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Is Living In Olney Maryland Right For You?

Updated: Feb 22

If you're looking for a suburb close to DC that is hidden from the top 10 lists, you've come to the right place. Hi, I'm Eddie Brady, a Realtor® with Showcase Real Estate, LLC here in Maryland. Below I'll share some quick facts about living in Olney, Maryland, to help you determine if it's the right fit for you. If you'd prefer to watch over read, check out the video!

Olney Maryland Location

NSA Fort Meade

Olney, a town of just over 35,000 residents, is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. It sits conveniently at the intersection of 97 and Route 108, making it about 30 minutes from downtown DC, 35 minutes to downtown Baltimore, 25 minutes from Fort Meade, and roughly 45 minutes from Annapolis. This is without traffic and you'll run into significant rush hour traffic if you leave during heavy commuting hours.

Public Transportation

Unlike some parts of Montgomery County, Olney relies primarily on bus services for public transportation. If you're considering commuting to DC or surrounding areas, having a personal vehicle is often more convenient. You can take the bus over to the Metro station and travel to DC that way, but keep in mind this is the slowest possible way to commute there.

Roots Market Olney

Amenities and Services

Olney might be a suburban town, but it offers surprising amenities. Grocery stores like Safeway, Harris Teeter, and Roots Organic Market are conveniently located within the town. With 39 restaurants, including highly-rated local spots, you'll have plenty of dining options. Health services are well-covered, with an actual hospital, MedStar Health, within Olney.

Olney Golf Park

Recreation and Outdoor Activities

Olney is not just about daily conveniences; it also offers recreational options. The town boasts the Olney Theater, one of two state-run theaters for live performances. For outdoor enthusiasts, Olney has parks like Olney Manor Recreational Park, offering a variety of facilities from a dog park to tennis courts. Additionally, there's the Olney Golf Park, equipped with a covered driving range and a dedicated short-game practice area.

Olney Maryland Schools

For families with children, schools are a crucial consideration. Olney is part of the Montgomery County public school system, known for its high-rated high schools. However, it's important to note that Olney is divided into three school clusters, each sending students to different high schools like McGruder, Sherwood, or James Hubert Blake. The area is also home to Good Counsel High School, a well-regarded private institution.

Good Counsel High School

Real Estate Market

If you're considering making Olney your home, it's essential to understand the real estate market. The town offers a mix of condos, townhouses, and single-family detached homes. At the time of this writing, condos range from the mid-100s to mid-300s, townhouses from the low 300s to mid-600s, and single-family homes from the mid-500s to just under 2 million. The real estate market in Olney is competitive, given its proximity to DC, making it a highly desirable area.

Whether you're drawn to Olney for its suburban feel, wide-open spaces, or proximity to major cities, understanding its unique features is crucial. If you're considering a move to Olney or have any questions about Montgomery County, feel free to reach out to me. I'm here to help you navigate the real estate market and make your move as smooth as possible. Thanks for reading!

Eddie Brady, REALTOR

Cell: 301-395-0815

Office: 301-648-6000

Eddie Brady with Showcase Real Estate, LLC

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