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Pros and Cons of Living in Walkersville | Affordable Places to Live in Maryland

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

If you're on the hunt for an affordable place nestled in Frederick County, you've likely stumbled upon the charming town of Walkersville. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the upsides and downsides of residing in Walkersville, Maryland, to help you make an informed decision about your next potential home.

Hey there, I'm Eddie Brady with Showcase Real Estate in Maryland. If you're new here, welcome! I delve into all things Maryland, from ideal living spots to market updates and top-notch neighborhoods. If you prefer listening over reading, then click on the video version above!

Walkersville's Location

Situated in Frederick County, on the northeast side of Frederick City, Walkersville is a hidden gem conveniently located along Route 194. A short 12-minute drive from downtown Frederick, it offers proximity to major cities—approximately 50 minutes from Baltimore and a little over an hour from Washington DC. Route 194, also known as Woodsboro Pike, carries historical significance, dating back to the 19th century as a toll road, with one of the old toll houses still standing as a historical relic.

Tranquil Living in Walkersville

Present-day Walkersville boasts a population of around 6,000 residents, steadily increasing over time. Despite its modest size, Walkersville retains a more tranquil, rural ambiance—a notable draw for residents seeking a slower-paced lifestyle away from congestion.

Embracing the Rural Feel

The first major advantage of living in Walkersville is undoubtedly the rural feel it offers.

Surrounded by vast stretches of farmland, it really feels like you're hours from the nearest city when you take a turn down any of the backgrounds in this town.

If you're looking for peace and quiet without sacrificing being near all of the essentials, then you should seriously consider Walkersville as a spot to move to.

Affordable Housing and Options

Another significant factor influencing the influx of residents is the favorable home prices. With a median price of $395,000, Walkersville presents a substantial price difference compared to neighboring Frederick which is at over $460,000, making it an attractive option for those eyeing affordability without compromising on location.

Diverse Housing Market

The town boasts a diverse housing market, offering options from 19th-century farm homes to newer colonials and ranchers from the 60s and 70s, catering to various preferences.

Historic Home Walkersville Maryland


On the educational front, Walkersville is a part of the highly rated Frederick County

Walkersville High School Maryland

school system, earning B or B+ ratings for its elementary, middle, and high schools according to

Unlike many spots in Frederick County where there can be a significant commute to a school, Walkersville schools are within a short trip of all the residents here.

Proximity to Essential Amenities

Despite its quaint charm, Walkersville's proximity to essential amenities in nearby Frederick is a major plus. Within a 10-minute drive, residents have access to a range of shopping centers and dining options.

Nearby Market Square in the Wormans Mill area has a ton of options including, but not limited to, a Walmart Supercenter, Wegmans Grocery Store, Giant Grocery Store, HomeGoods, PetSmart, Lowes, Marshalls, At Home, Panera, Starbucks, Dunkin, Chipotle, Coal Fire Pizza, iHop, Chik Fil A, and Subway.

There’s also a massive gym called Onelife Fitness and an Urgent Care Center. And these are not even half of the retail locations in this small area right near Walkersville.

Acknowledging the Downsides

However, it's important to acknowledge the downsides. Walkersville's downtown area might lack the vibrant charm seen in larger towns. While it offers some small shops and services, it might not satisfy those seeking an active downtown culture.

Commuting Challenges

Moreover, commuting to major employment hubs like Baltimore, DC, or Southern Montgomery County can be time-consuming due to traffic. Expect to be in the car for well over an hour to most of these places.

Frederick County Maryland TransIT Bus

Also, public transportation options are limited, posing a challenge for those reliant on public transit. There is ONE bus route that operates Monday through Saturday and will take you to Frederick. Which from there you could hop on the MARC train system. But on Sundays you’re out of luck.

Pros Outweigh Cons

Nevertheless, despite these cons, the pros of Walkersville, particularly its affordable housing, rural charm, and proximity to essential amenities, outweigh the drawbacks. With ongoing growth and development trends, the town may see further enhancements in amenities and activities, catering to the evolving needs of its residents.

Connect with Walkersville

If Walkersville or the surrounding areas have caught your interest, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to assist you in making your move here or anywhere else in Maryland!

Click here to schedule a quick call with me or reach out through whichever is easiest for you below:

Eddie Brady, REALTOR

Cell: 301-395-0815

Office: 301-648-6000

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