rated North Potomac #1 for the Best Places to Live in Maryland, #1 for Best Place to Raise a Family in Maryland, and #1 for Best Suburbs of Washington D.C. in 2021.

We explore my TOP 5 North Potomac Neighborhoods and go through it all! Price point, HOA/or not, amenities, etc.

North Potomac is in Montgomery County with a population of 23,914. North Potomac was created in 1988 from the peripheral fringes of GaithersburgPotomac, and Rockville, and lies parallel to the Potomac River. It is located between Gaithersburg and Potomac but is legally a part of Gaithersburg.

Major shopping areas include Potomac Valley, Travilah Square and Traville Gateway.  Other shopping/restaurant areas near North Potomac include Kentlands, Crown and  Rio in Gaithersburg, and King Farm and Fallsgrove in Rockville.

1- Stonebridge

Stonebridge is a very popular neighborhood in North Potomac that includes close to 800 homes built mostly between 1985-1990 but you will find some homes built up to the year 2000. The homes vary in styles from Colonials to Split Levels, all with 2 car garages. Bedrooms range from 4-5, bathrooms 2-4. The square footage ranges from 2140 up to 3550 for living space. This does not include the basements. The price range for Stonebridge homes range from $850,000 up to $1,100,000 for the bigger models. The lot sizes range from approx 8000 sq ft up to 16,000 sq ft. 

Stonebridge does have an HOA which costs $560- $795 a Year which includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, recreation fields, ClubRoom, two playgrounds and two lakes. The community is home to the award-winning Stonebridge Sharks Swim Team, which is part of the Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL). Most homes in Stonebridge are assigned to Wootton High School, Cabin John Middle School and Stone Mill Elementary School. Always verify a home’s school assignment directly with MCPS. Stonebridge is one of the closer in North Potomac neighborhoods which can be a big plus if you are commuting to Washington D.C. or Bethesda.

2- Dufief Mill and Dufief Mill Estates

Dufief Mill and Dufief Mill estates are mostly single family homes built between 1985-1990. Dufief Mill is one of the most popular neighborhoods in North Potomac.

Most homes are Colonials with 4-5 Bedrooms, 2-4 bathrooms, 2 car garages with lots averaging around 1/4 acre. Square footage for Dufief Mill homes range from 1878 up to 3871 of living space. This doesn’t include basements. Home prices in Dufief Mill range from $800,000 up to $950,000, although this past year there have been a few that have escalated past that up to $1,268,000.

There is an HOA that costs    either $75-$85/quarter for Dufief Mill or $117-$142/quarter for Dufief Mill Estates. The Dufief Mill HOA includes basketball courts, common grounds, tot lots/playground, trash removal. The Dufief Mill Estates HOA includes tot lots, common area, snow and trash removal. Another advantage of Dufief Mill Estates is being near several shopping centers such as Rio Washingtonian Center, Fallsgrove and Travilah Square, with all of the conveniences at your disposal.

 Most homes in Dufief Mill are assigned to Wootton High School, Cabin John or Robert Frost Middle School and Stone Mill or Travilah Elementary School. Always verify a home’s school assignment directly with MCPS.

Residents to Dufief Mill and Dufief Mill Estates are welcome to join the Westleigh Recreation club. 

*Westleigh Recreation Club is a private pool, tennis & pickleball club open for membership. Our full size pool has competitive swimming lanes and diving boards, a shallow area for splash and play, and a separate toddler pool. We also have a sunny pool deck to and a shaded, grassy picnic area.

In addition to our swimming and diving programs, we have tennis, pickleball, basketball, volleyball, gaga pit, and a 9 hole disc golf course. Our outdoor tennis & pickleball courts are lighted and accessible year-round. Westleigh organizes various social activities through out the year. As a member our facilities are available for rent to host your next event. The clubhouse is a unique space, ideal for parties, meetings, or any occasion that is just too big for your own home. Membership runs from $385 for an individual up to $625 for a family.

3- Westleigh

Westleigh, located off Dufief Mill Road is a very desirable community situated near Muddy Branch Park just off the major commuting route of Route 28. Homes in Westleigh were built between 1973-1986.

There are 681 single family homes in colonial and split level styles on 1/4 to 1/3 of an acre lots, plus a dozen townhomes. Bedrooms range from 3-5, bathrooms from 2-3. Square footage on Westleigh homes range from approx 1500 to 3800 square feet  for living space which includes everything from the kitchen level up so split levels are a bit tricky without really measuring them. Basements are never included in the assessors sq footage.  Home prices range from $650,000 up to $900,000 with some exceptions. There is an HOA in Westleigh which runs around $183/Year. HOA includes jog/walk paths, tot lots/playground. This neighborhood has great access to parks, horse trails, walking paths and playgrounds, plus proximity to the Westleigh Recreation Club. There are over two miles of paved walking paths through our community. The paths pass through almost every street in Westleigh and take you across Westleigh’s seven-plus acres of common ground, tree lined paths between homes, next to the baseball diamond and along the large open spaces of George Myers Field, along Joshua Tree Road, and inside the Rutledge Drive horseshoe.Schools for Westleigh are Dufief Elementary, Robert Frost Middle and Wootton High school. Always verify a home’s school assignment directly with MCPS.

4- Potomac Chase

Potomac Chase is a well established community with homes built between 1979 up to 2003. Homes in Potomac Chase are Colonials with 2 car garages. Bedrooms range from 4-6, bathrooms from 2-5. The square footage ranges from 2000-4400 of living space. This does not include the basements. The lots are a really nice size, ranging from approx 11,500 sq ft (1/4 acre) up to 60,000 sq ft (1.38 acres).  Home prices range from approx $600,000 up to $900,000. There are always some exceptions. Some homes in Potomac Chase have an HOA that costs $250-$300 a year and some homes do NOT have an HOA. Schools in Potomac Chase are Jones Lane elementary, Ridgeview Middle and Q 

5- Quince orchard Knolls

Quince Orchard Knolls is a very popular neighborhood in North Potomac. This neighborhood is comprised of single family and townhouses off Quince Orchard Road, with a 9 acre park in the center of the community that features a playground, softball field, a multi-use field, and two lighted tennis courts.   Homes were either built between 1970-1976 or 1990-2000 with a mix of Colonials, Split Levels, Split Foyers and Ramblers. Bedrooms range from 3-6, bathrooms 2-5. The square footage of living space ranges from 1200-4600 but as I’ve previously stated, the assessors sq footage does not include any level below the kitchen so split levels and split foyers are usually wrong as far as real living space. The basements are never included. The newer homes have an HOA of $130-$200/quarter with the exception of the homes on Damson Ter. They are a part of a different HOA that is $130-$200/yr.  The older homes have an HOA of approx $50/yr. Schools for Quince Orchard Knolls are Jones Lane, Rachel Carson or Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Ridgeview or Lakelands Park Middle, and Quince Orchard High School. Always verify a home’s school assignment directly with MCPS.

*Quince Orchard Knolls Park is a 9.6-acre park that resides at the southeast corner of the Darnestown Road and Quince Orchard Road intersection and can be accessed from Quince Orchard Road. The park features a playground, softball field, a multi-use field, and two lighted tennis courts. On a sunny day, come enjoy Quince Orchard Knolls’ picnic area. M-NCPPC acquired the space in 1986.

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