We live in a family-centered planned community in the suburbs about 25 miles from DC. The community has the atmosphere of a small town. Our street has only 8 houses on it and we enjoy having grocery stores, restaurants, walking paths, a farmer's market, a basketball court and numerous parks all within easy walking distance of our house. Across the street from our home is a small park with swings, bridges, slides, a teeter tooter and an entrance to a public walking trail. Within walking distance of our house is our community clubhouse, 3 pools, lighted fields for baseball, softball and soccer, and a picnic pavilion. During the summer, many of the children participate in the community's swim team. The team puts a fish on the door of all the kids on the swim team. We enjoy walking around the neighborhood and seeing the homes with children on the swim team.
Our community sponsors many events for residents to participate in to create a feeling of community, such as outdoor movie screenings, pool parties, musical events, a 4th of July community parade hosted by the neighborhood kids, a community dinner and an Oktoberfest with hay rides, games for the kids and food vendors. Halloween is very popular in our community. Families pull out all the stops to decorate their houses and kids come from all over the area to Trick-or-Treat. In December, the community also has a house holiday decorating contest.
The elementary, middle school and high school are all less than 2 miles from our home and the middle school is within walking distance of our home. All 3 schools are rated above average in school quality compared to other schools in the area. The schools are also ethnically diverse which is very important to us!