I've lived in the Frederick Maryland area for approximately 13 years and it must be said that it is one of the most beautiful places in the county. With a population of roughly 60,000 people it is also one of the most expensive places to live in the Greater Washington D.C metro area. However with views of the Catoctin Mountains and the historic nature of this city, it is well worth it.
You can easily travel to Washington D.C. using the public transportation system however you do have to wake up fairly early in order to board the MARC commuter Train at one of the two stops in Frederick; they are Frederick train station and Monocacy Train Station. Keep in mind that this is a commuter train and only runs during the week, however I've used to travel to D.C. for business and pleasure. The transportation company Mega bus has recently expanded service to the Frederick area as well, and is offering bus trips to Washington throughout the week and on weekends.
My favorite place in Frederick is the city's downtown corridor. It is historic in nature as it houses many museums of a civil war nature. There are several historic landmarks in and around Frederick and it is also the site of the civil war speech given by President Abraham Lincoln. There are also over 200 specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants for all tastes; my favorite being The Tajitu Ethiopian restaurant on East Patrick Street. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxing yet traditional. I am never dis-satisfied after having a meal there.
My favorite place to shop has to be along Buckeystown pike in Francis Scott Key mall. It's not a big shopping mall by any means, but I can get most of my shopping done there easily. There are also shops on the Golden Mile along US 40. The Golden mile is a long stretch of fast food restaurant chains, auto-dealerships and strip malls.
Just outside our city limits is The Monocacy Battlefield, which is the site one of the last battles carried out by the confederates in Union territory during the civil war. The park hosts battle walks, and other programs throughout the summer.
Frederick is a wonderful place to live; it is family friendly, there is plenty to see and do, numerous places to shop and a great view of the Catoctin Mountains.