About North Montgomery County- Frederick
The Frederick Historic District in the city’s downtown houses more than 200 retailers, restaurants and antique shops along Market, Patrick and East Streets. Restaurants feature a diverse array of cuisines, including Italian American, Thai, Vietnamese, and Cuban, as well as a number of regionally recognized dining establishments, such as Volt and The Tasting Room. Outside of the downtown area are chain dining establishments that comprise a typical suburban landscape (Famous Dave’s BBQ; The Olive Garden; Red Lobster; Denny’s; etc.) as well as several independently owned restaurants. In addition to retail and dining, downtown Frederick is home to 600 businesses and organizations totaling nearly 5,000 employees. A growing technology sector can be found in downtown’s historic renovated spaces, as well as in new office buildings located along Carroll Creek Park.
The housing stock of downtown Frederick is mostly composed of 19th- and 20th-century row housing and duplexes. The scale of this older part of the city is dense, with streets and sidewalks suitable for pedestrians, and a variety of shops and restaurants. Adjacent to downtown are many older communities composed of larger, detached housing built mostly in the early 20th century. Beyond that is housing from the mid-20th century and beyond, becoming suburban in character the further one travels out. The most extensive growth is to the south of the downtown area, including the business corridor along Maryland highway 85 (Buckeystown Pike) outside the city.
- Condos & Townhomes
- Foreclosures & Shortsales
- Single Family Home 200-350k
- Single Family Home 350-500k
- Single Family Home 500-650k
- Single Family Home 650k+
FPS ranks number one in the state of Maryland in the 2012 School Progress Index accountability data, which includes overall student performance, closing achievement gaps, student growth and college and career readiness. FPS holds the second-lowest dropout rate in the state of Maryland at 3.84%, with a graduation rate at 93.31%. In 2013, FPS’s SAT average combined mean score was 1538, which is 55 points higher than Maryland’s combined average of 1483 and 40 points higher than the nation’s average of 1498.
Dining and Shopping
The city’s main mall is the Francis Scott Key Mall. The Frederick Towne Mall is another mall in Frederick soon to be replaced with a Walmart. A popular downtown-Fredrick haunt for local diners and visitors alike, Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bartakes patrons on a culinary adventure of the Mediterranean, expertly pairing delicious Spanish plates with an exclusive, sought-after wine list. Located in the beautiful redbrick Hendrickson Building, originally constructed in 1888, Isabella’s warm, brick-walled interior adds to its authentically Mediterranean atmosphere while its tempting tapas plates are perfect for both lunchtime and evening dining.
The Frederick Arts Council is the designated arts organization for Frederick County. The organization is charged with promoting, supporting, and advocating the arts. There are over ten art galleries in downtown Frederick, and three theaters are located within 50 feet of each other (Cultural Arts Center, Weinberg Center for the Arts, and the Maryland Ensemble Theatre). Frederick is the home of The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, a leading non-profit in the region, as well as the Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Frederick has a community orchestra, the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, that performs five concerts per year consisting of classical masterpieces.
Parks and Recreation
Catoctin Creek Nature Center is situated amongst 138 acres of parkland located off of Sumantown Road, near Middletown and Jefferson, Maryland. As an educational facility, the Nature Center is equipped with classrooms, hands-on displays, live animal displays, a playground, pavilion, trails, and other amenities necessary to provide services to the public.
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