- Location. Potomac is closer-in to primary work centers (D.C., Bethesda, Northern VA) which add value
- Housing Stock. With very few exceptions, homes in Darnestown are on 2+ acre lots since they all have private well and septic systems -- there are no townhomes here. This is the same for 'Potomac Outside' -- roughly the are in Potomac west of Piney Meeting House Rd. Homes in Potomac on larger lots tend to be larger and more extravagant.
- Cache and Schools - Potomac (zip 20854) is one of the most affluent zip codes in the region - and the country for that matter. It has some of the highest performing schools in the area which also makes homes here desirable.
I like Darnestown a lot. Homes are on large lots, but it still has a very strong sense of community. Compared to Potomac, a home buyer can definitely get more home for the money here.
Good luck -- I don't think you can go wrong with either location. Also - you should take a look at North Potomac which is adjacent to Darnestown and Potomac.
Darnestown - http://mocorealestate.com/darnestown/
North Potomac - http://mocorealestate.com/northpotomac/
Potomac - http://mocorealestate.com/potomac/
Hope this helps and please let me know any questions.
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Darnestown is a very similar community but because it does not have it's own zip code it is often mistaken when people search for homes (all Darnestown zip codes are actually Gaithersburg or Germantown even though Darnesotnw has very defined and recognized borders). Property values in both Germantown and Gaithersburg vary WIDELY, as do the school ratings, crime rates and property values.
For example, I live in Darnestown, but my zip code is the same as houses in nearby Germantown. Many home search websites cannot distinguish between Germantown and Darnestown even though there is a significant price difference and lifestyle difference.
Hope this helps.
Another big issue is rating the high schools. Montgomery County is a County system and the county decides where the children go to school. With the over development of the Gaithersburg area, it was decided by the MCPS system to bus the Darnestown students to Northwest High School in Germantown, when they used to attend Quince Orchard High School closer to our community and the residents helped build. When a new high school is built in Montgomery County the students will all be reassigned that border it. Montgomery County schools are some of the highest rated schools in the country. People seem to judge a school by what per cent attend college. Northwest may not have as high a percentage attending college due to income levels but it is an excellent school. I have not had one family send their children there and not be pleased with their education. One family just told us proudly their daughter is going to Princeton. So if you are moving here get your realtor to show you both acreage areas and you decide which is the community for you.
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What I would suggest is maybe find a fixer upper or a smaller home and rebuild new or rehab. I specialize in renovation mortgages and construction loans. It a great way to get a good equity position and a good deal depending on your taste:)
The pricing of anything is always associated to the law of "supply and demand." Simply stated, if buyers weren't willing to pay the higher price, sellers would be forced to make an adjustment.
Without knowing the area, one could only speculate that there are desirable features that are attracting buyers to pay the higher price in Potomac. This could be related to location, proximity to employment, amenities, social, recreational, & cultural opportunities etc. Buyers are often quite willing to pay a little more for a higher quality of living that one location offers over another.
Hope this is helpful.