The Washington DC area has always been known as one of the most vibrant places on the east coast. This isn’t just because of the actual city itself, but because of the many thriving suburban areas surrounding it. Each of them is attractive in their own rights, but few stand out as much as Kemp Mill. Located directly north of Washington DC, Kemp Mill is one of the many unincorporated areas around the city located in Montgomery County.
The name Kemp Mill came about in 1857 when a man named George Kemp bought an old saw and grist mill in the area. From that time, the Kemp family continued to run the mill until it closed in 1905 due to dwindling demand, as more of the milling industry moved towards the Midwest.
In 1957, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission bought the site. The first neighborhood started with the construction of single-family units on both sides of Lamberton Drive near Arcola Avenue. As people started moving in, more roads were built, each allowing for numerous other structures to be built as well.
Physically, the area has changed a lot since the mid-60s. However, the tight-knit community feel has remained the same. The proximity of everything gives most people the ability to walk wherever they need. Kemp Mill boasts a local Shopping Center, schools, and diverse religious institutions and parks. Many amenities are accessible in a few minutes simply by walking or short drive.
Residential Development of Kemp Mill
The Kemp Mill community dates to 1957 and has continued to develop over the years. Most attractive for young families are the Mid-Century Modern homes – mid-sized single-family homes that are competitively priced and built on larger plots of land. Although many are not newer builds, their construction and designs were award-winning in their time of introduction. Today they add quite a bit of a historic charm to the neighborhood.
The Kemp Mill Area is bounded by 3 large Montgomery County Parks; Sligo Creek is adjacent to Kemp Mill, Wheaton Regional Park (536 acres), and the Northwest Branch into the Anacostia River. Each of these parks have greenway trails that surround, and or, border Kemp Mill, providing many opportunities to enjoy nature.
The KM real estate profile is very diverse. It includes hi-rise condos, townhouses, and a variety of detached houses. Kemp Mill Urban Park, centrally located on Arcola Avenue, has long served as a popular meeting place and playground, and was reopened in May 2017 after major renovations.
Increasingly long-term owners are making sizable additions and in many cases moving up within Greater Kemp Mill, as most Kemp Mill residents enjoy the area and are so committed to this attrac-tive location that they try to upgrade their current home or move within the areas. This is a great place to live and has shown stable long-term home values even in down markets. We believe that the Greater Kemp Mill Area Properties have Excellent Long Term Property Values.
For years, we have been sending a report from time-to-time to Greater Kemp Mill residents and owners that exhibited sales by Area and Style. That report was structured geographically based on our experiences in seeing how Greater Kemp Mill developed and how especially, buyers told us in what areas they were seeking a home. The Ciment and Shields Team has had a long and deep association with the Greater Kemp Mill Area having sold over 500 homes and another 100 condos. We have followed the development of parts of Greater Kemp Mill by different builders and individuals. In fact, we have advised several builders on what are the favorite features of many buyers in Kemp Mill. Our breakdown of subdivisions and areas is directly linked to the fact that some areas were built with different models, styles and price ranges and these distinctions show up in real estate valuations in transactions and interests of buyers.
Greater Kemp Mill Subdivisions and Featured Areas: (See Kemp Mill Guide, with Map of these areas and background)
- KM/Arcola Place/Woods: ~68 homes south of Arcola Ave
- Kemp Mill Estates: ~1,280 homes on both sides of Lamberton Drive, bounded by Arcola Avenue and Kemp Mill Rd
- Kemp Mill Farms: ~110 homes: North and West of Kemp Mill Road
- Kemp Mill Forest: ~110 Stanley Martin homes , including 15 Townhouses
- KM/Hemingway Court Townhouses: ~13 Units
- KM/Hermleigh Area: ~111 Homes on Hermleigh, Saddlerock Rd/Ct and Auth Lane
- KM/Watermill Lane Townhouses: ~30 Units
- Springbrook Forest: ~108 homes: Access through Stonington Rd/Viewcrest Ter.
- Tallwood Glen: ~50 Stanley Halle homes in the Yeatman Terrace/Court/Farm Area (Parts of Bromley / Kersey Streets)
- University Towers 1111/1121 University Blvd W: ~522 condo units
Kemp Mill Homes for Sale
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