In 1994, a master plan was designed to bring 5 new neighborhoods into a cohesive community in Clarksburg. Arora Hills (legal subdivision Greenway Village) was one of these. Out of farmland and forest, a new Clarksburg was born with plans for transit, open space and a greenway.
Builders started breaking ground in 2004, homes were being sold with nothing more than the plot plans and style of home to choose from. The plan offers 1300 new townhomes and single family homes to Montgomery County. There is building in progress at this very moment, to complete the vision and the development plan for Arora Hills, which is a very hopeful sign in this struggling economy.
Clarksburg was named after a Native American Trader named John Clarke in the 1700’s. Established at the intersection of the main roads between Frederick and Georgetown, Clarksburg’s growth from a small historic settlement to this new community is fascinating!
Builders K. Hovnanian, Ryan and Beazer are bringing a variety of colonial homes, both traditional and neo-traditional styles, ranging from 1900 to 4100 square feet of living space. Homeowner association fees vary in range between $75 and $140 a month.
Driving or walking through this community gives you the feeling of being “home”. There are two community clubhouses with pools, tot lots, bike and walk paths, pocket parks, 3 natural streams and beautiful landscaping throughout the Arora Hills neighborhood. Ovid Hazen Wells Park, with hundreds of acres of ball fields, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and trails are right on Skylark Drive, within walking distance of much of the community.
Families with school aged children will need to know that there are two elementary schools serving Arora Hills: Cedar Grove and Little Bennett; the middle school is Rocky Hill; and the high schools are Damascus and Clarksburg. There is a proposed middle school in Arora Hills.
The convenience of living three miles from I-270 (exit 16, Father Hurley Blvd) and just off route 27 can make a big difference in your work and errands commuting. You are only a couple of miles to Milestone’s Neelsville shopping center with conveniences such as grocery shopping, dining and ‘big box’ stores. Retail is in the nearby Clarksburg Village neighborhood.
Why do I love my neighborhood? I am super blessed to live in the neighborhood I live in. I have friends that, over the years, have become more like family than friends. Our children were born and raised together and grown up together. The saying, it takes a village to raise a child isn’t just a saying on my street. My daughters have several mothers and fathers here. We shovel each other’s sidewalks and make dinners for new mothers, we have women’s wine nights and the men have poker and corn hole tournaments. Our kids ride bikes in the cul de sac while the parents drink margaritas in the summer and blast music for everyone to enjoy. We have our own block party in October and the fire truck always comes and lets the kids climb on the ladder. My neighborhood is one giant party, a helpful hand ANYTIME you need one, multiple parents with multiple eyes and hands to help. We’ve all said it a million times, and I’m happy to write it for everyone to see. I am so lucky to live on my street and have this giant extended family to lean on
. Moving here was the best decision my husband and I have ever made.
A.M. from Arora Hills (Greenway Village)
My family moved to the Arora Hills subdivision in Clarksburg three years ago. One of the biggest reasons was our children, now in elementary, middle and high school. My wife and I have been extraordinarily pleased with the quality of education that they receive. More than that though, our neighborhood is very child-friendly. Parks are plentiful nearby – including a large county park that runs along the entire subdivision – and our community pool is wonderful.
Another benefit of living in Arora Hills is our active Home Owner’s Association. About every three months or so, it sponsors a social event. Those are always a good chance to get to know the neighbors. We’ve made many friends this way. Also, the HOA, in collaboration with our developer, takes very good care of the neighborhood. During last winter’s blizzards, our streets – even our alleys – were plowed while DC was still trying to dig out.
There are quite a few commuting options into DC. I carpool most mornings; it only takes about 35 minutes once we pick up all the passengers, though we do leave early. There are buses in the neighborhood that stop at the Metro lines, including an express bus if you’re in a hurry. There’s even a commuter rail into the city. I’ve used all of these methods before and they all work well.
The greater Clarksburg area is full of things to do. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in Germantown, only a short drive away, and Clarksburg is slated to get two new shopping centers of it’s own, soon. The nearby Comus Inn offers gourmet dining and views of Sugarloaf Mountain. About fifteen minutes up the road from us is Monocacy National Battlefield, an historic Civil War site.
We’ve enjoyed living in Clarksburg, Arora Hills, in particular. It’s convenient to so much that living here is easy. The Ruvinsky Family
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