Kenwood Forest 2 with its sister community, Kenwood Forest 1, combine to make one of the most appealing communities in Montgomery County. Kenwood Forest 2 is made up of traditional brick townhomes arranged around green courtyards with mature cherry trees and colorful azaleas. People who live in Kenwood Forest love walking into Bethesda for dinner or running on the Capital Crescent Trail with their dogs. Condo fees are low and the community is pet friendly.
Why Choose Kenwood Forest 2?
Kenwood Forest 2, a condo townhouse community of nearly 400 homes, was created in the late 70’s from an apartment community built after World War II for returning veterans and their families. Kenwood Forest is composed of Kenwood Forest I and Kenwood Forest 2, which look very similar and have similar styled townhomes but are under separate condo associations. The two communities collectively offer a variety of floorplans and facades, including studio and one bedroom garden style condos and two, three or four bedroom townhomes on two or three levels. The homes sit in quiet green courtyards located along Bradley Boulevard, Hillandale, Offutt, Chevy Chase Drive, Willett Parkway, Kenwood Forest Lane, and Fairfax on the edge of Bethesda.
Kenwood Forest 2 offers a variety of sizes of homes ranging from studios to one bedroom to two to three bedrooms townhomes. Some of the townhomes also have basements, which can add extra living space, including an extra bedroom and bath. The community is always popular because of its location at the edge of downtown Bethesda and close to the Capital Crescent Trail, the Bethesda pool, and Norwood Park.
Differences Between Kenwood Forest 2 and Kenwood Forest 1
The two communities are very similar in appearance, but they do have a few differences. Kenwood Forest II has an on site property manager while Kenwood Forest I uses an off-site property manager. Kenwood Forest I has assigned parking spaces (one per townhome) while Kenwood Forest II has parking stickers for reserved parking but no assigned spaces. In Kenwood Forest I you can park in any space that is Reserved but without a number while in Kenwood Forest II, you get two parking stickers per townhome (if you have two cars) and one guest parking tag.(Depending on where you are in Kenwood Forest 2, the parking is not rigorously enforced.) In Kenwood Forest 2 you can park anywhere on the property as long as you have a sticker, but you do not have a reserved space right outside your front door. Parking generally is not a problem in Kenwood Forest 2.
Both communities include the roofs in their condo coverage and outside maintenance such as painting wood trim or the units with siding. However, Kenwood Forest I does not include the decks in their condo coverage. Deck repair and replacement is the responsibility of the owner in Kenwood Forest I whereas it is covered by the condo association in Kenwood Forest 2. Both communities make infrastructure repairs from reserve funds.
The community does not have a weight or breed restriction for dogs. The condo rules say that only one dog per household is allowed, but that does not seem to be rigorously enforced. Owners are expected to control their dogs, keep them on leash, and pick up after them. There are dog clean up stations are various parts of the community.
The biggest amenity to living in Kenwood Forest 2 is its proximity to Norwood Park with the tennis courts, play grounds, and ball fields, the Bethesda pool at the end of Hillandale, the Capital Crescent Trail that runs next to the homes along Hillandale, and its closeness to Bethesda and the metro. However, there are a few other amenities that might not come to mind quickly. There are bikes to rent at the corner of Chevy Chase Drive and Offutt (Bikeshare) and electric charging stations.
Where do the children go to school when they live in Kenwood Forest 2? This condo community is part of the Somerset Elementary School, Westland MS, Bethesda Chevy Chase HS cluster. There are approximately 2,000 students enrolled at B-CC from more than 55 countries. Approximately 75 percent of students go on to attend a four-year college; 20 percent attend a two-year college. BCC High School recently completed a 94000 square foot addition for new classroom space. The new addition includes two wings that connect the existing building to enhance circulation. The design featured collaborative learning areas adjacent to classrooms and found spaces near vertical circulation for gathering, performances, and learning. A naturally lit stairway was incorporated in the new addition as well as a large dance room. The stadium and sports fields were completed in March 2019.
B-CC has been participating in the International Baccalaureate Program since 1996. The program provides students a liberal arts, interdisciplinary education leading to a diploma recognized throughout the world. Instead of pursuing a full IB diploma, students at B-CC may choose to take one or more IB courses (except Theory of Knowledge) and obtain a certificate for the successful completion of the requirements for each course (more on B-CC’s IB program).
Nearby private schools include Holton Arms, Landon, Georgetown Prep, and Stone Ridge. If you would like more information about the schools that serve the 8101 Connecticut Avenue condos, just click here.
When Kenwood Forest was first completed, many people who lived there had a baby and then moved to the suburbs. Now, people come to Kenwood Forest and stay to raise their families. The schools are great and while the townhomes are not huge, there is room for one or two children. Some families even have three children (or more).
What is Nearby
This townhome community is very popular with people looking for a high walkability index, good schools and lots of amenities. Do you want to leave your car in its parking space and take the Red Line or the new Purple Line to work or fun. If you would rather get in a long bike ride all the way to Georgetown, the Capital Crescent Trail is just a block away right by Silver and Chop’t. Since this is Bethesda, you know that all the restaurants and movie theaters and shops of downtown Bethesda are just outside the door!
Everything you need is nearby from grocery stores to fine shops, good restaurants, movie theaters and commuter routes around the city. The Safeway on Bradley Boulevard is just down the street at the corner of Arlington Road and Target and Trader Joes are just a few blocks away on Wisconsin Avenue. There are several restaurants nearby, like Moby Dick’s or True Foods on Wisconsin Avenue, Uncle Julio’s and Sweet Green on Bethesda Avenue, and Le Pain Quotidien, Luke’s Lobster Roll and Hawkers in Bethesda Row.
The Bethesda pool is nearly in your backyard and Norwood Park is a short walk away. There will soon be a dog park at Norwood, adding to the popularity of this neighborhood. Don’t miss the Capital Crescent Trail which will take you all the way to Georgetown!
Major employers in Bethesda include Marriott, the Walter Reed Medical Center, The Howard Hughes Institute, The National Institutes of Health, Capital One Bank, Lockheed Martin, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Booz Allen has just moved into the heart of Bethesda too. Kenwood Forest is close to not only the Red Line Metro in downtown Bethesda and the new purple line but also the Beltway and I-270, so that you can always get around the metro area from here.
What is for Sale Now?
This community is not very large and there are typically not many homes on the market throughout the year. To see what is on the market now, just click here.
If there are no homes for sale at the moment, please give the Lise Howe Group a call at 240-401-5577. Chances are that we know of another home coming on the market shortly. We have helped over 100 people buy, sell and rent in Kenwood Forest. We know the community well! Other townhome communities that you might consider are Westbard Mews near Massachusetts Avenue and Hamlet Place off Connecticut Avenue .
Want to Sell Your Home?
Just give us a call at 240-401-5577 or email us at email@example.com. We have buyers waiting for a townhome on Bradley, Chevy Chase, Hillandale, Offutt, and Willett. Maybe one of our buyers is waiting for a home just like your townhome! To find out the value of your home, just click here! There are a number of sites on the internet that will give you ‘estimates’ for what your home will sell for. These sites use public records and usually some kind of algorithm to try to produce a value for your home. These sites also publicly state their ‘error rates’. That means they aren’t correct, they are simply an estimate based on incomplete date. We would love to do a free comparative market analysis of your home or condo in Chevy Chase and let you know what you can expect. Our valuation is based on up to the moment data for homes that have recently sold in the area. Our valuation is not based on a formula that relies on public records which can take months to update. Please visit my website in order to get your free property evaluation for your home or condo. Call the Lise Howe Group to receive a confidential market evaluation of your home’s current value. Prices have been steadily appreciating over the last few years and you will probably be pleasantly surprised by the likely sale price of your home. The Lise Howe Group specializes in homes in Chevy Chase and Bethesda and we pride ourselves on our attention to every detail of the transaction so that you will have a stress free sale. We can be reached at 240-401-5577 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As one of the top teams in the DC metro area we help many sellers just like you each and every week.