4 Reasons to Rent an Apartment in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg Book Festival

True story: Some 18,000 bibliophiles attended this year’s edition of the Gaithersburg Book Festival, which is held annually in May. (ShashiBellamkonda via Flickr)

Now it’s Gaithersburg’s time in the spotlight, the city nestled on the upper end of the I-270 technology corridor. With 60,000 residents, the City of Gaithersburg is one of the bigger incorporated (April 5, 1878) cities in Maryland.

I’ve spent a little time, either in or around the place, can’t remember exactly, but I know enough to say it’s nice, I like it, and while it wouldn’t be my first choice as of now (if I had a family, yeah, it would be near the top), I’d certainly live there without any major qualms.

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OK, OK, before I bury the place, here are a few reasons to make Gaithersburg your new home.

1. Convenience – If you’re a biotech worker, you can do very well here. If you’re not, you’ll still have all the amenities to live a good, clean suburban life. You got shopping (Lakeforest Mall); great recreation and leisure choices; I-270 to take you toward I-495 and the city, and even the other way, out toward Frederick; not to mention a MARC train stop as well. In fact, in 2012, CNNMoney.com ranked it the 23rd best place to live among America’s small cities, so I can’t be completely off the mark here.

2. Lakeforest Mall – Speak of the devil. Seems every decent-sized town or city has one, a mall. The suburban Maryland kind was even immortalized by David Byrne’s bittersweet “Hanging Upside Down,” from 1992’s “Uh-Oh” (and even better and artier in Frank Black’s mesmerizing “Hostess With the Mostest” on 1994’s “Teenager of the Year,” though the erstwhile-Angeleno was said to be referring to this monolith of retail out in California. See how much usele … err … interesting stuff you learn on this site?) Lakeforest Mall, which I’m almost positive I’ve frequented, sports a Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, J.C. Penney and plenty of other shopping and dining options.

3. Gaithersburg Book Festival – We’ve covered this festival a couple of times, and maybe we will again someday. It’s a youngin’, having only been around since 2010, but, says the site, has attracted “hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and songwriters from across the country to its quaint, park-like setting in the heart of Olde Towne Gaithersburg.”

4. Gaithersburg Arts Barn – OK, the county’s site is old, real old, and surely doesn’t do the Gaithersburg Arts Barn justice. A converted horse stable built in 1900, the Gaithersburg Arts Barn now houses four artists-in-residence studios, an art gallery, a 99-seat theater and the City Art Shop, where you can buy art from regional artists.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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