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

$471,800 Average Price
1,520Avg Home Size
1970Avg Year Built

Owners vs Renters

Local vs National Home Values

Zillow Home Value Index $467,100 $178,700
Median Single Family Home Value $534,400 $178,200
Median Condo Value $401,200 $183,400
Median 2-Bedroom Home Value $344,500 $138,200
Median 3-Bedroom Home Value $440,800 $172,400
Median 4-Bedroom Home Value $591,500 $289,900
Percent Homes Decreasing 36% 32.4%
Percent Listing Price Reduction 13.1% 11.4%
Median List Price Per Sq Ft $293 $114
Median List Price $449,000 $214,900
Median Sale Price $471,800 $203,700
Homes For Sale 0 0
Homes Recently Sold 0 0
Property Tax $4,585 $2,124
Turnover (Sold Within Last Yr.) 4% 4%
Median Value Per Sq Ft $278 $119
1-Yr. Change 3.2% 4.9%
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

14107 FLINT ROCK TER Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 14107 FLINT ROCK TER, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8585577)
5 beds 3 baths $494,900
11800 OLD GEORGETOWN RD, Unit 1105 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 11800 OLD GEORGETOWN RD, Unit 1105, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8585568)
3 beds 2 baths 1,525 sqft $530,000
12109 HITCHING POST LN Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 12109 HITCHING POST LN, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8585346)
3 beds 3 baths $625,000
13422 KEATING ST Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 13422 KEATING ST, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8584867)
4 beds 2 baths $375,000
11800 OLD GEORGETOWN RD, Unit 1213 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 11800 OLD GEORGETOWN RD, Unit 1213, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8584828)
2 beds 2 baths 1,337 sqft $487,900
1 BLOOMINGDALE CT Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 1 BLOOMINGDALE CT, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8582527)
3 beds 4 baths 3,232 sqft $825,000
7279 MILLCREST TER, Unit 1-4 Rockville, MD 20855
Photo of 7279 MILLCREST TER, Unit 1-4, Rockville, MD 20855 (MLS # MC8584734)
3 beds 2 baths 2,284 sqft $224,900
4726 IRIS ST Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4726 IRIS ST, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8584703)
4 beds 3 baths $425,000
9902 BALD CYPRESS DR Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 9902 BALD CYPRESS DR, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8584672)
5 beds 4 baths $1,095,000
11805 ROCKING HORSE RD Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 11805 ROCKING HORSE RD, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8584641)
5 beds 2 baths $399,900
13909 CASTAWAY DR Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 13909 CASTAWAY DR, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8584416)
4 beds 3 baths $429,000
1711 PICCARD DR Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 1711 PICCARD DR, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8584333)
4 beds 4 baths 3,300 sqft $695,000
4403 JUPITER ST Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4403 JUPITER ST, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8583608)
5 beds 3 baths $364,900
14529 WOODCREST DR Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 14529 WOODCREST DR, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8584151)
4 beds 3 baths 2,664 sqft $459,900
4065 NORBECK SQUARE DR Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4065 NORBECK SQUARE DR, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8583776)
4 beds 4 baths $410,000
14009 FLINT ROCK RD Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 14009 FLINT ROCK RD, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8583730)
5 beds 4 baths $499,000
7106 MUNCASTER MILL RD, Unit 3 Rockville, MD 20855
Photo of 7106 MUNCASTER MILL RD, Unit 3, Rockville, MD 20855 (MLS # MC8583423)
4 beds 2 baths $495,000
4716 OXBOW RD Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 4716 OXBOW RD, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8583285)
4 beds 2 baths 1,940 sqft $419,000
9403 BLACKWELL RD, Unit 202 Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 9403 BLACKWELL RD, Unit 202, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8583074)
2 beds 2 baths 1,531 sqft $465,000
7400 ALGONA CT Rockville, MD 20855
Photo of 7400 ALGONA CT, Rockville, MD 20855 (MLS # MC8582984)
5 beds 4 baths $639,000

Sold Listings in Rockville

500 Azalea Dr #40 Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 500 Azalea Dr #40, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8550925)
4 beds 3 baths 1,728 sqft $363,000
13508 Grenoble Dr Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 13508 Grenoble Dr, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8558951)
4 beds 2 baths $280,000
11419 Commonwealth Dr #204 Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 11419 Commonwealth Dr #204, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8559351)
1 bed 1 bath 845 sqft $299,000
4933 Melinda Ct Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4933 Melinda Ct, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8544127)
5 beds 3 baths 2,012 sqft $460,000
4716 Wyaconda Rd Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 4716 Wyaconda Rd, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8557733)
3 beds 2 baths $371,500
16508 Redland Rd Rockville, MD 20855
Photo of 16508 Redland Rd, Rockville, MD 20855 (MLS # MC8553288)
4 beds 4 baths $430,000
11209 Stephalee Ln Rockville, MD 20852
3 beds 2 baths $900,000
557 Monet Dr Rockville, MD 20850
4 beds 3 baths $507,000
13507 Turkey Branch Pkwy Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 13507 Turkey Branch Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8551084)
4 beds 2 baths $325,000
4705 Adrian St Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4705 Adrian St, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8550120)
4 beds 3 baths $370,000
516 Casey Ln Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 516 Casey Ln, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8549821)
4 beds 4 baths $572,000
13505 Oriental St Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 13505 Oriental St, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8548019)
5 beds 3 baths $422,000
12305 Espalier Pl Rockville, MD 20854
Photo of 12305 Espalier Pl, Rockville, MD 20854 (MLS # MC8548420)
4 beds 3 baths 2,988 sqft $652,500
4005 Southend Rd Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 4005 Southend Rd, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8548956)
3 beds 2 baths $379,000
10922 Brewer House Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 10922 Brewer House, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8548694)
3 beds 4 baths $685,000
800 Grand Champion Dr #12-204-R Rockville, MD 20850
2 beds 2 baths 1,793 sqft $472,000
11705 Ibsen Dr Rockville, MD 20852
Photo of 11705 Ibsen Dr, Rockville, MD 20852 (MLS # MC8547575)
3 beds 3 baths 2,260 sqft $750,000
725 Carr Ave Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 725 Carr Ave, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8547673)
3 beds 1 bath $400,000
908 Oak Knoll Ter Rockville, MD 20850
Photo of 908 Oak Knoll Ter, Rockville, MD 20850 (MLS # MC8544496)
3 beds 3 baths $760,000
12700 Caldwell St Rockville, MD 20853
Photo of 12700 Caldwell St, Rockville, MD 20853 (MLS # MC8543793)
3 beds 2 baths $330,000

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