Kensington | MD
“I wasn’t looking to buy when I dropped in the Open House on a cold rainy March day. I was immediately struck by the amount of natural light even on a dark and dreary day. They say it takes 12 seconds for a potential buyer to walk into a house and make up their mind. For me, it was less. What has remained constant and wonderful since settling here in July 2002 is the way light and air flow through this home. It is inviting and spacious without being pretentious. Over the years we have made changes and updates, but given its great bones, we didn’t have to do a lot.
The home was built in 1956 by a plumber. His foresight of including 4 full baths was unusual at the time but certainly worked to our advantage. Baseboard radiator heat with three zones was cutting edge and has stood the test of time. We updated the windows which made the home more energy efficient and quite comfortable on the coldest days. The two fireplaces provide additional warmth and atmosphere. In the warmer weather, the open windows allow for a delightful cross breeze.
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We have lived and loved this home for 16 years and hope the next owners will do the same.”
Rock Creek Hills is a vibrant, friendly community with easy access to downtown DC, Bethesda, Silver Spring and Rockville. It is convenient to Metro via bus and Ride-on service. It’s an easy walk to Old Town Kensington’s eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and weekly year-round Farmer’s Market. Weekdays, the Marc Train runs along the Cumberland line to Union Station and out to Harpers Ferry. The community is bordered by Beach Dr, Connecticut Ave, Wake Dr and Stoney Brook Dr. Rock Creek Hills is an ideal location for commuters, while its quiet park-like setting makes it ideal for professionals who prefer an office at home.
Rock Creek Park and Kensington Cabin Park are natural draws for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Weekends find bikers, joggers and hikers enjoying the open space. Kensington Cabin Park has tennis and basketball courts, a baseball diamond and playground; as well as the WPA Era Kensington Cabin, which has recently been renovated and is available as rentable community space.
The Rock Creek Hills Citizens Association keeps the community abreast of county and state issues affecting the neighborhood. The all-volunteer executive board advises on covenants which ensure the pleasing appearance of the neighborhood in addition to hosting the annual Halloween Parade and several Pot-Luck’s throughout the year. There is a community directory as well as the Rock Creek Hills listserv that keep neighbors connected and informed.
Silver Creek middle school is now open at the corner of Kensington Parkway and Saul Road and it feeds into Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. The community makes use of its tennis courts, basketball courts and a walking/running track around the ball fields when school is not in session.
Homes in Rock Creek Hills were built primarily in the 1950’s and offer plenty of “good bones” and timeless architecture. This is a neighborhood to fit right in and make it your own.