Derwood was first recognized in the 1880s as a train stop on the B&O Railroad at the present intersection of Indianola Drive and Maryland Route 355, in the what is now known as the Derwood Station neighborhood.
A second, larger railroad station was built there from 1886-1889. In the early 1900s, a small community with a store, homes, and a church was thriving in the area surrounding the station. However, because it was located between two larger cities, Derwood did not grow much. Its population leveled off with the invention of the automobile, since people did not need to use trains as much as they did before.
On January 7, 1954, Schwartz Mill caught fire and both it and the Derwood railroad station were destroyed. Derwood station was never rebuilt, since there were not enough passengers traveling through the area.
In 1965, the man-made Lake Needwood was created by impounding Rock Creek, and the lake has become a popular recreation area.
In 1974, the Derwood post office relocated to Redland Shopping Center. It kept the name “Derwood Branch,” designating the entire 20855 zip code area as Derwood, thus greatly increasing the size of Derwood from one neighborhood to the present size. This area began to expand in population, especially after the Shady Grove Metro station opened in 1984.
Residents are zoned to Montgomery County Public Schools.
Students who are residents of Derwood are either in the Magruder or Richard Montgomery cluster and attend the following schools:
- Elementary Schools
- Washington Grove Elementary School
- Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
- Sequoyah Elementary School
- Jack Kitchen Elementary School
- Candlewood Elementary School
- College Gardens Elementary School
- Middle Schools
- High Schools
Geography & Climate
Derwood is located in the north central part of Montgomery county, it lies in the Atlantic coastal plane, and is not far from the start of the Appalachian highlands. Derwood has a humid subtropical climate similar climate to nearby Washington D.C. It lies in hardiness zone 6b, with chilly winters, where the daily maximum is mostly above freezing, and the minimum is generally below freezing.
For more information about Derwood, visit its Wikipedia page.
Derwood Real Estate Market Stats
Average Home Values
|2,044||Avg Home Size|
|1981||Avg Year Built|
Owners vs Renters
Local vs National Home Values
|Zillow Home Value Index||$448,800||$169,200|
|Median Single Family Home Value||$479,700||$168,700|
|Median Condo Value||$309,400||$173,900|
|Median 3-Bedroom Home Value||$334,100||$162,200|
|Median 4-Bedroom Home Value||$479,200||$271,600|
|Percent Homes Decreasing||11.5%||21.8%|
|Percent Listing Price Reduction||22.7%||28.1%|
|Median List Price Per Sq Ft||$224||$108|
|Median List Price||$579,000||$199,000|
|Median Sale Price||$361,900||$194,400|
|Homes For Sale||0||0|
|Homes Recently Sold||0||0|
|Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.)||4.8%||4.2%|
|Median Value Per Sq Ft||$221||$113|
|Homes For Sale By Owner||Array||Array|
Derwood Real Estate Listings
Active Listings in Derwood
- 8111 NEEDWOOD RD, Unit T103 Derwood, MD 20855
Sold Listings in Derwood
- 8227 Castanea Ln Derwood, MD 20855
Walk Score for Derwood
Derwood School Data
Derwood School Districts
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- Sequoyah Elementary School
- K-5, public