Gaithersburg

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Gaithersburg

Type of City and Homes Available: Gaithersburg, in the heart of Montgomery County with its fertile rolling land, has had rapid growth since 1960, when the population was about 4,000.

It has more than tripled its 1970 population and at the same time has retained its rural atmosphere. Benjamin Gaither built the first house here in 1802. The community was incorporated as a town in 1878 and as a city in 1968. It is in the middle of the 1-270 development corridor.

Citizens represent diverse life-styles: services, office, professional, scientific. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Geographic Society, a large IBM installation, plus other research and development firms.

A Center for Advanced Research is under way for the burgeoning area between Rockville and Gaithersburg, called by some "Biotech Valley." Single family home values range from $120,000 to $350,000; townhouses $60,000 to $300,000; condominiums from $50,000 to $130,000. Apartments rent from $700 to $1,200.

Tax Situation: Homes are assessed by state at 40%/$100 of fair market value.

Public Transportation: Shady Grove Metrorail Station on the southern fringe of the city links RockviUe, Bethesda, Friendship Heights, downtown Washington and Northern Virginia. MARC commuter rail to Washington, DC, with station parking nearby. County-City RIDE-ON minibus service available throughout the city.

Public Facilities and Services: Electricity, gas, sewer and water to entire city. City provides once a month pick ups of bulky items, yard/garden clippings weekly, leaf collection, snow removal.

Garbage collection through independent contractors. Police force of 18 full-time officers supplements county police force of the Germantown district; fire, rescue and emergency medical service are provided by career personnel and volunteers at two stations with a mobile intensive care unit in this area.

Regional library with approximately 212,000 volumes including books in Chinese, French, German, Korean) Spanish, and Vietnamese; videocassettes; books or tape; 2 community rooms. Open 7 days aweek, with programs for all ages. Library information: (301) 840-2515.

Public Schools: Information: (301) 279-3700.

Private and Parochial Schools: I Catholic (K-8), I Montessori, 4 nursery-kindergarten.

Colleges: 2 Montgomery College campuses located just north (Germantown) and south (Rockville) of Gaithersburg, with 2-year credit, interest and transfer courses.

Places of Worship: 3 Apostolic, 3 Bapdst, 4 Catholic, 2 Charismatic, I Church of the Brethren, I Latter Day Saints, 2 Episcopal, 3 Independent, 5 Interdenominational, I Jehovah's Witnesses, 3 Lutheran, I Mennonite, I Methodist, I Nazarene, I Non-Denominational, I Pentecostal, 3 Presbyterian, 3 Synagogues, I Unitarian, I United Church of Christ, 6 United Methodist, 2 Unity.

Recreational Facilities: 13 local and neighborhood parks, run by MNCPPC, are located in the Gaithersburg area. City runs indoor-outdoor aquatic center, Community Center, athletic leagues and sports/toumaments.

Holiday Festival, Gaithersburg Old Town Days, arts and crafts show, aquatic events, senior citizen and teen clubs, teen center and Upcounty Senior Center, after school programs, summer playground program, multi-activity recreation program (age 3-5) with some cost, I senior lunch program at the senior center: (301) 258-6380. Information for city programs: (301) 258-6350.

Medical Facilities: Hospitals at Edward J. Fee, Jr. and Shady Grove. Many physicians and dentists. County health center, I nursing home. Gaithersburg Senior Center, with a hot lunch Monday through Friday. Information: (301) 258-6380.

Shopping: Lakeforest Mall, off 1-270, has over 100 stores; Rio at Washingtonian off 1-270. Several smaller shopping centers located throughout area.




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