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Living in Urbana Maryland | A Locals Guide

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Are you considering a move to Urbana, Maryland? Join me as I reveal the ins and outs of this vibrant neighborhood and why it's one of Maryland's most sought-after places to call home. If you prefer to listen over reading, check out the video below.

A Neighborhood That Feels Like a City

Let's start by clarifying one thing: Urbana isn't an independent city; it's a neighborhood nestled within Frederick, Maryland. But don't let that mislead you—Urbana is a bustling hub that gives off a distinct city-like vibe. Complete with a public library and a ton of amenities, it's no surprise that residents proudly identify Urbana as their city.

Urbana Regional Library

Located along Interstate 270, Urbana offers an ideal commute for professionals heading to Downtown Frederick, Montgomery County, or Washington, D.C. With easy access to major hubs, it's a commuter's paradise, allowing a swift 10-minute drive to Frederick and an hour's reach to D.C.

Why Urbana Maryland Ranks Among the Best

Urbana High School Maryland
Urbana High School

Urbana has garnered praise for its exceptional quality of life. Ranked as the top place to live in Frederick County and 13th best in Maryland, its accolades are well-deserved.'s ratings highlight Urbana's strong points: A+ for public schools, B+ for housing, and a family-friendly environment. While the cost of living may be slightly higher, Urbana's outdoor activities and top-notch schools make it a standout choice.

Real Estate Insights

Villages of Urbana, Maryland

The Urbana real estate market offers a mix of townhouses and single-family homes which are mostly less than 20 years old, with some developments under 5 years old. Inventory of homes for sale here is at an all-time low, and even in a balanced market, it has fewer homes available than surrounding areas.

The appeal of Urbana lies in its spacious homes, amenities, and family-centric environment, keeping demand high and pushing prices upward. If you're looking for a home here, you will need to be ready to jump at any opportunity that pops up.

New Developments: Stone Barn Village

Stone Barn Village Urbana

This newest Village of Urbana is on the west side of rt 355 and is a massive addition to the original Villages. There are luxury single-family homes here built by Dan Ryan Builders, NV Homes, Ryan Homes, Dream Finders Homes, and Main Street Homes. Most homes here are less than 5 years old and they had no problem selling all of the homesites here throughout the development. If you're looking for the newest homes in Urbana, this is the place to search!

New Developments: The Woodlands for 55+

Woodlands 55+ Urbana

For those seeking a 55+ community—the Woodlands in Urbana offers brand-new homes catering to this demographic. Crafted by NV Homes, these residences boast smart features, ranging from 2 to 6 bedrooms, and sizes varying from 1,766 to 4,271 square feet.

These homes are also in high demand and are selling quickly. Their first release of Woodlands condos is completely sold out, and the single-family homes will be soon.

Beyond Homes: Urbana's Amenities

Akira Ramen

Urbana isn't just about homes; it's a community teeming with amenities. Recent developments near I-270 bring an array of dining options, from Akira Ramen to Big Greek Cafe, Chipotle, Panera, and Little Cakes and Creamery. That's on top of dozens and dozens of original restaurants, shops and local services.

Urbana's walking and biking paths are another attracion to this community, with every neighborhood interconnected. You'll always see residents running, walking, and biking through the Villages. There are also really nice communty pools spread throughout the Villages which are a big hit throughout the summer.

Urbana: Your Ideal Neighborhood

Urbana checks all the boxes for a thriving, convenient lifestyle. Whether it's the abundance of amenities, the dining scene, or the community's commitment to health and well-being, Urbana has it all. Positioned close to major cities yet offering a distinct neighborhood feel, it's a prime choice for those considering a move to Maryland.

If Urbana has piqued your interest or if you're exploring nearby cities, I'm here to guide you through the process. Reach out to me to kickstart your journey to finding your ideal home in Urbana!

Eddie Brady, REALTOR

Cell: 301-395-0815

Office: 301-648-6000

Eddie Brady with Showcase Real Estate, LLC

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