Though Rockville (one of Maryland’s oldest towns) is the county seat of Montgomery County, the city is more than just about its politics. Located near the heart of the Interstate 270 Technology Corridor (known for its mixture of high tech companies as well as federal government institutions), the city also boasts several upscale regional shopping centers and is one of the major retail hubs in the region. Downtown Rockville is a mixture of the old and the new, with some of the county’s most historic buildings still being preserved and utilized there. For those living in the multitude of neighborhoods that spread across the area, the majority of their shopping activity takes place along the famed Rockville Pike, which turns into Wisconsin Avenue in North Bethesda at the beltway. The Pike, more than any other road in the city, has enabled Rockville to transform rapidly from a leisurely, agriculturally-oriented county seat to a cosmopolitan city of many neighborhoods. The city’s well-educated residents live in a variety of housing units including luxury high-rise condominiums and apartments, town homes and single-family residences.