|Much like her sister city Germantown, Gaithersburg residents are primarily people that commute to work in the DC. area. The close proximity to the nations capital makes this a prime spot to look for Gaithersburg real estate and homes for sale. An effect of this proximity is seen in the diverse and active community of over 50,000 residents.
Gaithersburg enjoys a strong economy, with local industry as well. Major economic activities are biotechnology, telecommunications, and software development. Many of these activities are related to Federal Government contracts. Because of Gaithersburg's proximity to the Nation's Capital and these major industries, the City hosts many visitors, both foreign and domestic.
The city is very involved with the residents. Throughout the year, the City sponsors many cultural events. During the spring and summer months, the City Hall Pavilion is busy with musical and theater groups, movies, and other special events. Art exhibits are located in various City facilities year round.
Another city sponsored activity is Olde Towne Gaithersburg Day where residents gather on the streets of the City's Olde Towne district to enjoy good food, arts and crafts, and a variety of family entertainment while celebrating the City's heritage. Other activities is the Winter Lights, an extraordinary light display held in partnership with Seneca Creek State Park. To celebrate the holidays, people from all over come to see hundreds of holiday images created by colorful lights along a 3.5 mile drive.
Gaithersburg covers a relatively large geographical area, with many real estate communities outside the city limits. Originally farm land, development began in the area now referred to as Montgomery Village in the eastern area of Gaithersburg. In 1966 the first residental area was developed on a 412 acre area that had been a farm owned by the Walker family. Currently the Montgomery Village area is home to 40,000 homes.
In the western sections of Gaithersburg is an area south of Route 28, known as North Potomac. This area is home to some of the most wooded real estate and home sites in the county. Quiet communities surrounded by parks and nature trails, this area has become very popular. It is also home to some of the best schools, not just in the area, but the nation as well! Lastly, the Kentlands and Lakelands communities were developed in the heart of Gaithersburg on a former farm estate dating back to 1723. Kentlands has become a nationally recognized area for its mix of architecture, pedestrian-friendly environment. and shopping.
Gaithersburg is a fiscally responsible City that has not incurred any bond debts since 1963. It has a pay-as-you-go financial philosophy that allows the City to enjoy a prosperous economic status. Taxes on citizens of the City have remained the same for more than 30 years, making Gaithersburg an attractive place to live.
The City logo, an oak tree encircled by a green "G," reflects the small-town ambiance of Gaithersburg and the importance of trees in its past and present, representing a constant in Gaithersburg's metamorphosis from country village to urban community. It has been recognized as a "Tree City USA" since 1986. If your looking for a place to buy real estate that is a safe town to raise a family, Gaithersburg is the place to be.