If you live, work and play in Montgomery County, yet enjoy a community that is a little more laid-back, Damascus is worth checking out. With a population of just over 15,000, and surrounding neighborhoods of larger lot size, the area attracts those looking for country living with the convenience of nearby city amenities of southern Montgomery County and Washington D.C.
At the northern end of the county, Damascus is an easy commute to not only southern Montgomery County, but also Frederick, Howard, and Carroll Counties. The major routes in and out of Damascus are Rt. 27, or Ridge Road; Rt. 108, or Damascus Road; and Rt. 124, or Woodfield Road. I-70 is a quick five miles north at the southern border of Mt. Airy Maryland.
Although Damascus is still a rural community with small-town charm, it has "grown up" over the last two decades. Residents enjoy all the major amenities that one needs for daily living. Grocery Stores include Weis Markets and Safeway. There are several restaurants, like Chipotle Grill and Hornets Nest Grille, and many fast food places, and local favorites, including the Music Cafe, and the beloved Jimmie Cone, a long-time favorite ice cream shop.
Other conveniences include the Damascus Branch Library , Fire Department - Company 13, medical offices including doctors and dentists, banks, car repair, salons, and all the usual services residents need.
There are several local parks, including Damascus Recreational Park on Kings Valley Road, a 284-acre park features tennis courts, baseball, soccer & cricket fields & picnic shelters. Nearby is Little Bennett Park, a favorite of horse riders for it's trails, and Little Bennett Golf Course.
Damascus schools rank well among Montgomery County schools, with winning sports teams and excellent academics. Damascus High School is well-known for its championship athletic teams, the Swarmin' Hornets. Damascus is fortunate to have a large, well-administered local athletic program, Damascus Sports Association (DSA) which supports all types of athletics in the younger ages. When teens reach the high school age, they have been already been coached and prepared at a high level.
Real estate in Damascus is among the most affordable in Montgomery County. Average single-family homes sold for $464,165 during the summer of 2017; average townhouse prices were$276,558. The average price for condominiums was $149,900. There are currently 29 single-family homes, 7 townhouses, 1 condo, and 1 mobile home on the market. Damascus is one of the few locations in Montgomery County where mobile homes are allowed by zoning laws.
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