Flints Grove in the Washington Post

Flints Grove in the Washington Post


In Flints Grove, residents like the contemporary look of their homes

Susan Straight – Paul Boylin in the front yard of his four-bedroom, three-floor Flints Grove home. He enjoys having a first-floor master bedroom.

By Susan Straight,

Feb 08, 2013 02:52 PM EST

The Washington PostPublished: February 8

The contemporary single-family houses and townhouses of Flints Grove lie along curving, tree-lined streets in North Potomac, just west of Dufief Mill Road and about three miles west of Interstate 270.  The architecture of the more than 200 homes, constructed by Rockville-based Mitchell & Best Homebuilders in the mid-1980s, is somewhat unusual in a metropolitan area otherwise full of Colonials and Cape Cods.  “They’re contemporary designs. They’re not your Williamsburg Colonial,” said Geneveive Kelley, who moved to the neighborhood in 2003 with her husband, Steve, and three children. “Not that we were looking for contemporary — but it was fine with us,” she said.  One of the most popular features of Flints Grove homes is their skylights. “I love the skylights,” said former homeowner association president Lakshman Ramamurthy, who moved to the neighborhood in 2009 with his wife, Subha, and his two children.
Every home has at least one skylight, and many have them in both the master bathrooms and stairwells. Owners mention them as among the first things that attracted them to the homes.  Other popular features are the soaring cathedral ceilings, sunrooms and the ground-floor master bedrooms.  “We saw this with the first-floor master bedroom and that was it,” said Paula Fox of her home, purchased in 1990.
“I never lived in a house with a first-floor master bedroom,” said Fox’s husband, Paul Boylin. After marrying Fox and moving to the neighborhood in the early 2000s, he quickly warmed to the floor plan. “This is pretty cool — I like this,” he said of having the master bedroom on the ground level. “We live basically on one floor. It’s like living in a [one-story] condo that’s a house,” he said. The additional three bedrooms are upstairs, and a full finished basement provides extra storage and a freezer room downstairs.
Probably the most important factor for residents with children is the school district. Neighbors mention their desire to live within the Thomas S. Wootton Cluster, which includes DuFief Elementary, Robert Frost Middle School and Thomas S. Wootton High School.
“We had young kids, and this is in the Wootton school district,” said  Kelley.
When she and her husband were looking for a house in 2003, “it was really busy and houses were flying off the market,” said Kelley. “We just couldn’t find a house.” Then her agent, Roger Carp of Long and Foster, sent them an online listing. Kelley said that after sending Steve Kelley’s mother-in-law, who lived in Maryland, to look at the house, “we bought it sight unseen. We made an offer over the phone.”
They saw the house only after the contract was ratified and had no regrets. “It was everything we wanted,” said Kelley. “Good school district, very suburban, good roads, good neighborhood.” Even the home design was appealing. Having a master bedroom on the ground level gives older residents peace of mind.
Another strong draw of the neighborhood is its proximity to local employers such as Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, as well as all of the high-technology companies along the I-270 corridor.

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