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Old 10-11-2020, 06:10 PM
 
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We may be moving to Maryland this Spring. We have two kids who will be in 2nd & 5th grades. I’m looking for walkable/bikeable suburbs/towns near Bethesda with good schools & decent houses (eg 2000 sq ft for under $900k). I’ve identified Garrett Park & South Kensington as possibly fitting our needs. Can anyone give me more info (positive or negative) about these neighborhoods & their schools? I’ve also considered Takoma Park, but I’m not sure about the high school there. Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:44 PM
 
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We may be moving to Maryland this Spring. We have two kids who will be in 2nd & 5th grades. I’m looking for walkable/bikeable suburbs/towns near Bethesda with good schools & decent houses (eg 2000 sq ft for under $900k). I’ve identified Garrett Park & South Kensington as possibly fitting our needs. Can anyone give me more info (positive or negative) about these neighborhoods & their schools? I’ve also considered Takoma Park, but I’m not sure about the high school there. Thanks!
Beyond noting that the MCPS is tops in the state I can't offer much on the schools. As between South Kensington and GP, they're adjacent and quite similar. Plenty of walking and cycling in Rock Creek Park, closed to traffic on the weekends.
On balance I'd favor GP over SK. Generally west of the park is considered better. A little less dense. Community seems more cohesive, closer to more grocery, restaurants, shopping etc. on 355, the main drag. 185 to the west doesn't have a lot except traffic.
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Old 10-13-2020, 10:08 AM
 
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Just an FYI. 2200 homes in the pipeline next to Garrett Park. Probably won't have any immediate effect. Location is SW of GP.

https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesd...eid=b1423745aa
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Old 10-13-2020, 03:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the article. That’s definitely something to consider, for the whole Walter Johnson school cluster. It seems the schools will get even more crowded?
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:17 AM
 
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Strathmore Square will take decades to build out. Garrett Park isn't likely to even be zoned for Walter Johnson by then considering the slated reopening of Woodward HS in ~5 years.
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Old 10-15-2020, 10:35 AM
 
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Is Garrett Park supposed to be zoned for Woodward? What about Kensington/Parkwood?
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:37 AM
 
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Woodward may not affect GP until 2024 at the earliest.When it reopens in 2022 it is designated for one of two options not yet decided, one of which is dependent on the remodeling schedule at another HS.

Can't offer you anything on Kensington/Parkwood.

Should also have noted that the big development is mostly condos which tend to attract fewer kids.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charle...rd_High_School
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Old 10-15-2020, 11:46 AM
 
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Is Garrett Park supposed to be zoned for Woodward? What about Kensington/Parkwood?
Too early to say for sure since the boundary study to determine who goes where won't happen until 18 months prior to the projected 2025 reopening. Garrett Park is closer to the new Woodward HS than to Walter Johnson so it seems fairly likely it'd be zoned accordingly.

The sliver of Kensington zoned for WJ doesn't make much geographic sense; I certainly wouldn't assume it stays that way.

If you're dead set on WJ then renting might make the most sense or looking closer to WJ itself.
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Old 10-16-2020, 01:21 PM
 
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Thank you both- this is really helpful information.
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