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Why Buy a House in Frederick Maryland?
In July of 1864, the town of Frederick faced a crisis. They had just been given an ultimatum from Confederate General Jubal Early as his troops marched through the town on their way to capture the capital city of Washington DC.
“Pay $200,000 or we burn your city to the ground,” the hand-delivered message read. Frederick Mayor William G. Cole and town officials tried to negotiate, saying that was too much to ask of a city their size, but the Confederates wouldn’t budge. Cole got five local banks to put up the money, which the townspeople delivered in wicker baskets.
Meanwhile, Early planned to quickly defeat the Union army at nearby Monocacy. Confederates forces outnumbered the Union army 3-1, but the underdogs fought valiantly.. The battle lasted all day, and though the Confederates did win, it took much longer than they had anticipated. Just enough extra time for Union reinforcements to get to Washington and save it from Confederate takeover.
Frederick Town, or Fredericktowne, as it was named when founded in 1745, is situated about 47 miles from Baltimore and 50 miles from Washington, DC. Early records are a bit fuzzy on just who the town was named for; it could have been honoring the 6th Baron Baltimore, Frederick Calvert, or possibly the Prince of Wales, Frederick Louis. The city’s history is closely tied to the founding of our country, located in one of the first 13 colonies and in close proximity to many of the major battles of both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Not only were Frederick soldiers involved in fighting the Battle of Monocacy, but they also went to Boston in protest of the Stamp Act, and aided George Washinton’s beleaguered army at Valley Forge. While the Civil War is known for pitting family members against one another, that was certainly the case in Frederick. Positioned in the crossroads of both the North and the South, both Union and Confederate recruiters tried to entice Frederick men to join their ranks. Many historic colonial houses remain from Revolutionary War times, now serving as museums, homes and businesses. You’ll see art deco architecture, too, from the city’s early industrial era. You can feel the strength of the city that both honors those who came before them and relishes the excitement of what’s new and fresh today.
Things to do in Frederick
Things to do in Frederick
Frederick residents experience the glorious changes of all four seasons. Winters are cold but comparatively mild, with a low of 23 degrees F and an average 23 inches of snow annually. It’s typically just enough snow for some sledding and skiing, but not so much that you have to dig your car out every day.
The area bursts into bloom in the spring, when crocuses and daffodils peek through the ground, and yes, the whites and pinks of cherry blossom trees. Though people equate cherry blossoms with Washington, DC,, you’ll see their splendor all around you in Frederick, too..
Summers are the cold-beverage-on-the-porch kind of days, with a high of 88 degrees F. Thankfully, it’s just a short drive from Frederick to cool off at Maryland’s lakes and beaches. Pop into one of Frederick’s many craft breweries for ice-cold tastings, or visit a local dairy farm for homemade ice cream.
But perhaps nothing is as spectacular as autumn in Frederick. Just imagine that you will live where others come to visit to see the leaves explode into fiery reds, oranges and golds.
When you live in Frederick, whether in the city or a surrounding neighborhood, history is everywhere you turn. Civil War buffs will want to visit Monocacy Battlefield just a few miles south of the city. Antietam Battlefield is a 30-minute drive northwest, and Gettysburg is just over the Pennsylvania line, about 40 minutes from Frederick.
In the city of Frederick, take one of the walking tours that will tell you about noted places in the town’s history. Find out how they saved lives on the battlefield at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine or its walking tour.
Francis Scott Key was born in Frederick County, and you can visit his boyhood home as well as his grave. In Emmitsburg, visit the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first saint born in America. On your way, look up to the mountains for the larger-than-life, Our Lady of Lourdes National Shrine Grotto. You need not be Catholic or religious to appreciate its beauty and meditative surroundings, chapel, cave and gardens.
For hiking and biking, explore the Civil War trails, the Appalachian Trail, the C&O Canal or any of the great local and state parks. Baker Park downtown is an easy way to get outdoors if you work in the city. Cunningham Falls State Park has stunning overlooks of the huge valley as well as a sandy beach and lifeguarded lake.
Frederick is about 47 miles from Baltimore and 50 miles from Washington, DC. It’s an accessible city, so people drive in regularly from surrounding neighborhoods to shop, be entertained, and dine among the scenery that George Washington described as “one of the prettiest valleys I’ve ever seen. The Chesapeake Bay and Annapolis are about an hour's drive from Frederick, and Ocean City, MD is a three-hour drive.
The City of Frederick had a population of 70,887 as of 2019, with a median household income of $76,118.
Outside of the city itself, which is still referred to as Frederick or Frederick County, the population was 279,831 as of June 2021. The median household income was $100,685.
Frederick’s real estate market is very competitive. As of February 2022, the median sale price of single family homes was $540,000. Most homes receive multiple offers that average about 2% above list price, and are pending within 6 days. Homes in highly sought after areas may receive multiple offers as much as 6% above list price, and are pending in 3 days.
Outside of the city, but still in Frederick County, the median price of a single family home was $550,000. However, there are some single-family homes for sale in the low $200Ks, that are typically older and smaller, but what they lack in size and amenities they make up in character. And of course, homes priced over $1M are available as well.
The percent of the population that is white alone, not Hispanic or Latino, is 71.7%, while Blacks or African Americans alone are 10.7%. Hispanics or Latinos are 10.5%; Asians alone are 5%; those who are two or more races are 3.1%; American Indian and Alaska natives alone are 0.5%; and those who are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders alone are 0.1% of the population.
As for education, 92.6% of persons age 25 or older have high school diplomas or the equivalent, and 41.7% of those age 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Arts in Frederick
Arts in Frederick
Free outdoor concerts are offered on many summer evenings. Festivals occur year-round, and Restaurant Week takes place several times a year, with multiple-course meals at special prices. When the sun goes down, the nightlife continues in downtown Frederick.
The City of Frederick has a vibrant restaurant scene, serving authentic tacos, tapas and a huge variety of other gastronomic experiences to suit every palate. Dine inside or al fresco overlooking the city’s Carroll Creek Park, named one of the top 30 urban parks in the country. Pick up lunch or dinner downtown and picnic in the park.
Schools in Frederick
Schools in Frederick
Many students start their college education at Frederick Community College, which offers over 85 degree and certificate programs and credits that transfer to four-year colleges. Hood College is a private school of about 2,000 local, national and international students, and the University of Maryland is also nearby. Frederick also has a campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf, which serves deaf and hard-of-hearing elementary, middle and high school students and families.
The pioneering spirit of the people who built Frederick is still evident today. Its residents care about their city and have worked hard to solve problems, including an ambitious revitalization of the downtown beginning in 2013, Unique shops, restaurants, distilleries and breweries now line Market Street which, along with the historic district, goes on for 50 blocks.
Frederick offers the best of all experiences: a busy city showcasing history, arts, entertainment, food, beverages, running, biking, hiking all in an area that’s easy to navigate. Yet, its ideal location puts you in position to explore the rest of Maryland, DC, and coastal beaches just a few hours’ drive in either direction.
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