The 18th is a Vote for the Kentlands and the Lakelands!

Posted by Lise | Filed under: Howe's List, Uncategorized

One of the many wonderful aspects of the DC metro area is the wide range of choices in housing.  Do you want an emerging neighborhood? Then you might consider the Atlas District.  Do you love history? Perhaps Georgetown is your cup of tea.  Do you want newer construction but old time feelings of community? Kentlands should lead your list of neighborhoods to consider!

KENTLANDS is an award-winning neo-traditional community located in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  I used to say that it is unique, but the concept has been replicated at King Farm at the edge of the Rockville Pike and modified slightly for the Rockville Town Center.

What makes the Kentlands neighborhood different is that people can walk to do their shopping, walk to school or work.  It is a large and diverse community with single family homes, town homes, condominiums and rental apartments along with work/home units.  White picket fences, tree lined streets, sidewalks and various common areas where neighbors gather are part of the design.  KENTLANDS serves as a model for new-urbanism. There is a Whole Foods grocery store, an Elizabeth Arden spa, Starbucks, wine stores, Moby Dick, and any number of unique restaurants and stores.  This wonderful community provides all the amenities that homeowners in Bethesda or McLean have, but with a much more relaxed pace of life – and no problems parking!

KENTLANDS has successfully created a sense of community. With its many clubs and organizations, well-read Town Crier newspaper, active recreation program and strong amateur athletic teams, it can be considered a town within a city.

FEATURED LISTING: 113 Thrift Street – Just Listed

No longer do we want to live on Easy Street.  Instead, this listing on Thrift Street is just the answer for today’s anxious home buyer!  This charmer is a rarely available Walsman model  with an ample back yard, picturesque porch just made for a swing,  and a white picket fence.  The recent renovations include a gourmet kitchen with soapstone counters and an island/breakfast bar, stainless appliances, and custom cabinets.  The hardwood floors will make you smile, and the luxury master suite with its remodeled spa bath will make you swoon!  Don’t miss the extra touches like the closet organizers in all the bedrooms!  The lower level is finished  with a big rec room, bonus room that would be perfect for that man cave you have always wanted and 3rd Full Bath.  There is even 2-car detached garage for the Christmas convertible that Santa is bringing!

Who needs life on Easy Street when you can be living in a luxury home on Thrift Street! Just listed by Keller Williams for $699,000.   Call the Lise Howe Team to arrange a showing!

FEATURED RESTAURANT: THE STAR DINER

I am a big fan of diners! To me it is classic Americana – whether John Garfield is hanging over the counter talking to the waitress or not. I love the idea of all that activity at 2 am when I am fast asleep! Now there is no need to drive to Bethesda to go to the Tastee Diner.  The Star Diner in the Kentlands is there to feed all the hungry stomachs – even though it closes at 9pm on week nights and 11 on Friday and Saturday!

Here is the story of the Star Diner in the Kentlands, as told on their website!

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Grandpa Sam took Marty to the local diner every Sunday. It was their special time to discuss weekly events while dining on pancakes, French toast and milkshakes. In his teens, Marty worked after school in the local Deli/Bagel shop. That’s when he developed his passion for food.

After high school Marty landed at the University of Maryland where he studied became a huge “Terps” fan  and  met his future business partner, Bruce. They each discovered they had the same things in common, the love of the “Terps” and the love of good food, especially New York diners. Their goal was to create a mom and pop place, fresh homemade food, top notch service, with a “Cheers” type atmosphere where everybody knows your name.

When you go be sure to try the Chicken Avocado Club or the Crabcake Reuben! Delicious!

FEATURED EVENT: WINTER LIGHTS AT SENECA CREEK – 11950 Clopper Road

Sometimes the holiday traditions should be a little hokey and that makes them wonderful.  I try to see the Winter Lights every year with my daughter because I think it is a magical Christmas light display at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg, Maryland.   Try to get out there this year to see more than 350 illuminated displays and along a 3.5-mile drive through the park.  Driving through the enchanted forest setting, you will experience an array of displays that light up the night. Themed areas include Winter Woods, Teddy Bear Land, Victorian Village, the North Pole and much more. Winter Lights is a very good cause in addition to being lots of fun because it benefits local charities such as the Dolores Swoyer Camp Scholarship Fund, Gaithersburg Community Volunteer Soup Kitchen, Friends of Seneca Creek State Park, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Gaithersburg HELP, and the Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Program.

FEATURED FUN FACTS: MONTGOMERY COUNTY HISTORY

In 1695, the land that now encompasses Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties, as well as Washington, D.C., was designated as Prince George’s County. The area was divided in 1748 and the western portion—including the land that would ultimately be Montgomery—became Frederick County. On August 31, 1776, Dr. Thomas Sprigg Wootton, a member of the Maryland Constitutional Convention, introduced a bill to divide Frederick into three counties—Frederick, Montgomery and Washington. The bill passed on September 6, 1776.
These were the first counties in America to be established by elected representatives. The names selected for the new counties also broke with tradition.  Earlier counties had all been named for old world figures such as Prince George and Queen Anne, but these were named after two popular Americans of the time—George Washington and Richard Montgomery.
Richard Montgomery was born on December 2, 1738 in Raphoe, Ireland. At 18 he was commissioned as an officer in the British army and fought in the French and Indian Wars, before emigrating to America in 1772.  He was commissioned a brigadier general in the fledgling colonial army and he commanded an expeditionary force sent to Canada that captured Montreal. On December 4, 1775 his forces laid siege to Quebec. Although his troops were greatly outnumbered, he led several daring attacks on the fortress.  On December 31, he was killed by cannon fire. Montgomery never set foot in the Maryland county that bears his name.

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