The Fitz at Rockville Town Center is located at 501 Hungerford Drive, just 3 blocks from the Rockville Metro. The Fitz location combines the best of both worlds, the convenience of the shops and stores on the Rockville Pike and the Rockville Town Center and the history of downtown Rockville. The Fitz just a few miles north of Washington DC offers the convenience and excitement of a big city lifestyle in a comfortable community atmosphere.
Why Choose the Fitz at Rockville Town Center
The Fitz, built in 2003 at 501 Hungerford Drive, is a medium sized building of 221 condos and ample parking spaces. They range in size from two one bedroom units with 619 square feet of space on the first floor to sixteen three bedroom two bath units with 1465 square feet of space. The location at Hungerford Drive, just three blocks from the Rockville, is close to the Rockville Town Center, the Montgomery County courts, and lots of shops and delicious restaurants.
As time goes by, condo fees creep up and some creep up more than others. In 2021 the largest units – those with three bedrooms and 1465 square feet – sold in the high $300k’s and had a condo fee in the $600s each month. Compared with some other properties in Rockville, that is a positively great opportunity for a new buyer. Other appealing features of the Fitz include the gas cooking, the washers and dryers in each unit, pet friendly policy, ample parking, and proximity to shops and restaurants. If you are a first time buyer on a limited budget who needs a lot of space, you should definitely consider the Fitz!
Children who live at the Fitz attend Beall Elementary, Julius West Middle School and Richard Montgomery High School.
Richard Montgomery High School is the oldest public high school in Montgomery County. It was first established in 1892 as “Rockville High School”, when the state Board of Education first allocated funds to local school to educate high school students. The first class of twelve seniors graduated in 1897.
A new high school was constructed and opened for use in September 1905 on East Montgomery Avenue and Monroe Street. An addition was built in 1917, expanding the school to 19 classrooms. The school was renamed Richard Montgomery High School in 1935. The building was completed in 1942 at 49,167 sq ft (after a fire destroyed the old high school in 1940.) Additions to the school were made in 1952, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1988 and 2007. The current campus is 26.2 acres (106,000 m²) in size. The school has an artificial turf stadium next to tennis courts and a track.
The school houses Montgomery County’s first International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). This competitive-entry magnet program draws students from all over Montgomery County and has an IB diploma rate of 97%, the highest of its kind in the United States. The IB program has a 10% acceptance rate for incoming freshmen. Entry is based on an entrance examination, middle school transcripts, teacher recommendations, and personal essays.
Incoming freshmen who have been accepted into the IB program are first enrolled in a special two-year program consisting of courses designed to prepare them for more rigorous IB courses they will take in their junior and senior years. This also serves as a continuation of the final two years of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The first three years of the MYP program are offered to all students who attend Julius West Middle School, which is the sole middle school that feeds into RM. The MYP curriculum stresses “life long learning,” “critical thinking,” and “responsible global citizenship.” It is a five-year program designed for students in grades 6–10, and all Richard Montgomery students participate regardless of whether they are in the IB program or whether they participated in middle school. Upon completion, non-IB students can apply to enroll in the IB programme. Students are accepted each year through this secondary application process for the IB programme.
The average class size is 24.8, although this number has recently been increasing, and it has a student to staff ratio of 14.5:1.
In 2007, Richard Montgomery was featured in Newsweek magazine as the 27th highest-rated high school in the nation. In June 2002, it won its first award in National Scholastic Championship at George Washington University. Richard Montgomery High School won the 2003 Blue Ribbon in Education Award by the United States Department of Education. RM has been identified as the number one school in the D.C. metropolitan area in the Challenge Index for Rigor. Richard Montgomery has also had multiple Marian Greenblatt Education Fund award winner.
Recent Rankings by US News
In 2022, the condo fee for a one bedroom one bath unit with 732 square feet is $424. The fee for a three bedroom two bath unit with 1465 square feet is $688 a month. The condo fee includes cable tv and high speed internet, common area and exterior maintenance, management, parking, reserve funds, trash and snow removal, outdoor pool, club house, exercise room, meeting room and club house.
Pets at the Fitz at Rockville Town Center
There are no restrictions on pets at the Fitz at Rockville Town Center. If you have a dog at the Fitz, you definitely need to go to Bark Social at Pike and Rose.
Curious what is on the market right now at this pet friendly condo building? Look no further!
What Has Sold Recently at the Fitz
In the last quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, nine units sold at the Fitz in Rockville Town Center. The least expensive was an MPDU without income restrictions which sold for $216,000. With 1065 square feet of space and one bedroom and one bath, this was probably the bargain of the year. The most expensive unit to sell was a three bedroom two bath unit that sold for $395,000 with 1403 square feet of living space. That unit was two levels with a spiral staircase going to a loft upstairs.
What is Near the Fitz?
Montgomery Mall is just a short mile away with lots of shops, such as Nordstrom’s, Coach, Crate and Barrel, Sephora and Abercombrie and Fitch. The food court at Montgomery Mall has just been remodeled and is a vast improvement on its previous incarnation.
Everything you need is nearby from grocery stores to fine shops, good restaurants, movie theaters and commuter routes around the city. Close by the Fitz on the Rockville Pike are restaurants like Seasons 52 and Palamar in the new Rockville Town Center and the Pike & Rose. The nearest grocery stores are the Giant at Old Georgetown Road and the Balducci’s at Wildwood. In addition, there are Whole Foods grocery stores on the Rockville Pike and also on Executive Boulevard at 11355 Woodglen Dr, Rockville. Don’t miss the Harris Teeter at Park Potomac on I- 270 and another at 11845 Old Georgetown Rd. There is great shopping close at hand at Wildwood on Old Georgetown Road also with Balducci’s, banks and such, a pharmacy, Le Pain Quotidien, Starbucks, Sarah’s Handmade Ice Cream, Bethesda Bagels and distinctive boutiques like Blue Mercury.
Cabin John Park
Just a short drive along Tuckerman Lane brings you to the Cabin John Regional Park. Here you will find a large ice skating rink, ball fields, tennis courts, a popular children’s train, a dog park, and miles of trails for walking and exploring. Cabin John is one of Montgomery County’s most popular parks!
Strathmore Hall is a wonderful addition to the cultural opportunities in the DC area and very near the Fitz.The music offered at Strathmore ranges from the Baltimore Syphony and the National Philharmonic to the Hip Hop Nutcracker and Wynton Marsalis.
What is the Value of Your Condo at the Fitz?
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 are happy to do a free comparative market analysis of your home or condo in Bethesda (or anywhere else in the DC metro area) and let you know what could expect to get in today’s market if you are considering selling. Our valuation is based on up to the day 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.
If there are no homes for sale right now at the Fitz at Rockville Town Center, you might want to check out other condo communities nearby. Some to consider are the Gables, Bentley Place, the Sterling, White Flint Station, Georgetown Village, and Tuckerman Station, just to name a few. If you are not certain where to start your search, give us a call at the Lise Howe Group. We know the Bethesda and North Bethesda condo communities well and will be delighted to share our thoughts with you. Think of us as your condo match maker!
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