrett Park just before Symphony Park at Strathmore – a small development of $1 million and up brownstones connected to Strathmore Music & Arts Center. - Drive straight across Rockville Pike at the end of Strathmore Avenue, and you’re now entering the grounds of Georgetown Preparatory School. Multiple other private schools and Montessori schools are all within ten minutes of Garrett Park.
Real estate and homes for sale in Garrett Park
The estimate median home value in Garrett Park for 2011 was $657,058 with a population of a little over 1,000 people. But sales in 2012 and 2013 pushed the current, average home price value well over $800,000. Obviously, with such a small population, the number of homes for sale on the market is limited. In May of 2014, there was a home with three lots (one buildable) going for a little over $1.2 million.
Garrett Park has a unique mix of homes. Many have been renovated, but the original charm and feel still exists. Most of the original homes did not have garages. Some homes have detached garages. Garrett Park is not a cookie cutter new development with every home looking like the next. Creativity, uniqueness, and old world charm define Garrett Park. And that’s why it’s such a special place to live.
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Listing information last updated on January 20th, 2017 at 4:45am EST.