The main streets of the commercial area will have the higher traffic than the actual neighborhood streets. The additonal amenities that the commerical aspect brings to the community adds a small premium to the price of the residential homes. Unfortunately, in these communities the homes are packed so tightly on small lots, some buyers do not like to be so close to other homes. Other buyers like the "green" angle that they do not have to get in their cars to go to the store or restaurant, they can walk or ride a bike.
Overall, these communites are desireable to a large group of buyers and like the rest of the country, were hit by the recession as well.
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The Banner Team
Long & Foster Realtors
All the best!
Over all, generally buying in a mixed residentail/ commerial area does not fair well in the long term, primarily do to traffic patterns created by the commerial area. There are several area's in Gaitherburg your question could apply to so could you be more specific as to the subdivision your considering so I could better answer your question.
RE/MAX Realty Group