4 Reasons to Rent an Apartment in Gaithersburg
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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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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