The District vs. The Suburbs: Which is Better?

It’s all about “location, location, location” in real estate. For many home buyers in the Washington, DC Metro area, finding the right house is less about the features and more about the convenience — Is it close to great schools? Grocery stores? Fun things to do?

Both the city and the suburbs have neighborhoods with ideal locations. Choosing the right location comes down to the amenities you prefer. Here’s a quick comparison between city and suburban life to help you decide where to buy a home in the DC Metro area.

people walking in Washington, DC

In DC, You Don’t Need a Car

Public transit is readily available in Washington, DC. It’s easy to catch the bus, ride the Metro, or walk everywhere. But in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, you will likely need a car to drive to grocery stores, parks, and restaurants.

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In the Suburbs, Homes are Larger

What the suburbs lack in convenience they make up in space. Homes in the DC suburbs offer much more space — both inside and out — making them ideal for entertaining. 12512 Palatine Court in Potomac (pictured above), for instance, is a home that has 7,986 square feet, 5 full bathrooms, and 3 half bathrooms. It’s located in the Palatine community.

national landmark in DC

In DC, There’s Always Something to Do

Living in Washington, DC means living just steps from shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife, in addition to all of the Smithsonian museums and national monuments. The suburban lifestyle focuses on peace and quiet; the attractions are spread out and the events aren’t as numerous.

However, the hustle and bustle of the city and the crowds of tourists can make living in DC frustrating. The suburbs offer a breath of fresh air (and more tranquil state parks) for residents who are tired of the city.

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In the Suburbs, Neighborhoods Offer More Amenities

From private golf courses to equestrian centers, suburban communities in the DC Metro area have plenty of resort-style amenities just for residents. Potomac’s Avenel neighborhood, for instance, has 3 pools, a championship golf course (host of the 2017 Quicken Loans National), and bridle paths.

If you’re eager to live in the suburbs, find out which communities are the best Potomac, Maryland neighborhoods and which communities have the best amenities.

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Searching for your dream home in the DC Metro area? Our team of real estate experts can help you find a home in a neighborhood you’ll love. Call us at 301.775.4196.

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