Kids make lifelong friends on the swim and dive teams each summer; parents bond with their neighbors on the golf course; and the Holly Ball, a black-tie party held at the club every December, is known as the “party of the year,” said Tim Fahmy, who has lived in Manor Park since 2000.
“The club is very, very family-focused, and it really brings the neighborhood together,” said McCarthy, 58, a retired federal government employee and a 23-year neighborhood resident. “Not everyone who lives here belongs to the club, but those who do, enjoy an incredible social life.”
Manor Park grew around Manor Country Club in the 1920s, when Rockville was considered the far-flung countryside, according to a history posted on the country club’s Web site. Charles Zeller designed and built several stone cottages to offer Washingtonians “relief from the heat and pressures of the city,” according to the account.
The neighborhood eventually grew beyond the cottages, and the club started extending memberships beyond neighborhood residents. Residents are exempt from the $40,000 initiation fee for the club, though they’re responsible for the $500 monthly dues, said Fahmy, former president of the club’s board of governors.
Many of the Zeller homes still stand, and they anchor the eclectic mix of houses that defines Manor Park today.
Dale Rickenbach, an agent with Keller Williams Realty who has lived since 2003 in Manor Village, the townhouse community adjacent to Manor Park, said the neighborhood’s roughly 350 unique homes, many which overlook the golf course, are a major selling feature.
“You see a lot of planned subdivisions that feel a little more sterile, with cookie-cutter houses and trees that aren’t quite as mature,” Rickenbach said. “You don’t have that in Manor. It’s more like the neighborhoods many of us grew up in, with a mix of split-levels, Colonials, ramblers, Tudors and other homes shaded by mature trees.”
Rickenbach said the neighborhood’s central location is another major draw, especially with the construction of the Intercounty Connector just minutes away.
“You can shoot down Georgia Avenue to Silver Spring, or shoot down 28 to Rockville Town Center,” Rickenbach said. “Now that Olney’s more developed, people do a lot of shopping there, too.”
Fahmy said the neighborhood is also conveniently located for travel to Northern Virginia and Baltimore.
“You’re not in Bethesda, where you can walk to all these big restaurants a stone’s throw from your house,” Fahmy said. “But you’re three miles from Rockville Pike and Rockville Town Center, and you can get to most places you need to go quickly and easily.”
Plus, Fahmy said, “I wouldn’t trade living here for some of the nicest places in Bethesda or Potomac, because you have such a great social life here.”