Rockville Neighborhood Real Estate Analysis

Situated in Piedmont region and crossed by three creeks (Rock Creek, Cabin John Creek, and Watts Branch), Rockville provided an excellent refuge for semi-nomadic Native Americans as early as 8000 BC. By the first millennium BC, a few of these groups had settled down into year-round agricultural communities that exploited the native flora, including sunflowers and marsh elder. By AD 1200, these early groups (dubbed Montgomery Indians by later archaeologists) were increasingly drawn into conflict with the Senecas and Susquehannocks who had migrated south from Pennsylvania and New York. Within the present-day boundaries of the city, six prehistoric sites have been uncovered and documented, and borne artifacts several thousand years old. By the year 1700, under pressure from European colonists, the majority of these original inhabitants had been driven away.

The indigenous population carved a path on the high ground, known as Sinequa Trail, which is now downtown Rockville. Later, the Maryland Assembly set the standard of 20 feet for main thoroughfares and designated the Rock Creek Main Road or Great Road to be built to this standard. In the mid-18th century, Lawrence Owen opened a small inn on the road. The place, known as Owen’s Ordinary, took on greater prominence when, on April 14, 1755, Major General Edward Braddock stopped at Owen’s Ordinary on a start of a mission from George Town (now Washington, D.C.) to press British claims of the western frontier. The location of the road, near the present Rockville Pike, was strategically located on higher ground making it dry year-round.[6]:6-9

The first land patents in the Rockville area were obtained by Arthur Nelson between 1717 and 1735. Within three decades, the first permanent buildings in what would become the center of Rockville were established on this land. Still a part of Prince George’s County at this time, the growth of Daniel Dulaney’s Frederick Town prompted the separation of the western portion of the county, including Rockville, into Frederick County in 1748.

Being a small, unincorporated town, early Rockville was known by a variety of names, including Owen’s Ordinary, Hungerford’s Tavern, and Daley’s Tavern. The first recorded mention of the settlement which would later become known as Rockville dates to the Braddock Expedition in 1755. On April 14, one of the approximately two thousand men who were accompanying General Braddock through wrote the following: “we marched to larance Owings or Owings Oardianary, a Single House, it being 18 miles and very dirty.” Owen’s Ordinary was a small rest stop on Rock Creek Main Road (later the Rockville Pike), which stretched from George Town to Frederick Town, and was then one of the largest thoroughfares in the colony of Maryland.

Stone marker on the corner of Vinson St. and Maryland Ave. It was originally placed there in 1803 when Rockville’s streets were laid out. “BR” stands for “Beginning of Rockville”.

On September 6, 1776, the Maryland Constitutional Convention agreed to a proposal introduced by Thomas Sprigg Wootton wherein Frederick County, the largest and most populous county in Maryland, would be divided into three smaller units. The southern portion of the county, of which Rockville was a part, was named Montgomery County. The most populous and prosperous urban center in this new county was George Town, but its location at the far southern edge rendered it worthless as a seat of local government. Rockville, a small, but centrally located and well-travelled town, was chosen as the seat of the county’s government. Thereafter, the village was referred to by all as Montgomery Court House.

Beall-Dawson House, on West Montgomery Avenue near Rockville Town Center, was built in 1815. The home was owned by Upton Beall, Clerk of the Montgomery County Court.

In 1784, William Prather Williams, a local landowner, hired a surveyor to lay out much of the town. In his honor, many took to calling the town Williamsburgh. In practice, however, Williamsburgh and Montgomery Court House were used interchangeably. Rockville came to greater prominence when Montgomery county was created and later when George Town was ceded to the create the District of Columbia.[6]

On July 16, 1803, when the area was officially entered into the county land records, however, the name used was “Rockville,” believed to be derived from Rock Creek.[7] Nevertheless, the name Montgomery Court House continued to appear on maps and other documents through the 1820s.

By petition of Rockville’s citizens, the Maryland General Assembly incorporated the village on March 10, 1860. During the American Civil War, General George B. McClellan stayed at the Beall Dawson house in 1862. In addition, General J.E.B. Stuart and an army of 8,000 Confederate cavalrymen marched through and occupied Rockville on June 28, 1863 while on their way to Gettysburg and stayed at the Prettyman house. Jubal Anderson Early had also crossed through Maryland, on his way to and from his attack on Washington. A monument to the Confederate soldier is hidden behind the old courthouse building [8] or.[9] The monument was dedicated on June 3, 1913 at a cost of $3,600.

In 1873, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad arrived, making Rockville easily accessible from Washington, D.C. (See Metropolitan Branch.) In July 1891, the Tennallytown and Rockville Railway inaugurated Rockville’s first trolley service connecting to the Georgetown and Tennallytown Railway terminus at Western Avenue and Wisconsin Avenue.

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station in Rockville, built 1873.

This provided service from Georgetown to Rockville, connecting Rockville to Washington, D.C. by trolley. Trolley service operated for four decades, until, eclipsed by the growing popularity of the automobile, service was halted in August 1935. The Blue Ridge Transportation Company provided bus service for Rockville and Montgomery County from 1924 through 1955. After 1955, Rockville would not see a concerted effort to develop a public transportation infrastructure until the 1970s, when the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began work to extend the Washington Metro into Rockville and extended Metrobus service into Montgomery County. The Rockville station of Washington Metro began service on July 25, 1984, and the Twinbrook station began service on December 15, 1984. Metrobus service was supplemented by Montgomery County’s own Ride On bus service starting in 1979. MARC, Maryland’s Rail Commuter service, serves Rockville with its Brunswick line. From Rockville MARC provides service to Union Station in Washington D.C. (southbound) and, Frederick and Martinsburg, West Virginia (northbound), as well as intermediate points. Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service from Rockville to Chicago and Washington D.C.

During the Cold War, it was considered safer to remain in Rockville than to evacuate during a hypothetical nuclear attack on Washington, D.C. Bomb shelters were built, including the largest one at Glenview Mansion and 15 other locations. The I-270 highway was designated as an emergency aircraft landing strip. Two Nike missile launcher sites were located on Muddy Branch and Snouffer School Roads until the mid-1970s.[6]:163

From the 1960s, Rockville’s town center, formerly one of the area’s commercial centers, suffered from a period of decline. Rockville soon became the first city in Maryland to enter into a government funded urban renewal program. This resulted in the demolition of most of the original business district. Included in the plan was the unsuccessful Rockville Mall, which failed to attract either major retailers or customers and was demolished in 1994, various government buildings such as the new Montgomery County Judicial Center, and a reorganization of the road plan near the Courthouse. Unfortunately, the once-promising plan was for the most part a disappointment. Although efforts to restore the town center continue, the majority of the city’s economic activity has since relocated along Rockville Pike (MD Route 355/Wisconsin Avenue). In 2004, Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo announced plans to renovate the Rockville Town Square, including building new stores and housing and relocating the city’s library. In the past year, the new Rockville Town Center has been transformed and includes a number of boutique-like stores, restaurants, condominiums and apartments, as well as stages, fountains and the Rockville Library.[10] The headquarters of the U.S. Public Health Service is on Montrose Road while the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission‘s headquarters is just south of the City’s corporate limits.

The city is closely associated with the neighboring towns of Kensington and the unincorporated census-designated place, North Bethesda. The Music Center at Strathmore, an arts and theater center, opened in February 2005 in the latter of these two areas and is presently the second home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville Civic Center Park has provided diverse entertainment since 1960. In 1998, Regal Cinemas opened in Town Center.[6]:217. The city also has a brass band in the British style. The REM song (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville released in 1984 was written by Mike Mills about not wanting his girlfriend to return to Rockville, Maryland.


Boundaries of Rockville as of 2004

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.57 square miles (35.15 km2), of which, 13.51 square miles (34.99 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.[2]

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Rockville Real Estate Market Stats

Average Home Values

Price Distribution

Home Averages

$446,600 Average Price
1,520Avg Home Size
1970Avg Year Built

Owners vs Renters

Local vs National Home Values

Zillow Home Value Index $467,200 $177,500
Median Single Family Home Value $537,000 $177,000
Median Condo Value $407,200 $182,100
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $346,800 $136,600
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $443,200 $170,200
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $594,000 $287,000
Percent Homes Decreasing 23.7% 29.5%
Percent Listing Price Reduction 50.8% 37.4%
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $291 $113
Median List Price $434,900 $214,000
Median Sale Price $446,600 $204,500
Homes For Sale 0 0
Homes Recently Sold 0 0
Property Tax $4,588 $2,082
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 4% 4%
Median Value Per Sq Ft $288 $120
1-Yr. Change 5.6% 6.4%
Homes For Sale By Owner Array Array
New Construction Array Array
Foreclosures Array Array

Local vs National Demographics

Median Household Income 68,074 44,512
Single Males 14.7% 14.6%
Single Females 12.3% 12.5%
Median Age 37 36
Homes With Kids 32.9% 31.4%
Average Household Size 2 2
Average Commute Time (Minutes) 31 26

Rockville Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Rockville

14308 BARKWOOD DR Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 14308 BARKWOOD DR, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8520653)
4 beds 3 baths $415,000
5918 BARBADOS PL, Unit 101 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 5918 BARBADOS PL, Unit 101, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8519860)
1 bed 1 bath 824 sqft $299,000
7229 MILL RUN DR, Unit 11-4 Rockville, MD 20855
Photo of 7229 MILL RUN DR, Unit 11-4, Rockville, MD 20855 (MLS # MC8519706)
3 beds 2 baths 1,684 sqft $220,000
4403 FAROE PL Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4403 FAROE PL, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8519545)
3 beds 2 baths 1,334 sqft $339,900
10401 GROSVENOR PL, Unit 1418 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 10401 GROSVENOR PL, Unit 1418, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8519105)
2 beds 1 bath 1,090 sqft $224,900
17840 FRALEY FARM RD Rockville, MD 20855
Photo of 17840 FRALEY FARM RD, Rockville, MD 20855 (MLS # MC8517998)
5 beds 5 baths 7,358 sqft $949,800
10201 GROSVENOR PL, Unit 1406 Rockville, MD 20852
1 bed 1 bath 781 sqft $209,900
11311 ASHLEY DR Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 11311 ASHLEY DR, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8518580)
7 beds 5 baths $744,950
4604 WILWYN WAY Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 4604 WILWYN WAY, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8513814)
3 beds 3 baths 2,100 sqft $412,000
10819 HAMPTON MILL TER, Unit 200 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 10819 HAMPTON MILL TER, Unit 200, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8518328)
2 beds 2 baths 1,037 sqft $339,000
15521 THISTLEBRIDGE CT Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 15521 THISTLEBRIDGE CT, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8518289)
3 beds 4 baths 2,240 sqft $482,500
10401 STRATHMORE PARK CT, Unit 3-404 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 10401 STRATHMORE PARK CT, Unit 3-404, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8518204)
2 beds 3 baths 2,200 sqft $1,100,000
10500 ROCKVILLE PIKE, Unit 111 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 10500 ROCKVILLE PIKE, Unit 111, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8518123)
2 beds 1 bath 1,135 sqft $235,000
10500 ROCKVILLE PIKE, Unit 912 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 10500 ROCKVILLE PIKE, Unit 912, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8517924)
1 bed 1 bath 880 sqft $206,000
515 PARK RD Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 515 PARK RD, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8516056)
4 beds 4 baths 5,312 sqft $875,000
1006 PAUL DR Rockville, MD 20851
Photo of 1006 PAUL DR, Rockville, MD 20851 (MLS # MC8517727)
4 beds 2 baths 1,437 sqft $309,900
11219 TROY RD Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 11219 TROY RD, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8517541)
3 beds 2 baths 1,632 sqft $375,000
4909 MCCALL ST Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4909 MCCALL ST, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8517439)
3 beds 2 baths $324,500
9604 PERSIMMON TREE RD Rockville, MD 20854
Photo of 9604 PERSIMMON TREE RD, Rockville, MD 20854 (MLS # MC8517391)
1 bed 2 baths $1,150,000
4821 POWDER HOUSE DR Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4821 POWDER HOUSE DR, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8516956)
4 beds 3 baths $555,000

Sold Listings in Rockville

10500 Rockville Pike #925 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 10500 Rockville Pike #925, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8508208)
2 beds 2 baths 1,072 sqft $0
9313 Overlea Dr Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 9313 Overlea Dr, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8508033)
4 beds 3 baths $0
17608 Horizon Pl Rockville, MD 20855
Photo of 17608 Horizon Pl, Rockville, MD 20855 (MLS # MC8508028)
3 beds 2 baths $0
878 New Mark Esplanade Rockville, MD 20850
3 beds 3 baths $0
13541 Turkey Branch Pkwy Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 13541 Turkey Branch Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8498867)
3 beds 2 baths 1,668 sqft $0
1 Colonial Ct Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 1 Colonial Ct, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8497063)
3 beds 2 baths 1,540 sqft $0
4005 Southend Rd Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4005 Southend Rd, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8497000)
3 beds 2 baths $0
1 Lee Ct Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 1 Lee Ct, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8496854)
5 beds 3 baths $0
14813 Clavel St Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 14813 Clavel St, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8495426)
5 beds 4 baths 2,354 sqft $0
13619 Grenoble Dr Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 13619 Grenoble Dr, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8494674)
3 beds 2 baths 1,360 sqft $0
2 Vashi Ln Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 2 Vashi Ln, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8493078)
4 beds 3 baths 1,750 sqft $0
7 Devon Ct Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 7 Devon Ct, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8493742)
4 beds 2 baths 1,622 sqft $0
17 Harvard Ct Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 17 Harvard Ct, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8492839)
4 beds 3 baths 2,288 sqft $0
1700 Mark Ln Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 1700 Mark Ln, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8492852)
4 beds 2 baths 2,091 sqft $0
11351 Palatine Dr Rockville, MD 20854
Photo of 11351 Palatine Dr, Rockville, MD 20854 (MLS # MC8491802)
5 beds 6 baths $0
14110 Calabash Ln Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 14110 Calabash Ln, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8491867)
4 beds 5 baths $0
540 Brent Rd Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 540 Brent Rd, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8490498)
3 beds 3 baths $0
2893 Glenora Ln Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 2893 Glenora Ln, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8490190)
4 beds 4 baths $0
503 King Farm Blvd #405 Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 503 King Farm Blvd #405, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8490102)
3 beds 2 baths 1,657 sqft $0
6900 Stonewood Ct Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 6900 Stonewood Ct, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8488680)
4 beds 3 baths $0

Walk Score for Rockville

Rockville School Data

Rockville School Districts

Montgomery County Public Schools

Rockville Schools

Beverly Farms Elementary School
K-5, public
Brookhaven Elementary School
PK-5, public
Candlewood Elementary School
K-5, public
Carl Sandburg Center
K-5, public
Cashell Elementary School
PK-5, public
Col. Zadok Magruder High School
9-12, public
College Gardens Elementary School
PK-5, public
Earle B. Wood Middle School
6-8, public
Fallsmead Elementary School
K-5, public
Farmland Elementary School
PK-5, public
Flower Valley Elementary School
K-5, public
Herbert Hoover Middle School
6-8, public
Julius West Middle School
6-8, public
Lakewood Elementary School
K-5, public
Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School
K-5, public
Luxmanor Elementary School
PK-5, public
Mark Twain School
7-12, public
Maryvale Elementary School
PK-5, public
Meadow Hall Elementary School
K-5, public
Mill Creek Towne Elementary School
PK-5, public
Parkland Middle School
6-8, public
Redland Middle School
6-8, public
Richard Montgomery High School
9-12, public
Ritchie Park Elementary School
K-5, public
Rock Creek Valley Elementary School
PK-5, public