King Farm’s cozy streets are just a half-mile from the Shady Grove Metro stop. Photo by Skip Brown.



A half-mile from the Shady Grove Metro stop sits King Farm, a development of single-family homes, condos, townhouses, apartments and a senior living center tucked away off Route 355 in Rockville. A shuttle bus takes commuters from their front doors to the Metro turnstiles. I-270 is minutes away. That convenience is only one of the draws, says King Farm Citizens Assembly President Gail Sherman. “It’s a diverse community,” she says, “and you always have the opportunity to get involved in something.” Warm weather means movies on the lawn, outdoor concerts and swimming at the two community pools. Throughout the year, there are parties for kids, happy hours for grown-ups and bus trips to New York. Residents might move in because of the Metro, Sherman says, but it’s the community they fall in love with. “I’ve been here almost 13 years, so obviously I love it,” she says. “People who come here want to stay here.”


The wide, winding streets of Crestview­—between River Road and Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda—have the feel of a cozy suburban neighborhood. Cape Cods, colonials and Victorian-inspired homes stand amid tidy yards on leafy boulevards. Kids play outside. Runners and dog walkers pass on the streets. Within walking distance, though, sits the Friendship Heights Metro stop, offering easy access for commuters leaving the suburbs for the city. “That’s a very hot spot,” real estate broker Donna Evers says. “You can walk to the movies and restaurants and shopping, too.” The proximity to Friendship Heights puts residents just minutes away from popular spots such as Nordstrom Rack, World Market, The Cheesecake Factory and Range. Back at home, the spacious houses, wide lawns and canopied streets create an oasis, making it easy for those residents to forget how close they live to the city.


Chevy Chase, D.C. residents enjoy the convenience of having three Metro stops within walking distance. Depending on where they live, residents can hop on the Red Line from Van Ness-UDC, Tenleytown-AU or Friendship Heights. That’s a big draw, especially for millennials, says real estate broker Donna Evers. “Young people want to be able to use the Metro. It’s a fast, easy way to get where you want to get.” The closer a house is to a Metro stop, Evers says, the higher the price. But it’s not just about the Metro. For an increasing number of residents, living in Chevy Chase, D.C. means a car-free lifestyle. “When we say ‘walkability,’ we really mean it,” Evers says. “The convenience of going out your front door at night and walking to the movies is a real treat.”  

“People who come here
want to stay here.”
—Gail Sherman,
King Farm resident

Bethesda: Bannockburn, Bradley Park, Carderock Springs, Crestview, Drumaldry, East Bethesda, Fort Sumner, Mohican Hills, Wildwood Manor, Wyngate
N. Bethesda: Luxmanor, Timberlawn
Chevy Chase: Chevy Chase Section 5, Chevy Chase Village, Kenwood, Rollingwood, Chevy Chase, D.C
Kensington/Garrett Park: Chevy Chase View, Old Town Kensington, South Kensington, Garrett Park
Gaithersburg: Crown, Kentlands, Washington Grove
Potomac: Merry-Go-Round Farm, River Falls
Rockville: King Farm, Old Farm, Rockville’s West End
Silver Spring: Woodside Park