Garrett County Real Estate
Garrett County life is diverse in that it is a place where you can find a full-time residence in a very rural location or acquire an income producing vacation rental home or condo that is on the water at Deep Creek Lake. Of course, there are options that bridge the gap between the two as well. Stunning scenery, wide open spaces, and a variety of outdoor activities create a high quality of life in Garrett County.
Why live in Garrett County, MD?
Attributes that contribute to quality of life include:
- Average commute of just 23 minutes.
- Cost-of-living index below the national average.
- A local personal income-tax rate that’s among the lowest in the state.
- Public schools with high test scores, small class sizes, and robust STEM and technical education programs.
- Two well-regarded medical centers.
- Free two-year post-secondary education through the county’s scholarship to Garrett College.
Garrett County has a wide array of housing options. They are suitable for families or young professionals. Home styles range from restored Victorians to ramblers and ranchers to contemporary dwellings. Investment properties and second homes are largely centered around the Deep Creek Lake area.
2021 Garrett County Sales Statistics
Most real estate transactions in Garrett County are residential home sales. In 2021, there were 734 residential sales and 11 commercial sales. For residential properties, the median sold price was $400,000. Listings were on the market for an average of fifty days.
When looking at median prices, it is important to note that Deep Creek Lake area sales drive this number up. For those seeking a primary residence in the small towns throughout the county, prices are often well below the $400,000 median
Northern & Southern Garrett County
Geographically, Deep Creek Lake is at the center of Garret County. Those seeking a primary residence are often looking at the areas to the lakes north and south. In terms of school districts, the dividing line is the 219 bridge of the lake. Each town and area in the county has its own unique qualities. For those who call Garrett County home, there is usually something special that buyers seek, whether it be proximity to schools, Deep Creek Lake, activities, or work.
Northern Facts & Schools:
The north part of the county is generally more rural in nature. Per the 2020 census, Grantsville is the largest town with a population of 856. That is followed by Friendsville (467) and Accident (306). Each one has a town center that is a mix of commercial and residential properties. Major employers in this area include: Beitzel Corporation, Wisp Resort, Garrett College, Phenix Technologies, Goodwill Retirement Community, and ClosetMaid.
Northern elementary schools include Route 40, Grantsville, Friendsville, and Accident. Accident is also home to the middle and high schools for this part of the county.
Southern Facts & Schools:
The bulk of the county’s population reside in Southern Garrett County. Oakland is the county seat with a population of 1,791. Mountain Lake Park is the largest town with 2,147 residents. Loch Lynn (527), Deer Park (362), and Kitzmiller (297) are the other incorporated towns in this area. Garrett Regional Medical Center, Walmart, Garrett County Community Action, First United, Lowe’s, and Appalachian Parent Association are among the larger employers.
Taylor-Made & The Deep Creek Community:
Our team members live in locations throughout the area, and our company culture is dedicated to serving the local community. We support athletics at Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools along with organizations like Hospice, the Garrett County Lighthouse, Landon’s Library, youth sports teams, HART for Animals, the DOVE Center, Little Yough Music Festival, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, and many others. During the spring and fall months, you’ll see the Taylor-Made crew picking up litter on our adopted roads around Deep Creek Lake.