Look how many terrific Pike District/White Flint neighborhoods there are in Bethesda Magazine’s 30 Great Neighborhoods to Live In
When businessman Henry Copp created Garrett Park in the 1880s, he envisioned a neighborhood of beautiful homes and stately trees. His dream came true in the form of maples intertwining over streets lined with gingerbread Victorians. In the 1970s, because trees and architecture are so ingrained in Garrett Park’s character, the town government formed a historic preservation committee and an arboretum committee to protect them. Together, the old homes and mature trees give a sense of history to this small town, where residents still pick up their mail (and swap paperbacks) at the post office and walk to dinner at the popular Black Market Bistro, located in the old general store by the train tracks. Residents help ensure that the trees stay healthy, says Marian Green, who has lived in Garrett Park since 1959. “They make a great deal of difference to people.”
Unless you’re looking for it, you might not find Timberlawn, a community of single-family homes and townhouses in North Bethesda. “Most people simply drive past the area on the way to somewhere else,” says Marc Luger, a real estate agent and former Timberlawn resident. But the people who live there know what it has to offer. Residents have access to a pair of swimming pools and tennis courts. The 13.7-acre Timberlawn Park features two soccer fields, a basketball court and a playground. The park even has a network of walking trails. Set back from Old Georgetown Road, the neighborhood was built in the 1980s. Many of the homes are large colonial-style houses on roomy lots along winding roads and cul-de-sacs. The Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station and entrances to I-495 and I-270 are less than a mile away. “It’s a great area for commuters,” Luger says. It’s also within walking distance of North Bethesda Market, where popular spots include Whole Foods and Seasons 52.
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.