New Mark Commons was one of the first planned unit developments (PUD), with a major objective of the builder being preservation of as many trees as possible. Edmund J. Bennett, a local award winning developer of innovative architectural techniques, building design and site planning, wanted residents and visitors to experience a visually pleasant community, with integrity and charm.
The first models opened in 1967, boasting the first contemporary designs in the area. New Mark Commons was completed in 1974. Within the past twelve months, sales have ranged between $500,000 – $699,000.
Located near I-270 (exit 5 – Maryland Avenue), Rockville Town Center and the Rockville Metro Center, New Mark Commons is a quiet and secluded neighborhood within the city limits of Rockville on 96 acres. An unusual contemporary ‘totem pole’ welcomes you at the entrance to the neighborhood.
This naturally wooded environment encapsulates 186 single family homes (ranging from 1154 sq ft – 2500 sf) and 198 town homes(that range from 1400 sq ft to 2125 sf), with styles ranging from colonial to splits to contemporary. There is a homeowners association and the annual fees range from $860 to $950.
The man-made lake serves at the focal point of this community, with other amenities such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, walk and bike paths and tot lots. New Mark Esplanade is the main through street, with most, if not all other roads being dead ends.
Students who live in New Mark Commons attend Beall Elementary, Julius West Middle and Richard Montgomery High School.
This community has a gardening club, a tree committee, landscaping and grounds committee. In 2009 they received both the Environmental Excellence Award for outstanding leadership in environmental practices and the GREEN Award for planting, care and management from the MD Urban & Community Forest Committee.
New Mark Commons has repeatedly been written up in various publications confirming the charm and tranquility of this lovely neighborhood. You are less than a mile to the shops and restaurants of Rockville Town Square and given the location just off 270 close to everything that Montgomery County offers.
I’ve been happy to call New Mark Commons and Rockville home for 32 years. My husband and I decided that Rockville would be a good place to raise a family and we were right. The Montgomery County schools were – and still are – excellent. The noted Richard Montgomery High School is nearby, but the entire district is well-regarded nationally. When my children were young, I was active in the PTA and enjoyed meeting other parents. That was one way I became part of the community in New Mark Commons.
Rockville, as a whole, cares a lot about education. The city recently completed a downtown library and arts center. The library is beautiful, with all the amenities you could imagine. The arts center has galleries and offers art education for all ages. Both the library and the arts center are near the town square, where we also enjoy the Memorial Day and Fourth of July festivals.
My husband does freelance work for companies all over the metro area, so we needed a home where he could get to work quickly, no matter where his assignments were located. Rockville provides that. New Mark Commons is close to I-270, but also to the Metro and I-95. The Metro is a short walk from our house, in fact. That’s another thing I like about Rockville – it’s very walkable. There are plenty of walking paths, downtown is only a stroll away, and if I need to get something, a gallon of milk, a copy of the newspaper, I don’t have to get in my car. Plus, the area is highly wooded, so there’s plenty of shade, even on the hottest summer days.
Our neighborhood of New Mark Commons is very close-knit. We’ve been here so long that we’re beginning to see the children we watched grow up move back. We like making our new (no longer so young) neighbors feel at home again. We recently considered moving – our children are grown and we don’t need as much space as we used to – but we decided against it. When it came down to it, we just couldn’t imagine leaving; we like living here too much.
Janice Perry has lived in her New Mark Commons, Rockville home since 1978.
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