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Old 08-26-2012, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Bethesda, MD
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I'm currently residing in Alexandria; however, I plan to relocate to Rockville to be closer to my office area once my lease expires in December. Although I can't wait to live closer to work, I do have a few reservations.

I'm a black young professional woman and not really certain if Rockville town center area will be a good fit, because the area didn't seem diverse.

I'd love to find out more about the area from people who actually reside there.
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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Ooh, tricky question! One thing I have learned on city data is that one person's idea of diversity is not quite another's. I am in that area often - love the library, the little faux baubles jewelry shop (called "Ice" maybe) and the whole town center in general. I hope someone who lives in the actual neighborhood itself can give you some idea. From my outsider-looking-in perspective: there is some diversity. Not on an Alexandria level, but there. The most obvious nonwhite group is Asian. After that, a mix of Hispanic and black. I use the term black instead of African American, as some in the area are African without the American part. Having looked at several single family homes in the surrounding neighborhood, I would say the majority are currently white owned with Asian quickly overtaking. Some of the homes I have seen have had an AA presence (pics on the walls, etc) but I cannot account for the brand new apartments and town homes in the area. Hopefully you can find someone here who lives there and can give you a more personal opinion. My suggestion is to hang out there in both the day time and in the evening a couple of times before you buy. The crowd at night looks different than in the day. Not in a bad way, but more of the stroller brigade in the day from the area homes, more of the young singles in the evening.
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Old 08-26-2012, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Bethesda, MD
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Ooh, tricky question! One thing I have learned on city data is that one person's idea of diversity is not quite another's. I am in that area often - love the library, the little faux baubles jewelry shop (called "Ice" maybe) and the whole town center in general. I hope someone who lives in the actual neighborhood itself can give you some idea. From my outsider-looking-in perspective: there is some diversity. Not on an Alexandria level, but there. The most obvious nonwhite group is Asian. After that, a mix of Hispanic and black. I use the term black instead of African American, as some in the area are African without the American part. Having looked at several single family homes in the surrounding neighborhood, I would say the majority are currently white owned with Asian quickly overtaking. Some of the homes I have seen have had an AA presence (pics on the walls, etc) but I cannot account for the brand new apartments and town homes in the area. Hopefully you can find someone here who lives there and can give you a more personal opinion. My suggestion is to hang out there in both the day time and in the evening a couple of times before you buy. The crowd at night looks different than in the day. Not in a bad way, but more of the stroller brigade in the day from the area homes, more of the young singles in the evening.
I strolled around the area during the day and absolutely fell in love with the quaint neighborhood. I loved the fact that a library was within walking distance from the apt. building that I'm interested in... Also, I enjoyed checking out many of the shops in the area. -But, you're right, I should check out the night scene...
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:49 PM
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Location: N. Bethesda ... for now
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I live in North Bethesda and go to the Rockville Town Center easily once or a twice a week. The main library there is awesome and there are some nice places to eat, drink and people watch there. I'm a single black female, late 30s, and I feel completely comfortable there. No weird "why are you here?/you ain't one of us" vibe at all. I was actually seriously considering moving down there after my lease expired because I spend some much time there, even though it would have added two more stops to my metro commute. I liked it that much! I think you'll be fine there.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:32 AM
 
Location: Baltimore / Montgomery County, MD
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Rockville has a lot of black people (mostly in Lincoln Park on the east side of the metro station) and plenty work in Rockville as well. You'll be fine.
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