On the 26th A Birdie Said Look at Avenel!

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Avenel is a master-planned community developed in the 1980s  on the site of a large farm not far from Potomac Village. The community’s street boundaries are Persimmon Tree Road on the north, Country Club Drive on the east, Rock Run Park on the south, and Avenel Farm Drive on the west. Oaklyn Drive, its main street, winds through the neighborhood with other streets like Crimson Leaf and Avenel Farm Drive branching off.   It is a golf course and horse oriented  community of expensive single-family homes and townhomes built around TPC at Avenel, a private golf club operated by the PGA Tour and home of the Booz Allen Classic (formerly the Kemper Open).  This is the onlyTop 100 US golf community in the DC Metro area and the beneficiary of a $25M renovation of TPC course.

Some of the most expensive homes in Montgomery County, Maryland are located in Avenel.  Although the neighborhood is known for its large and stately luxury homes, Avenel is also home to Montgomery County’s example of inclusionary zoning, as the neighborhood also has a large number of smaller single family Cape Cod homes which seamlessly blend into the community.   Perfect for a first time home buyer, these homes, located on Pleasant Gate Lane, list in the mid $400,000s.  They are approximately 1320 sq ft on the two above grade levels and have a basement too. They offer 4 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths and a pleasant yard.   Avenel includes two communities of large town homes, one built by Mitchell and Best and the other built by Sam Pardoe, both along the famed TPC golf course. The term town home may be slightly deceptive since they are both communities of town homes back to the fairways with more than 2700 square feet of living space.   Luxury homes come in all sizes and shapes in Avenel!

FEATURED LISTING – 8309 Turnberry Court, Avenel

Avenel is composed of several smaller neighborhoods within the larger community, built by a variety of different builders.  One popular builder in Montgomery County, Mitchell and Best, built a community of large town homes backing to the golf course.  8309 Turnberry Court is a lovely updated brick town home with a 2 car garage and a large Georgetown Walled Patio.   This large and spacious home with updated amenities has hardwood floors, granite counter tops in the chefs kitchen, four bedrooms, two half baths and two full baths, all for $949,000.  You will love the  community pool, tennis courts, stables, walking trails and soccer fields.


Save room for the popovers and raspberry preserves at Normandie Farm on Falls Road in Potomac.  The restaurant’s rustic French decor makes you feel like you have entered a country inn in a small town outside Paris.  Dinner specialties include Beef Wellington, Roasted Seabass, Chateau Briand, but the restaurant is also open for lunch, brunch, and (tea on alternate Wednesdays.)

The 50 acres of land where Normandie Farm Restaurant is located on Falls Road was originally the “Myers Farm.”  In the 1920s, the farm had become a foreclosed half-constructed country club was half constructed, the victim of economic conditions of the time.   In the spring of 1931, a single mother, Marjory Hendricks, just home from cooking school in Normandy, France, saw the property with its posted sign reading “For sale by mortgage holders.” Within 45 minutes she had negotiated the purchase of the farm and Normandie Farm Restaurant was born.

Marjorie Hendricks and her sister, Genevieve,  decorated the A-frame building in distinctive and rustic French decor with scripted beams which emphasized the two rustic fireplaces. When the restaurant opened in May of 1931, one of the first clients was the Spanish Ambassador who brought the “international crowd”. Another famous customer was First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved the famous popovers.


Do you need a relaxing day to take a break from the craziness of the upcoming holiday season? Schedule yourself some time at Potomac Day Spa and Hair Salon. They offer Massages, Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, L’Oreal Hair Styles and Coloring, and Custom Spray Tanning.  They use Dermalogica, Murad, and L’Oreal beauty products. It was voted best day spa by Bethesda Magazine.

Business Hours

Sun: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM Mon: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM Tue: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM Wed: 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM Thu: 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM Fri: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

As a commenter on Yelp said – If you want to feel luxurious and all fancy smancy, this is not the place you want to go to. Potomac Day Spa is more your comfy, homey, relaxing place to go to. As a matter of fact, the spa is located in a house that has been converted into a spa. The people are very friendly and the services are good. If you just need a massage and are not looking for the whole spa “event” then this is the place to go. You are in and you are out, and you will feel great nonetheless.


In 1941 the Hendricks sisters who had already created the Normandie Farm Restaurant purchased the old Riverside Riding Academy at Water Gate in Washington, D.C.   After renovating and decorating the building in a Pennsylvania Dutch decor, they opened the Water Gate Inn, known as the in-town branch of Normandie Farm.  The Water Gate Inn disappeared in the construction of the Watergate Hotel and the Kennedy Center.


Club Friday is an energetic program for children in grades three through six. It is the “in” thing for children to attend each Friday of the month from October through March except when school is not in session. An annual fee is required to register for the program, and membership is limited to the first 550 applicants. Registration takes place between September 1 and 10; a waiting list will be maintained for memberships if they become available. The center also requires that one parent for each member volunteers at least once during the Club Friday year.

After-Hours is a program similar to Club Friday for youth in grades 6 through 8. It meets on the first Friday of each month from 9:15 – 11:00pm. Membership is at the reduced rate of $25 for October through April. Guest must register each time and pay $5 at the door.

For those seeking a fitness or sports challenge, the gymnasium is a regulation size 72′ X 95′ which includes basketball, volleyball and badminton courts. The gymnasium is used for a variety of organized leagues, competitions, instructional programs, and is routinely scheduled for self-directed “open gym” play. The exercise/weight room is equipped with a full circuit of self-administered weight and exercise equipment. Affordable weight room memberships are available.

The social hall, which can accommodate 150 people, provides space for a variety of social and dance activities. This space is available for private parties with rental fees determined by the type and duration of the event. A warming kitchen is adjacent to the social hall. For smaller gatherings, a conference room and meeting rooms are also available for rent. The multi-room offers space for meetings and dance activities with a tile floor and mirrored walls.

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