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Old 06-09-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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Default Advice on community culture of Kensington-Parkwood and/or Woodmoor?? Where to buy a house? Please share advice

Community culture of Kensington-Parkwood or Woodmoor?? Where to buy a house? Please share advice - despite the long set up ……

In the next week, my husband and I are planning to put an offer on a house. I know I am asking an impossible question, but I hope with context folks can offer some insight on the culture of these two communities Kensington-Parkwood or Woodmoor. I’d greatly appreciate any feedback.

We hope to remain in our new home (first purchase!) for the next 10-15 years - until our kids (8 and 6) are out of high school. After that, we may stay or move to DC proper... not sure about that yet. And, with husband's industry, a move would not be inconceivable.0

Background - Husband and I both grew up in suburbs, went to solid public schools, college/grad school, and then lived/worked in NYC in the nonprofit sector. We are both white, different religions (catholic and jewish), and financially okay (phew). He works in DC (metro), I currently work from home. Our daughter ( spends most of her time on crafts and art stuff. This is our first home purchase. Our son (6) is more a smarty then a sports kid, though he is not anti-sports.

We are grateful and feel we are in a fortunate position to have these two awesome areas to choose from. However, we are having a hard time comprehending the nuances between the two communities.


Other major considerations (not necessarily in this order) are: location, solid schools, commute, price and community culture/fit. Community/Culture is our greatest area of uncertainty.

Location – We love that both are near parks/nature. As for the commute, not worried about this so much as husband is fine with either. Woodmoor would be a bit longer of a commute for him. Kensington would be faster to husband's work and to visit our aunt/uncle.

Schools - We have checked out the school data, talked to many parents/students and are okay with the public schools in both areas (though a bit more impressed with the Kensington cluster, which is Walter Johnson (Kensington-Parkwood ES, North Bethesda MS and Walter Johnson). Woodmoor is part of the Down County Consortium (Montgomery Knolls, Pine Crest, Blair).

Price - We have seen in each neighborhood a house that we like and can afford. Kensington is more of a stretch for us, but workable. Advice of a friend in real estate feels Kensington would be a better investment, which is not a bad thought in this economy and age of school and community budget cuts. But we don’t want to get too swayed by that b/c who knows what future offers may come and whether we will stay.

Culture – This is where we are less certain. Can anyone offer thoughts or impressions on the culture or vibe of those communities? Actual or perceived (though please indicate which).

We currently live near and have a vague sense of Woodmoor; we like the energy, which seems comfortable, welcoming and fun. Kensington seems nice as well, but we have not seen it up close as much. Because there appears to be more money in Kensington, are folks still down to earth, welcoming/accepting? Can anyone describe Kensington, specifically the Parkwood area?

I appreciate and look forward to any feedback! (also posted on DC Urban Moms)
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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^ lol...you will get way more responses on the other forum than on here. I saw your post and thought it looked familiar.....IMHO I would choose Kensington, however be sure to check the school zoning, Einst' vs BCC etc... As far as your commute, they both fairly comparable....
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:16 PM
 
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snoburbia, the blog: full-on snoburbia

Funny blog about suburbs that includes most of kensington
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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snoburbia, the blog: full-on snoburbia

Funny blog about suburbs that includes most of kensington

I was going to mention that too !

Can't imagine the responses you got on DCUM. Must wander over there and see . . .
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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I was going to mention that too !

Can't imagine the responses you got on DCUM. Must wander over there and see . . .
34+ responses Where to buy - Kensington or Woodmoor
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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Wow, I had never been to snoburbia before! Awesome site, the t-shirts are really cute. Glad I live in outer BFE (Calvert) than in outer snoburbia!
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