North Potomac, MD
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North Potomac is a census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States. In 2009, CNN Money Magazine listed North Potomac as one of the wealthiest best places to live in the U.S., describing it as, "a tony town that sits on the bank of the Potomac River," and noting that "beautiful old estates, top-rated golf courses and a number of riding clubs in the area are available to those with a flair for fine living." North Potomac was also named the 16th most affluent U.S. neighborhood by Forbes in 2008.
North Potomac was created in 1988 from the peripheral fringes of Gaithersburg, Potomac, and Rockville, and lies parallel to the Potomac River. North Potomac shares ZIP codes with Gaithersburg, Potomac, and Rockville. As defined by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and the North Potomac Citizens Association (NPCA), it is bordered by Darnestown Road in the north, Glen Mill Road in the east and south, Boswell Lane and Travilah Road in the south, and Jones Lane in the west and encompasses distinct sections of the ZIP codes 20878, 20854, and 20850.
Major shopping areas include Potomac Valley, Travilah Square and Traville Gateway. Travilah Square, long the area's only shopping center, is now facing tough competition from a new breed of new urbanism lifestyle centers, which contain a multitude of retailers, from Giant Food to new boutique chains. Other examples of new urbanism near North Potomac include Kentlands in Gaithersburg, and King Farm and Fallsgrove in Rockville.