There are 76 Charles Goodman homes in this quiet development with one entrance. The rolling landscape and native plants inform the architecture and siting of these midcentury modern houses. (None are currently on the market.)
Rock Creek Woods Rock Creek Woods is nestled in a wooded valley between two creeks. It is located in Silver Spring, Maryland, roughly one mile north of Kensington, Maryland; 6 miles from the Washington, DC border at Chevy Chase Circle, via Connecticut Avenue; just over 4 miles to NIH, Walter Reed, Suburban Hospital and stops on both ends of the Metro Red Line — Wheaton and Grosvenor/Strathmore. Its three streets are Ingersol Drive, Rickover Road, and Spruell Drive.
Rock Creek Woods is desirable both for its homes and for its proximity to amenities such as the great music venue at Strathmore, the restaurants of Bethesda, and green spaces like Brookside Gardens.
Public schools in the area are highly regarded, including Rock View Elementary, Newport Mill Middle School and Albert Einstein High School. There is a Montessori nursery school just around the corner from the house. Several French-speaking children in the neighborhood attend Rochambeau, The French International School in Bethesda, Maryland. Einstein High School offers 4 academies: Academy of Finance, Business Management and Marketing, part of the National Academy Foundation; International Baccalaureate (IB) Program; Renaissance Academy; and the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. The academies are committed to providing a meaningful, student-centered and challenging high school experience while preparing students for postsecondary education and a variety of career choices. Students have many opportunities to explore their interests while making real-world connections.
Bus – Walk two to three blocks to Connecticut Avenue and pick up a bus for a straight shot all the way into downtown Washington, DC.
Metro – Drive or take two buses to the Red Line Grosvenor/Strathmore subway stops. Or walk about 8 minutes to Veirs Mill Road and take a bus to the Red Line Wheaton subway stop (or drive). Parking is available at both stations, although may be filled during a busy morning commute.
Trains – Take the Red Line Metro to Union Station in DC, or drive the Beltway to the New Carrollton Amtrak Station, or pick up a MARC train at the Kensington train station.
Planes – There are three major airports serving the Washington, DC region. The closest and accessible by metro is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA); and there is Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI).
The Rock Creek Woods website — https://rockcreekwoods.org — provides information about the history of the neighborhood; community activities such as the book club, lunch club, movie night, and Labor Day picnic; recommendations by neighbors on caring for your home and car, professional services, restaurants and stores; and archived newsletters.
Architecture and Landscape
Charles M. Goodman was the architect who designed the community. He was a leader in bringing contemporary design and creative site planning to the Washington, DC area. Goodman’s homes in Rock Creek Woods are full of innovative ideas, carefully thought out details, and sparse geometric design, based on panel blocks of vertical wood siding, glass, and brick and with gently sloping roofs and wide eaves. The houses take advantage of natural grades and slopes to provide siting that preserves privacy while giving light through the floor-to-ceiling window walls. The liberal use of glass gives the feel of an unbroken flow from inside to the natural world outside. A walk through Rock Creek Woods in spring offers a breathtaking view of the signature cherry trees. During the height of their blossoming, cherry tree petals blanket the yards and streets in pink.
National Historic Register of Places
Rock Creek Woods is listed on the National Historic Register of Places, which makes residents eligible for a 20% credit to Maryland income tax for approved projects that maintain the integrity of the home’s original Goodman design. For instance, a new roof can cost 20% less if it is in keeping with the original design. (The National Historic Register of Places is not Historic Preservation. There are no restrictions on changes owners may want to make to their homes.)
Rock Creek Woods Civic Association
There is a friendly little neighborhood association… with no fees, dues, or covenants.