- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 16, 2006

King Farm is part of an urban-planning trend also known as “new urbanism.” Built following the theories of architect-planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, new urban communities emulate the scale, charm and intimacy of the 18th- and 19th-century villages.

King Farm has been developed to encourage walking. Sidewalks lead to shops, restaurants, playgrounds and parks. Garages are built in the backs of the houses with access through alleyways. Residents share 140 acres of green space.

King Farm was a 430-acre dairy farm in Rockville between Interstate 270 and Maryland Route 355. The first homes were completed in 1997.

The community is a mix of big and small houses, so people of varying means can live in the neighborhood together. All the houses are close to the street. Each has a broad front stoop or a porch.

King Farm offers single-family houses, town houses and condos, as well as apartments above stores and restaurants in the village center.

Single-family homes start in the low $400,000s. Town houses start around $280,000, and condos begin at $257,000.

Irvington Centre office complex was built in King Farm so that residents could live and work in the same community. It is the 90-acre commercial centerpiece of King Farm.

For commuters, King Farm is minutes from I-270 and the Shady Grove Metro station. A free shuttle bus runs through the neighborhood on weekdays, bringing people to Metro or Irvington Centre.

King Farm Village Center is a 120,000-square-foot retail center that offers services such as banking and dry cleaning, as well as cafes and restaurants.

The development also is near the Shady Grove campuses of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, as well as Montgomery College in Rockville.

King Farm Community Center, the jewel of the neighborhood’s recreational space, offers residents access to a large meeting area, a gym and an outdoor pool and is home to King Farm youth swim team. A similar community center is planned for northern King Farm.

Watkins Pond is the name of a King Farm neighborhood as well as a 12-acre park developed by the city of Rockville, featuring tennis courts, basketball courts, softball fields, two playgrounds and several picnic areas.

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