The Flower Valley section of Rockville in Aspen Hill is more than just a collection of houses – it’s the kind of warm, close-knit community that has become a rare gem in the suburban Washington area. Situated just south of the Intercounty Connector and east of I-270, this sought-after neighborhood is close enough to shopping to be convenient and far enough away from busy traffic areas to let your kids ride their bicycles in the street without fear. A community of about 690 single-family homes built mostly between 1965 and 1975, the area was once a family farm. Developers named the streets after flowers, such as narcissus, morning glory and sunflower, lending a cheerful air to the locale. - Flower Valley pictures
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Brent Mendelson, a senior loan officer at 1st Mariner Mortgage in Bethesda, has lived with his wife and children on Wild Rose Lane in Flower Valley since 2010. “Everything we were told about the neighborhood is 100 percent true,” Mendelson said. “We have so many friends, there are a ton of kids – it’s like the neighborhood I grew up in.” One of the Mendelsons’ favorite parts of living in the neighborhood, besides their location right across the street from Flower Valley Elementary, is the proximity of the Flower Valley Bath and Racquet Club.
The facility, a refreshing haven from the heat of summer in the D.C. suburbs, is only two blocks from their home and has swim and dive teams and a competitive tennis program. FVBRC is a neighborhood pool and tennis club. The pool offers a wading area, competition lanes and a diving well. In addition, there is a separate shaded baby wading pool. Competitive swim and dive teams for children of all ages. The Flower Valley spirit is a long-standing Montgomery county mainstay! The tennis area has 6 courts and a tennis gazebo. There are 4 clay courts and 2 hard courts available for use. If you are a tennis player - the quality of the courts and availability is a bargain for the membership fee.
The pool hosts fun family events throughout the year such the annual crab feast. There are tables set-up throughout the pool area for family use as well as a shaded pavillion with picnic tables. The neighborhood association also hold events and get-togethers, including an annual ice-cream social. Unofficial parties are hosted by neighbors for special occasions like New Year’s and the Superbowl.
One block north of the Mendelsons’ home is Flower Valley Neighborhood Park, a 17-acre county facility with a playground, basketball court, athletic field, tennis courts and picnic shelter. For those looking for an even more sylvan experience, the entire northeast section of the neighborhood backs up to Upper Rock Creek Park, home of Lake Barnard and Meadowside Nature Center. The Lakeside Trail meanders around the shores of Lake Bernard Frank, a quiet, 54-acre reservoir. Fishing is allowed with a license, but boating and swimming are prohibited.
Meadowside Nature Center is fun for naturalists of all ages. With eight miles of hiking trails, an aviary that houses birds of prey, summer camps and weekend craft and educational programs (many free or for a nominal fee)... Meadowside is a great resource for recreation and education. Manor Country Club, a private club offering a champion 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a pool with lap lanes, and fine dining, is directly across the street from Flower Valley, on Norbeck Road.
Flower Valley Elementary, educating pre-K through grade 5, boasts math and reading scores hovering around 90 percent, while Beverly Farms Elementary’s scores exceed 95 percent. Flower Valley feeds into Earle B. Wood Middle School, whose scores are above 90 percent, and Beverly Farms feeds into Herbert Hoover Middle School, where scores are above 95 percent. Wood is the only feeder school to Rockville High School, where reading and math scores exceed 90 percent. Rockville High is also home to one of the county’s coveted International Baccalaureate programs. Herbert Hoover feeds into Winston Churchill High, where scores average above 95 percent. These top-notch public schools make Flower Valley a big draw for families with school-aged children.
Some original owners find it hard to part with the homes they’ve loved for so many years, but many of them are making the move to more manageable spaces and more hospitable climates. Flower Valley’s easy access to main roads and highways makes it a convenient location for commuters, and the two Metro stations nearby make train travel easily accessible as well. Rockville Station is four miles away; Twinbrook is a little farther, but it can be easier to get a parking spot there.
A short quarter-mile to the corner of Norbeck and Georgia will get you to a gas station and convenience store, handy when you need a carton of milk at the last minute or a bottle of cough syrup late at night. But don’t hurry too much – there’s a red-light camera on the corner. Just a little farther down Georgia Avenue is Aspen Hill Shopping Center, the site of grocery stores, hardware stores, restaurants, beer and wine outlets, fast food places and more. A little bit farther north takes you to Olney Center, and to the west is Rockville Pike.
Flower Valley has so much to offer that it does not see as much turnover as some other area suburban neighborhoods. In 2013 only 17 homes were sold in the neighborhood, with the highest selling price at $685,000 and the lowest at $495,000 (mean price, $590,000). Only one was a short sale, and there were no foreclosures. The average number of days houses were on the market there was 26, with the quickest sale being in less than one day. The longest time a Flower Valley house was on the market was 68 days, but this house fetched the highest price. Houses on these quiet, tree-lined streets are a mix of colonials, split-levels, ranches and ramblers that sit on between one-third and one-half of an acre. Most have at least four bedrooms (many have five), two-car garages, fireplaces and two to three full baths. Property taxes are generally in the $5,000 to $6,000 range.
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Listing information last updated on April 24th, 2019 at 12:45am EDT.