Albert Hallivis

Germantown Real Estate Analysis


19th century

Early education

Germantown did not have a public school until after the end of the American Civil War. During that time, education was handled at homes. In 1868, a one-room schoolhouse was built on Maryland Route 118, near Black Rock Road, which hosted children from both Germantown and neighboring Darnestown. In 1883, a larger one-room schoolhouse was built closer to Clopper Road. Another, newer school was constructed in 1910, on what is now the site of Germantown Elementary School. This school had four rooms, with two downstairs and two upstairs, with each room housing two grade levels. After the eighth grade, the students would head via train to nearby Rockville, for further education.

American Civil War

Although it avoided much of the physical destruction that ravaged other cities in the region, the American Civil War was still a cause of resentment and division among residents of Germantown. Many Germantown residents, particularly those of German ancestry, were against slavery and had sons fighting for the Union Army. In contrast, other residents of Germantown, particularly those of English ancestry, owned slaves, and even those who weren’t slave-owners had sons fighting for the Confederate Army. As a result, many people in Germantown, who were once on friendly terms with each other, made an effort not to interact with each other, such as switching churches, or frequenting a store or mill miles away from the ones they’d normally do business with.

Late in the summer and fall of 1861, there were more than twenty thousand Union Army soldiers camped to the west of Germantown, in neighboring Darnestown and Poolesville. Occasionally, these soldiers would come to Germantown and frequent the stores there. In September 1862, and in June of 1863, several regiments of Union Army soldiers marched north on Maryland Route 355, on their way to the Battle of Antietam, and the Battle of Gettysburg, respectively. In July 1864, General Jubal Early led his army of Confederate soldiers down Maryland Route 355 to attack the Union capital of Washington, D.C. Throughout the course of the war, Confederate raiders would often come through the Germantown area. Local farmers in the Germantown area lost horses and other livestock to both Union and Confederate armies.

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

On April 20, 1865, George Atzerodt, a co-conspirator in the Abraham Lincoln assassination, was captured in Germantown. He was assigned by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson, but lost his nerve and fled Washington, D.C., on the night of the Lincoln assassination. He was captured at his cousin Hartman Richter’s farm in Germantown. Atzerodt was hanged on July 7, 1865 along with Mary SurrattLewis Powell, and David Herold inWashington, D.C.


The Liberty Mill

The wooden structure of the Bowman Brothers Mill fell victim to a fire in 1914, but four years later, the owners were back in business again, selling the mill to the Liberty Milling Company, a brand new corporation. Augustus Selby was the first owner and manager of the new Liberty Mill, which opened in 1918. Electricity was brought into Liberty Mill and also served the homes and businesses nearby, making Germantown the first area in the northern portion of Montgomery County to receive electricity.


In 1935, professional baseball player Walter Perry Johnson, who played as a pitcher for the Washington Senators, purchased a farm on what is now the site of Seneca Valley High School. Used as a dairy farm, Johnson lived there with his five children and his mother, as his wife died, until his death in 1946.


“Feed the Liberty Way” was used as a slogan for Liberty Mill which, with eight silos, became the second largest mill in all of Maryland, supplying flour to the United States Army during World War II. Cornmeal and animal feed were also manufactured at Liberty Mill, and a store at the mill sold specialty mixes, such as pancake and muffin mix.


U.S. Atomic Energy Commission

In January 1958, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission was relocated from its location in downtown Washington, D.C. to Germantown, which was considered far enough from the city to withstand a Soviet nuclear attack. The facility now operates as an administration complex for the U.S. Department of Energy and headquarters for its Office of Biological and Environmental Research. During the 1970s, Wernher von Braun, a German rocket scientist during World War II, worked for the aerospace company Fairchild Industries, which had offices in Germantown, as its Vice President for Engineering and Development. Von Braun worked at Fairchild Industries from July 1, 1972 until his death.


Early development and Master Plan

Marshall Davis owned a farm located where Interstate 270 and Germantown Road intersect today. After Interstate 270 divided his farm in two, Davis decided to sell the last of his land to the International Development Corporation for about $1,300 per acre in 1955. Fairchild-Hiller Corporation bought the land for about $4,000 per acre in 1964, and it built an industrial park on the land four years later. Harry Unglesee and his family sold their farm near Hoyles Mill Road for less than $1,000 per acre in 1959. Other farmers soon sold their land to developers and speculators as well.

The Germantown Master Plan was adopted in 1967. The plan for the 17-square-mile (44 km2) area included a dense central downtown area and less dense development surrounding it. In 1974, the Montgomery County Council approved an amended plan written by the Montgomery County Planning Board. The amended plan included a downtown area and six separate villages, each comprising smaller neighborhoods with schools, shopping areas, and public facilities. The amended plan also included the construction of a third campus for Montgomery College near the downtown area.


Following the end of World War II, the Liberty Mill went into disrepair, and was finally destroyed by an arsonist in 1971. In 1974, the completion of a sewer line helped the development and growth of Germantown.

Montgomery College

The Germantown Campus of Montgomery College opened on October 21, 1978. At the time, it consisted of two buildings, 24 employees, and 1,200 students. Enrollment had increased to five thousand students by 2003, with eighty employees across four buildings. A steel water tower modeled after the Earth can be seen from orbiting satellites in outer space. As of 2008, a forty-acre bio-technology laboratory was nearing completion.


Economic growth

Since the early 1980s, Germantown has experienced rapid economic and population growth, both in townhouses and single-family dwellings, and an urbanized town center has been built. Germantown was the fastest growing zip code in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and Maryland in 1986.


In 2000, the Upcounty Regional Services Center opened in Germantown, and a 16,000 square feet section of the first floor was home to the Germantown Public Library for several years.

In March 2001, Germantown’s only movie theater, the Sony 6, located at the Germantown Commons Shopping Center, closed down, leaving Germantown without a movie theater of its own. Over a year later, in May 2002, the HoytsCinema 14, now the Regal Germantown Stadium 14, opened, and Germantown now had its own movie theater once again. A DSW footwear retail store now sits on the site of the former Sony 6 theater.

In 2007, at a cost of 19 million dollars, the Germantown Public Library moved from the Upcounty Regional Services Center to its current location, at a separate 44,193 square foot facility at the nearby Germantown Town Center.


In August 2011, a 7-Eleven convenience store in downtown Germantown fell victim to a flash mob robbery, in which nearly forty people walked into the store, grabbed merchandise, and subsequently fled with the stolen goods, all without paying. The incident garnered widespread attention in the United States and internationally.

Population boom

The intersection of Maryland Route 118and Middlebrook Road in downtown Germantown in January 2008.

In 2000, Germantown had a population of 55,419, according to the 2000 United States Census. Ten years later, at the time of the 2010 United States Census, Germantown had experienced a 55.9% growth in population, growing from 55,419 to 86,395.



The United States Department of Energy has its headquarters for the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in Germantown. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission was moved from its location in downtown Washington, D.C. to the present-day U.S. Department of Energy building in Germantown, due to fears of a Soviet nuclear attack on the U.S. capital. At the time, Germantown was believed to be far enough from Washington, D.C. to avoid the worst effects of a nuclear strike on the city. The facility now operates as an administration complex for the U.S. Department of Energy.


Business and finance

Library Systems & Services and Wabtec have their headquarters in Germantown.

Earth Networks, Inc. (formerly known as AWS Convergence Technologies)/WeatherBug, Availink, Inc., DRT, Hughes Network SystemsQiagen, GE Aviation, and Proxy Aviation Systems all have offices in Germantown.

The popular Upstate New York grocery store chain Wegmans, will be opening a new store on Seneca Meadows Parkway in September 2013.


Location of Germantown, Maryland

Germantown is located at 39°11′N 77°16′W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 10.8 square miles (28.0 km²), of which, 10.8 square miles (27.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.46%) is water.


Climate data for Germantown
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 78
Average high °F (°C) 40
Average low °F (°C) 27
Record low °F (°C) −13
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.88


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1980 9,721
1990 41,145 323.3%
2000 55,419 34.7%
2010 86,395 55.9%

As of the census of 2010, there were 86,395 people, and 30,531 households residing in the area. The population density was 8,019 people per square mile (3,096.6/km²). The racial makeup of the area was 36.3% White, 21.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 19.7% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.4% of the population.

There were 20,893 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the area, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 43.0% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 3.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in Germantown was $76,061 as of a 2010 estimate by the website, City-Data. 6.5% of the population and 3.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 5.9% are under the age of 18 and 9.9% are 65 or older.



Public schools in Germantown are part of the Montgomery County Public Schools system.

  • Elementary schools: Cedar Grove Elementary School, Clopper Mill Elementary School, Fox Chapel Elementary School, Germantown Elementary School, Great Seneca Creek Elementary School, Captain James E. Daly Jr. Elementary School, Lake Seneca Elementary School, Ronald McNair Elementary School, Sally K. Ride Elementary School, Spark Matsunaga Elementary School, S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, Waters Landing Elementary School, and William B. Gibbs, Jr. Elementary School
  • Middle schoolsKingsview Middle School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, Neelsville Middle School, and Roberto W. Clemente Middle School
  • High schools: Northwest High School, and Seneca Valley High School.

Montgomery College, the largest higher education institution in Montgomery County, has a campus in Germantown.



The Montgomery County public transit bus system, Ride On, serves Germantown with approximately 20 bus routes and operates a major transit hub in Germantown, known as the Germantown Transit Center. Also, a light rail system (the Corridor Cities Transitway) is under evaluation which would, when completed, connect the terminal of the Washington Metro Red Line at Shady Grove Station near Gaithersburg to Germantown and continue on northward to Clarksburg. Germantown is bisected by Interstate 270 and has a station on the MARC train commuter service’s Brunswick Line, which operates over CSX‘s Metropolitan Subdivision. The station building itself, at the corner of Liberty Mill Road and Mateny Hill Road, is a copy of the original 1891 structure designed by E. Francis Baldwin for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The current building was rebuilt after it was burned down by arson in 1978.



Sailors from the United States Navy Band perform at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland, on August 1, 2009.

Sailors from the United States Navy Band perform at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland, on August 1, 2009.


The BlackRock Center for the Arts is located in the downtown Germantown, at the Germantown Town Center. The BlackRock Center for the Arts also sponsors the Germantown Oktoberfest, an annual festival held every year in the fall, which includes various genres of music, including traditional German folk, rock and pop.


The Maryland SoccerPlex sports complex is located in Germantown, and served as the former home of the Washington Freedom, of the Women’s Professional Soccerleague. The arena now hosts the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League as well as amateur, collegiate, and regional soccer tournaments.


In popular culture

  • Germantown is featured in several episodes of the science fiction television series, The X-Files, notably as a hotbed for biomedical engineering and research, as in reality.
  • Germantown is featured in the 2008 video game, Fallout 3, where the town has been destroyed by a nuclear war and one of its police stations subsequently used as a mutant-run prison camp.
  • Sam Fisher, the protagonist of the Splinter Cell series of video games, lives on a farm in rural Germantown, according to the novelizations of the series.


For more information about Germantown, visit its Wikipedia page.

Germantown Real Estate Market Stats

Average Home Values

Price Distribution

Home Averages

$288,500 Average Price
1,364Avg Home Size
1987Avg Year Built

Owners vs Renters

Local vs National Home Values

Zillow Home Value Index $283,000 $179,900
Median Single Family Home Value $487,400 $179,400
Median Condo Value $241,800 $186,200
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $200,400 $139,700
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $277,000 $173,800
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $424,500 $292,400
Percent Homes Decreasing 59.4% 30.5%
Percent Listing Price Reduction 0 0
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $199 $115
Median List Price 0 0
Median Sale Price $288,500 $222,900
Homes For Sale 0 0
Homes Recently Sold 0 0
Property Tax $2,461 $2,113
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 4.5% 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

Median Household Income 62,431 44,512
Single Males 14.5% 14.6%
Single Females 15.3% 12.5%
Median Age 30 36
Homes With Kids 35.7% 31.4%
Average Household Size 2 2
Average Commute Time (Minutes) 34 26

Germantown Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Germantown

20502 AMETHYST LN Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 20502 AMETHYST LN, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8740205)
3 beds 4 baths 1,796 sqft $299,000
20417 WATKINS MEADOW DR Germantown, MD 20876
3 beds 3 baths 2,082 sqft $324,900
14178 FURLONG WAY Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 14178 FURLONG WAY, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8739789)
3 beds 4 baths 1,360 sqft $305,000
18133 COACHMANS RD Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 18133 COACHMANS RD, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8739808)
4 beds 4 baths $500,000
13069 OPEN HEARTH WAY Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 13069 OPEN HEARTH WAY, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8739677)
2 beds 2 baths $1,500
18941 HIGHSTREAM DR, Unit 727 Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 18941 HIGHSTREAM DR, Unit 727, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8739483)
3 beds 3 baths 550 sqft $239,900
12918 PINNACLE DR, Unit 5 Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 12918 PINNACLE DR, Unit 5, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8739247)
2 beds 2 baths 1,300 sqft $1,550
9 MONARCH VISTA CT Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 9 MONARCH VISTA CT, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8738384)
4 beds 3 baths $374,900
11439 APPLEDOWRE WAY, Unit 20 Germantown, MD 20876
Photo of 11439 APPLEDOWRE WAY, Unit 20, Germantown, MD 20876 (MLS # MC8739055)
3 beds 3 baths 1,344 sqft $207,000
19501 GUNNERS BRANCH RD, Unit 813 Germantown, MD 20876
Photo of 19501 GUNNERS BRANCH RD, Unit 813, Germantown, MD 20876 (MLS # MC8738931)
2 beds 2 baths 869 sqft $99,900
57 CROSS RIDGE CT Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 57 CROSS RIDGE CT, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8738691)
3 beds 3 baths $1,600
13562 STATION ST Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 13562 STATION ST, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8738454)
3 beds 3 baths $2,100
18100 CHALET DR, Unit 13-101 Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 18100 CHALET DR, Unit 13-101, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8738414)
2 beds 2 baths 1,135 sqft $1,400
12874 SAGE TER Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 12874 SAGE TER, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8738425)
3 beds 2 baths $195,000
18508 EAGLES ROOST DR Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 18508 EAGLES ROOST DR, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8738205)
3 beds 4 baths 1,833 sqft $285,000

Sold Listings in Germantown

13003 Bridger Dr Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 13003 Bridger Dr, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8733054)
2 beds 3 baths $1,695
12112 Skip Jack Dr Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 12112 Skip Jack Dr, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8727459)
3 beds 4 baths 1,508 sqft $1,800
19620 Galway Bay Cir #204 Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 19620 Galway Bay Cir #204, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8721628)
2 beds 2 baths 1,271 sqft $1,550
11556 Summer Oak Dr Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 11556 Summer Oak Dr, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8719977)
3 beds 4 baths 2,016 sqft $275,010
13051 Bridger Dr #1312 Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 13051 Bridger Dr #1312, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8718677)
2 beds 3 baths $1,650
18515 Bay Leaf Way Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 18515 Bay Leaf Way, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8716393)
3 beds 2 baths $1,550
20803 Shamrock Glen Cir #7-702 Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 20803 Shamrock Glen Cir #7-702, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8715433)
3 beds 3 baths 1,665 sqft $1,950
20334 Cider Barrel Dr Germantown, MD 20876
Photo of 20334 Cider Barrel Dr, Germantown, MD 20876 (MLS # MC8711677)
3 beds 5 baths 2,170 sqft $2,300
12135 Flag Harbor Dr Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 12135 Flag Harbor Dr, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8709585)
3 beds 3 baths 1,728 sqft $296,640
12003 Arista Manor Way Germantown, MD 20876
Photo of 12003 Arista Manor Way, Germantown, MD 20876 (MLS # MC8713080)
4 beds 4 baths 5,042 sqft $2,950
11707 Zebrawood Ct Germantown, MD 20876
Photo of 11707 Zebrawood Ct, Germantown, MD 20876 (MLS # MC8713823)
3 beds 2 baths $1,600
20044 Gateshead Cir #122 Germantown, MD 20876
Photo of 20044 Gateshead Cir #122, Germantown, MD 20876 (MLS # MC8713516)
2 beds 3 baths 1,638 sqft $1,450
12904 Churchill Ridge Cir #6 Germantown, MD 20874
Photo of 12904 Churchill Ridge Cir #6, Germantown, MD 20874 (MLS # MC8711270)
3 beds 2 baths 1,122 sqft $1,450
12536 Post Creek Pl Germantown, MD 20874
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3 beds 4 baths 1,620 sqft $1,800
20432 Afternoon Ln Germantown, MD 20874
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3 beds 3 baths $1,850

Walk Score for Germantown

Germantown School Data

Germantown School Districts

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Germantown Schools

Dr. Sally K. Ride Elementary School
PK-5, public
Roberto W. Clemente Middle School
6-8, public
S. Christa Mcauliffe Elementary School
PK-5, public
Neelsville Middle School
6-8, public
Cedar Grove Elementary School
K-5, public
Fox Chapel Elementary School
PK-5, public
Germantown Elementary School
PK-5, public
Kingsview Middle School
6-8, public
Longview School
K-4, 6-12, public
Seneca Valley High School
9-12, public
Northwest High School
9-12, public
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
6-8, public
Lake Seneca Elementary School
PK-5, public
Clopper Mill Elementary School
PK-5, public
Waters Landing Elementary School
K-5, public
Captain James E. Daly Elementary School
PK-5, public
Ronald A. Mcnair Elementary School
PK-5, public
Butler School
PK-8, private
Seneca Academy
PK-5, private
Academy of the Child
n/a, private
Spark M. Matsunaga Elementary School
K-5, public
Great Seneca Creek Elementary School
K-5, public
Covenant Christian School
PK-2, private
William B. Gibbs Jr.
PK-5, public