Liza Aronie and her husband found a house in Bethesda’s Tulip Hill neighborhood they believed they could renovate to suit them and their two children, now 14 and 12. “The schools were definitely a draw,” said Aronie, a former lobbyist turned full-time mom.
In November 2006, their real estate agent told them about the house, which was a little farther from the District line than they originally were considering. ‘‘ That’s an amazing house,’” she recalled thinking. “‘We really have to think about this.’”
It turned out they knew people who lived in the neighborhood, and while walking through Tulip Hill, they met three or four other future neighbors. “Friendly neighbors, rolling hills,” Aronie said. “It just felt very easy.”
The neighborhood of approximately 100 homes has been attracting residents with its mature trees and mid-century homes and easy commute to downtown jobs for more than 60 years.
Winding, gentle hills characterize Tulip Hill, named for its tulip poplar trees, said resident Janet Mischler, not tulip flowers. “It’s a wonderful location,” she said.
Mischler and her husband, Edward, were driving around Montgomery County when they first saw Tulip Hill. She said the oaks, cherries, tulip poplars and evergreens appealed to them.
“We wanted to get out of the city and into the woods,” said Mischler, who moved to Tulip Hill in 1953, when the area was just being developed. “We had been looking for property and found this nice wooded lot and fell in love with it,” she said. They worked with an architect to build the kind of house they wanted, tucked into the natural landscape.
“It has a lot of advantages,” she said. “It’s very close to downtown D.C., very wooded and yet we have bus service on Massachusetts Avenue.”
She and her husband, who died in 1997, had a two-career marriage, both working downtown, while raising two children as well. Their daughter was 5 when they moved to Tulip Hill, and their son was born in 1956.
Kathy Victorino, who grew up in Tulip Hill, recalls most families at the time had two children, and there were enough kids for kickball and softball games.
She said her parents worked with an architect back in 1954. She lived in California for 20 years, and later inherited the house from her parents, moving back into it with her husband, Louis Victorino.
What’s nearby: Residents say they enjoy access to the C&O Canal, the Capital Crescent Trail and Glen Echo Park.
Retail outlets include the Shops at Sumner Place, where there is a Safeway, a CVS, a Starbucks and three restaurants; the Westwood Shopping Center, with a Giant and a Rite Aid; and the Kenwood Station Shopping Center, with a Whole Foods Market and other stores.
Living there: The neighborhood is bordered roughly by Goldsboro Road and Tulip Hill Terrace on the north, Tulip Hill Terrace and Bent Branch Road on the west, Bent Branch Road on the south and east and Massachusetts Avenue and Goldsboro Road on the northeast.
In the past 12 months, five properties have sold in Tulip Hill, ranging from a four-bedroom, three-bath brick rambler for $895,000 to a four-bedroom, three-bath mid-century modern house for $1.075 million, according to Lenore Clarke, an agent with W.C. and A.N. Miller. Two houses are for sale: a three-bedroom, four-bath, mid-century modern house for $1.39 million and a five-bedroom, six-bath custom Colonial for $2.795 million.
Schools: Wood Acres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle and Walt Whitman High.
Transit: Montgomery County Ride-On buses serve the area connecting to the Friendship Heights and Bethesda stops on Metro’s Red Line. And the T2 bus stops at River Road and Goldsboro Road. “Anywhere you want to be, you can be in 15 minutes,” said Aronie, who also is the president of the Tulip Hill Citizens Association.
Crime: According to the Montgomery County Police, in the past 12 months, no crime was reported in the neighborhood.