20855 Der-what?

In talking with one of my colleagues about this week’s Post, I told him it was going to be about Derwood, MD.  Silence…then he replied:

Ohhh, the other Rockville. The forgotten town.

And that’s exactly why I wanted to discuss this unincorporated area that lies just North of Rockville, East of Gaithersburg and West of Olney.  Derwood was originally put on the map as a train stop on the B&O Railroad in the 1800’s according to the Wiki info. Let’s get it back on track today!


A recent home search for my clients led me to find a number of listings labeled ‘Rockville’ with a 20855 zip code (a zip code exclusive to Derwood, MD).  Local Realtors are changing the automated information in a new listing when they enter it in our MLS (Multiple Listing Service). It has become commonplace to override the city input box of Derwood and replace it with Rockville. Why??

While we have many residents originally from the area, we also have a huge number of transplants that are unfamiliar with the smaller parts of Montgomery County.  Because of that, larger cities like Rockville will get more exposure & traffic on Real Estate websites as well as with searches set up by Realtors.  I don’t blame other Agents for taking on this strategy when marketing a house for sale in Derwood.  You want the most Buyers to see your client’s house for sale! Makes sense.


My suggestion to Buyers currently looking in the Rockville area; ask your Realtor to include Derwood/20855 in your search.  For Sellers; see if your home is listed as Rockville or Derwood and discuss what you feel is best for your specific property.


LOCATION! Derwood offers easy access to Rockville Pike, Shady Grove Road, Rio Washingtonian Center and the new Downtown Crown development.  There are condos, townhomes, and single family homes for fantastic prices-more bang$ for your buck$!   Right now, there are 29 Active Listings for sale in 20855.  Don’t sleep on these houses.

North Rockville? Should we call it Rockwood? Or maybe Derville? Whatever you name it, or however you label it, Derwood is a wonderful town to call HOME!  Plus, you have the infamous bar and restaurant Outta The Way Cafe named a “hidden treasure” by The Washington Post.  And that’s exactly how I feel about Derwood.  Find your hidden treasure right Up the Pike!

What are your thoughts on 20855? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…xoxo



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