Luxmanor community featured in the Washington Post

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Near Rockville, a neighborhood grows without losing its friendliness


Richard L. Kadish said he knew that his wife wouldn’t be in favor of purchasing the five-bedroom, five-bathroom Colonial on a quiet, tree-lined street that he discovered in 1983 in the Luxmanor neighborhood next to Rockville.

The couple, newly relocated to the area from New Jersey, had just spent money renovating a house near Norbeck and Bel Pre roads in Rockville when a trip to the local Sears took Kadish through Luxmanor and right past his “dream house.”

“Without telling my wife anything I called up the broker and asked what she wanted for the house,” said Kadish, the founder of Capreit, a real estate development and investment company. “I toured the house and just loved it.”

He eventually persuaded his wife to take a look at the house and she, too, was swept away.

“We’re in such a nice neighborhood,” said Kadish, as he sat in his sunporch, which is “basically a toy room for the grandkids.”

Mall redevelopment: With homes on lots that are a half to two-thirds of an acre, Luxmanor offers potential residents plenty of space in a mature and friendly community, said Mark Fitzpatrick, an agent with Choice Real Estate Group.

The neighborhood took shape in 1938, when a collection of residents fought the planned closure of a bus line, Fitzpatrick said. Today, residents of Luxmanor are close to major interstate arteries and have access to a number of shopping options. The eventual redevelopment of the former White Flint Mall site will add to the attractiveness of the community, Fitzpatrick said.

“You can scoot out to nearby parks, movie theaters, and you have easy access to the Metro. Luxmanor has the feel of an established neighborhood with all of the kinds of things people look for.”

Catherine Kapikian said she remembers when the road leading to her four-bedroom, three-bathroom Colonial was a dead end. Some 50 years later, Kapikian said she is in awe of how the neighborhood has grown over the years.

“When my boys were young we always wanted a sidewalk,” she said, standing on the side of what is now a paved and open street lined with houses sporting manicured lawns.

And the joys don’t stop there, she said.

“I often will have eight deer at a time in my yard,” Kapikian said. “They can be a pain, but it’s symbolic that the neighborhood is warm and inviting.”

Gordon Franks, who grew up near Luxmanor, said that he jumped at the chance in 1998 to purchase a 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom rambler.

“I love the fact that I’m close to everything. My kids can walk to school and the neighborhood is full of friendly people,” Franks said. “If you’re out walking and come across someone unfamiliar, they wave and stop and talk to you. It’s not like Mayberry, but it’s pretty close.”

Kapikian said she agrees with this assessment.

“Practically no one has moved off of my street in 50 years. We’re all getting up in age, but everyone who bought when the houses were new has stayed,” she said.

“New families are starting to move in and there’s a bittersweetness to it.”

Living there: The neighborhood is nestled just south of Montrose Parkway and Executive Boulevard, with the heart of it between Old Georgetown Road, Tuckerman Lane, Tilden Lane, and Cushman Road.

In the past 12 months, 12 properties have sold in Luxmanor, ranging from a 2,237-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom rambler for $800,000 to a 6,571-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bathroom Craftsman for $2,442,000, said Fitzpatrick of Choice Real Estate Group.

There are eight houses for sale in Luxmanor, ranging from a 3,096-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bathroom Colonial for $999,000 to a 9,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom house for $2,495,000, Fitzpatrick said.

Luxmanor is nestled just south of Montrose Parkway and Executive Boulevard, with the heart of it between Old Georgetown Road, Tuckerman Lane, Tilden Lane, and Cushman Road. (Justin T. Gellerson/For The Washington Post)

Schools: Luxmanor Elementary, Tilden Middle and Walter Johnson High.

Transit: Luxmanor is about 10 minutes by car from the White Flint station on Metro’s Red Line. The community is also served by Montgomery County’s Ride On bus lines 38, 42, and 81.

Crime: In the past 12 months, there have been 61 assaults, 22 burglaries, 14 robberies and 14 reports of stolen vehicles in a larger statistical area of which Luxmanor is part, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

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Stretching alongside I-270, just off Montrose Road in Rockville, Old Farm is a cozy community of mostly brick homes on winding tree-lined streets that offer residents fast access to the highway. “It has easy commuting upcounty and down, into D.C. and into Virginia,” says real estate agent Maryanne Fiorita. It’s one of four neighborhoods in the Greater Farmland Civic Association, a community of 981 homes along the interstate that gathers for an annual Fourth of July parade that ends at the Old Farm pool. The development company Kettler Brothers built Old Farm as a neighborhood of colonials in the mid-1960s on ground that “ever so imperceptibly felt the hoof beats of Col. Jeb Stuart’s cavalry horses passing,” or so claimed a brochure for the project. Stuart’s horses are long gone, but the neighborhood is still a popular choice for residents who have a journey to work every day.


Every October, Stephen Vaccarezza fills his sprawling Luxmanor front lawn with so many Halloween decorations that people drive by just to see them. “Having a big lot is great because my husband uses the whole front area,” his wife, Donna, says. Tucked away off Old Georgetown Road, the North Bethesda neighborhood is full of spacious yards, perfect for ballgames and outdoor birthday parties, and popular with wandering deer. Since Morton and Ernestine Luchs bought the Riley farm in 1926 and later subdivided it as Luxmanor, housing styles have come and gone. Today, many of the old ramblers are being torn down and replaced by large homes inspired by colonial and Victorian designs that capitalize on the large lots. “There are some real hidden treasures here, with tennis courts and swimming pools in the backyard,” Donna Vaccarezza says. Residents enjoy easy access to the Beltway and I-270, and can walk to the restaurants, shops and iPic Theaters at nearby Pike & Rose, where there’s a farmers market on Saturday mornings.