Public Transportation: Bus & Rail
Walk Score: 16
Grocery Store(s): Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter
Local High School: Winston Churchill
Potomac, Md. is about as opposite of a place as there can be from central DC. Potomac is a beautiful secluded community where a car is a must in order to get around. Instead of row houses and condos tightly packed into small blocks, this suburb is dotted with massive houses that sit on vast plots of land.
Two years ago, CNN ranked the community as the fourth most affluent in the U.S., and Forbes magazine has touted it as one of the ten best-educated areas in the country. Potomac is home to famous area residents such as Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, among other wealthy DC luminaries.
In contrast to other Montgomery County suburbs like Bethesda or Silver Spring, where the housing inventory has grown over many decades and therefore includes a range of sizes and prices, homes in Potomac tend to be newer and much larger. Potomac’s reputation for having enormous houses, with accompanying price tags that can easily go north of $5 million, is not exaggerated. A drive through many of the subdivisions off of River Road, the main artery coming from Bethesda and DC, can be jaw dropping. Many of the houses resemble castles in both architectural design and size, most of which sit on large, well-groomed plots of land in quiet neighborhoods.
Potomac residents are attracted not only to the area’s striking housing inventory, but also its serenity and family friendly atmosphere. Potomac’s family orientation is one of the key things residents tout about the area. The community has some of the best public schools in the region, and it’s also very close to many natural parks and preserves, including Great Falls park along the Potomac River, Scotts Run Nature Preserve, and Cabin John Park.
Potomac Village, a small collection of shopping centers at the crossroads of River and Falls Roads, forms the heart of the community. One of the more convenient commercial areas within Potomac, The Village can meet most residents’ everyday needs with two grocery stores, two drugstores, a few banks, a hardware store, dry cleaners, fish store, eyeglasses shop, and a Starbucks.