Crown Looks to Capitalize on Lack of Restaurants in the Gaithersburg Area

By: Brian S. Last night, Town & Country Movers attended “Taste of Crown” at the brand new Crown development in Gaithersburg, MD. As mentioned in a previous post “The New Suburbia“, the entire development covers over 180 acres, and looks to fill over 260,000 square feet of commercial retail. The three current builders, KB Home, Pulte Homes, and M/I Homes showed off models of their phase one town homes. Starting in the mid 500′s and reaching upwards of $700,000 (depending on what finishes are chosen), the town homes have drawn attention from not only people looking to downsize (relatively), but from first-time home buyers as well.   The goal of the event, which catered to real estate agents and contractors alike, was not only to showcase the homes, but to give a glimpse into the various restaurants that will fill Downtown Crown. Asia Nine, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, [...]

By |2018-04-10T21:38:29-04:00November 20th, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments

A Little Southern Hospitality in D.C. (Adams Morgan)

By Brian S. Perched atop the oh-so-eclectic 18th street in the heart of Adams Morgan, bar/restaurant Southern Hospitality (a.k.a. Soho) is bringing a little Southern comfort to the city of Washington D.C. One of the first (of soon to be many) establishments looking to “civilize” the notoriously rowdy neighborhood , Soho, which opened in 2012 caters to all crowds, from the Howard University Alumni Club, to young professional families, to Monday Night Football devotees. The Soho staff was strategic in picking the pineapple as a logo: It’s a symbol of hospitality. If it’s raining, they’ll search high and low to equip you with an umbrella on your way out the door; and after just 3 visits, the whole staff knew my name. In a city where it’s difficult to get a friendly wave from a passing jogger, such warmth is refreshing. Ambiance. Check. Service. Check. But what about the food? Full disclosure: [...]

By |2018-04-10T21:38:29-04:00October 31st, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments

The New Suburbia- Gaithersburg Crown

By: Brian S. Since the late 1940′s, a shift in traditional suburban living has taken place. A shift that is bringing city-living to what were once quite neighborhood streets. Planned Unit Developments (PUD’s), which incorporate residential, recreational, commercial, and industrial aspects into one contained development, have become extremely appealing to buyers… and therefore developers. And it makes sense; you get the convenience of city-living with the comfort (and often times safety) of a suburban neighborhood. Washington D.C. has long been known as a commuter city. High crime rates (although declining), poor schools, and high cost of living are three main reasons people, typically families, flee to places like Northern Virginia and Maryland. Take the new Crown Development in Gaithersburg; occupying 180 acres, the development is said to house a mixture of town-homes, single-family detached homes, multi-family units and over 260,000+ square feet of commercial use. The development will take place [...]

By |2018-04-10T21:38:29-04:00October 1st, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments

Rock On JBG

By Brian S. Chevy Chase based development firm, The JBG Cos. has been very busy leaving their mark on what has been described as the center of D.C.’s music scene. The U Street Corridor has undergone pretty significant changes over the past 20 years, and there are no signs of slowing down. Close to completing a 268-unit mixed-use apartment complex at 14th & U (complete with a Trader Joe’s), and plans for a 135-unit mixed-use apartment complex at 13th & U (across from U Street Metro Station), JBG has also just broken ground on a two building mixed-use project that will boast a total of 375 residential units and close to 24,000 square feet of retail space located right next to the 930 Club (see rendering above). Through the first half of the 20th century, U Street was defined by its rich music culture. Somewhere along the way, U Street [...]

By |2018-04-10T21:38:29-04:00September 26th, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments

Don’t Get Your Lederhosen in a Bunch- Frederick, MD Oktoberfest!

By: Brian S. Can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year?? Don’t worry, the city of Frederick is bringing Germany to Maryland!! This weekend (Saturday & Sunday), the Frederick Fair Grounds will transform into a big “Volkfest” (folk festival). Oh, and if you wear an authentic Dirndl or Lederhosen, your admission is free! The Food: On the menu is everything you would hope for from a traditional German festival… Bratwursts, sauerbraten, sauerkraut, pretzels and of course, strudel. The Entertainment: The festival will feature traditional Volksmusik (think polka and waltz). There will also be traditional Bavarian dancers and audience participation is encourage! Afraid you’ll miss out on all the football action? You can still keep up with your favorite team in the grounds’ football tent. The tent will feature 2 big screen projection TV’s (with sound)… pair that with a cool Hefeweizen and you’ll be yodeling your teams name! The [...]

By |2018-04-10T21:38:29-04:00September 24th, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments


By: Brian S. Sitting at the site of the old convention center, on 10 acres of prime downtown real estate, CityCenterDC may as well have it’s own zip code. Encompassing all aspects of city living, CityCenter will boast retail (259,000sqft), office (515,000sqft), apartments (458 units), condominiums (216 units), a 350 room hotel, and 1.5 acres of public space. One of the largest downtown developments of any city in the U.S., CityCenterDC will feature nearly 60 stores, restaurants, and cafes; residents won’t have to leave this city within a city! Oh, and did we mention the entire development has received a Gold certification for LEED© Neighborhood Development? Breaking it Down: The development consists of 6 buildings. In order from West to East; 2 for offices, 2 for apartments, and 2 for condos. Retail will fill all 4 sides of each parcel and cover the first two floors. You still with me? [...]

By |2018-04-10T21:38:30-04:00September 3rd, 2013|New in the Neighborhood|0 Comments