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Damascus Real Estate Analysis

Geography

As an unincorporated area, Damascus’ boundaries are not officially defined. Damascus is recognized by the United States Census Bureau as a Census-designated Place, and by theUnited States Geological Survey as a populated place located at 39°16′16″N 77°12′22″W (39.271040, -77.206098).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the place has a total area of 9.6 square miles (25 km2), all of it land.

 

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,430 people, 3,710 households, and 3,079 families residing in the area. The population density was 1,187.5 people per square mile (458.7/km²). There were 3,773 housing units at an average density of 392.0/sq mi (151.4/km²). The racial makeup of the area was 89.66% White, 6.63% African American, 0.24% Native American, 2.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.28% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.31% of the population.

There were 3,710 households out of which 52.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 13.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the area, the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.

The median income for a household in the area was $71,447, and the median income for a family was $76,462. Males had a median income of $51,590 versus $38,731 for females. Theper capita income for the area was $26,659. About 4.2% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over.

 

History

The area currently known as Damascus was granted by the new state of Maryland to Nathaniel Pigman in 1783. On February 14, 1819, War of 1812 veteran named Edward Hughes bought a 40-acre (160,000 m2) section of the grant and began subdividing lots for sale. James Madison, the fourth U.S. President, appointed Hughes postmaster of the developing community of Damascus in 1816.

Damascus is located at the intersection of two major roads in upper Montgomery County, Ridge Road (currently Rt. 27) and Damascus Road (currently Rt. 108). Hughes received permission from Congress for a postal route through town. Hughes called his town “The Pleasant Plains of Damascus” after Damascus, Syria. A newspaper in Frederick, Maryland, wrote of Hughes’s growing town: “There is at this place an extensive opening for mechanics of all the different kinds, and it bids fair to improve very fast; … There is at present two blacksmith shops, a saddler’s shop and a store in the place — a tailor, a wheel wright, and a shoemaker are much wanted, and would meet with great encouragement.” This was the Damascus of 1816. The new township drew settlers from Anne Arundel County as well as from Montgomery County. On September 12, 1862, U.S. Federal troops marched through the “village” of Damascus via what is now Route 27 on their way to the town of Sharpsburg, where they engaged Confederate troops commanded by General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Antietam.

The town was incorporated from 1890 to 1914, when the townspeople requested the incorporation be withdrawn so that Old Quaker Road, used since Revolutionary times and before, could be paved into a state highway. The town remains a commercial center for rural communities like Clagettsville, Browningsville, Cedar Grove, Woodfield, King’s Valley, Purdum, and Lewisdale, although it is more developed today.

In spite of spiraling population growth and encroaching urban development, old timers feel like Damascus retains its rural, small-town character. The Damascus Community Fair — a fully agricultural fair that has been in operation since 1940—attracts thousands of visitors annually in the first weekend of September. 4-H clubs are thriving, and in the past 10 years three new equestrian centers have opened within 5 miles (8.0 km) of downtown Damascus.

November 17, 2009, marked the grand opening of the Damascus Heritage Society Museum—a project years in the making that aims to preserve the history of Damascus, MD. The original idea for the museum belonged to John Grigg, who was in attendance at the opening along with fellow supporters, sharing apple cider and cookies in celebration of their efforts. The museum is located in a small building behind the Damascus Public Library, and is open from noon to 5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays (or by appointment with groups larger than 10). The grand-opening featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, and Damascus’s first fire truck, presented by the current fire chief Darron Long. Currently on display is an exhibit highlighting the Damascus Volunteer Fire department, but the exhibits are scheduled to change every few months.

For more information about the museum, or the Damascus Heritage Society itself, visit http://www.dhsm.org, where you will find the links to the Damascus Heritage Society newsletters, and even articles that tell the stories of past towns people, like John Thomas Baker, Arnold Hawkins, and Sallie Souder. Membership to the Damascus Heritage Society is available for various levels of donation to their preservation efforts.

Education and athletics

Damascus High School (DHS) is well-known regionally and nationally for its championship athletic teams, known as the Swarmin’ Hornets. Unlike most high schools in Montgomery County, Damascus benefits from a large, well-funded, well-equipped and well-managed youth athletic program, the Damascus Sports Association (DSA). DSA is responsible for developing young people into athletes of the highest level, including weekend travel teams. Consequently, by the time these athletes reach DHS, many of them have been teammates in baseballsoftballfootball, wrestling, soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse for years. The high school’s dozens of state championship banners attest to the effectiveness of the DSA feeder program.

The current principal at DHS is Robert Domergue, now in his tenth year in the position.

Damascus High School is one of the few remaining schools in the state to still hold its graduation ceremonies on the school’s football field. A rite of passage for many graduating seniors is to walk on the field and receive their diploma not only in front of family and friends in the stands but also the several hundred townspeople who gather outside the fences to watch the ceremony. For the past few years the school has considered moving the ceremony to an alternate indoor location such as McDaniel College, but it has been voted down every year by the Senior class and their families.

Former U.S. Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell was the speaker for Damascus High School’s Class of 2000 commencement ceremony at the high school’s football stadium.

 

Civic groups

The American Legion is active in the community. Since Damascus Post 171 was founded after World War II, it has engaged in charitable and civic endeavors, ranging from installing Christmas decorations downtown to sponsoring high school scholarships. Post 171 is host to annual ceremonies commemorating Memorial Day and Veterans Day on the grounds of the Post home. Post 171 also sponsors an American Junior Legion baseball team, which is a perennial champion.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Company 13, with headquarters in Damascus, is one of the oldest companies in the Montgomery County fire service. Originating in 1940 as an all-Volunteer force, the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department-Company 13  transitioned to a mix of full-time professional paid men and volunteers in the late 1980s. Today the company is responsible for a huge, sprawling residential area, as well as the downtown area, which has also grown significantly in the past 10 years.

 

For more information about Damascus, visit its Wikipedia page.

Damascus Real Estate Market Stats

Average Home Values

Price Distribution


Home Averages

$392,400 Average Price
1,564Avg Home Size
1982Avg Year Built

Owners vs Renters

Local vs National Home Values

 LocalNational
Zillow Home Value Index $339,000 $179,900
Median Single Family Home Value $363,100 $179,400
Median Condo Value $223,800 $186,200
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $307,200 $173,800
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $398,200 $292,400
Percent Homes Decreasing 64% 30.5%
Percent Listing Price Reduction 0 0
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $208 $115
Median List Price 0 0
Median Sale Price $392,400 $222,900
Homes For Sale 0 0
Homes Recently Sold 0 0
Property Tax $3,013 $2,113
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 3.9% 4%
Median Value Per Sq Ft 0 0
1-Yr. Change -2.5% 3%
Homes For Sale By Owner Array Array
New Construction Array Array
Foreclosures Array Array

Local vs National Demographics

 LocalNational
Median Household Income 71,447 44,512
Single Males 14% 14.6%
Single Females 10.5% 12.5%
Median Age 31 36
Homes With Kids 44.3% 31.4%
Average Household Size 3 2
Average Commute Time (Minutes) 35 26

Damascus Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Damascus

25924 LARGO CT Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25924 LARGO CT, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8733337)
5 beds 2 baths 1,992 sqft $275,000
24600 RIDGE RD Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 24600 RIDGE RD, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8732031)
4 beds 3 baths $254,400
25176 TRALEE CT, Unit A-9 Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25176 TRALEE CT, Unit A-9, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8731889)
2 beds 1 bath 1,120 sqft $139,900
13 HONEYSUCKLE CT Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 13 HONEYSUCKLE CT, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8731033)
4 beds 4 baths $454,000
28105 KEMPTOWN CHURCH RD Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 28105 KEMPTOWN CHURCH RD, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8729801)
4 beds 4 baths 3,200 sqft $535,000
9955 VALLEY PARK DR Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 9955 VALLEY PARK DR, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8728762)
3 beds 4 baths 1,640 sqft $210,000
10452 SWEEPSTAKES RD Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 10452 SWEEPSTAKES RD, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8728278)
4 beds 4 baths $354,900
24704 SHOWBARN CIR Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 24704 SHOWBARN CIR, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8726350)
4 beds 4 baths 3,483 sqft $484,900
24301 KAKAE DR Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 24301 KAKAE DR, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8725533)
4 beds 2 baths 2,954 sqft $450,000
25711 WRIGHT RD Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25711 WRIGHT RD, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8722988)
3 beds 2 baths 2,194 sqft $347,000
25901 RIDGE MANOR DR, Unit 7000-L Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25901 RIDGE MANOR DR, Unit 7000-L, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8722533)
2 beds 2 baths $1,475
11 VALLEY PARK CT Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 11 VALLEY PARK CT, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8722028)
2 beds 2 baths $1,450
25905 RIDGE MANOR DR, Unit 8000-E Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25905 RIDGE MANOR DR, Unit 8000-E, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8721501)
2 beds 2 baths 1,075 sqft $175,000
9100 GUE RD Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 9100 GUE RD, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8721355)
3 beds 2 baths $1,750
10705 HUNTERS CHASE LN Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 10705 HUNTERS CHASE LN, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8720144)
4 beds 4 baths $357,900

Sold Listings in Damascus

24214 Hailey Dr Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 24214 Hailey Dr, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8706743)
4 beds 4 baths $610,000
10100 Ridge Manor Ter #M Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 10100 Ridge Manor Ter #M, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8700219)
2 beds 2 baths $1,395
11812 Prices Distillery Rd Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 11812 Prices Distillery Rd, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8699883)
3 beds 2 baths $1,675
10121 Shelldrake Cir Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 10121 Shelldrake Cir, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8697295)
3 beds 4 baths $270,000
25900 Ridge Manor Dr #6000-A Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25900 Ridge Manor Dr #6000-A, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8697817)
2 beds 2 baths 1 sqft $1,400
26811 Clarksburg Rd Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 26811 Clarksburg Rd, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8691319)
3 beds 3 baths $435,000
3 Ridge Manor Ct Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 3 Ridge Manor Ct, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8689522)
3 beds 4 baths $274,000
25421 Paine St Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25421 Paine St, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8691159)
3 beds 4 baths $1,800
25503 Joy Ln Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25503 Joy Ln, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8672586)
3 beds 4 baths $320,000
10900 Bellehaven Blvd Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 10900 Bellehaven Blvd, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8671761)
4 beds 4 baths 4,091 sqft $479,000
25382 Damascus Park Ter Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25382 Damascus Park Ter, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8671932)
3 beds 4 baths 1,917 sqft $2,100
25554 Joy Ln Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 25554 Joy Ln, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8663985)
3 beds 4 baths $350,000
1 Clearwater Ct Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 1 Clearwater Ct, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8660719)
4 beds 4 baths 3,528 sqft $499,000
11005 Locust Dr Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 11005 Locust Dr, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8659549)
3 beds 1 bath $265,000
24306 Red Blaze Dr Damascus, MD 20872
Photo of 24306 Red Blaze Dr, Damascus, MD 20872 (MLS # MC8656622)
4 beds 4 baths $640,000

Walk Score for Damascus



Damascus School Data

Damascus School Districts

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Damascus Schools

Lois P. Rockwell Elementary School
PK-5, public
Damascus Elementary School
K-5, public
Damascus High School
9-12, public
John T. Baker Middle School
6-8, public
Clearspring Elementary School
PK-5, public