Levitt and Sons (of Levittown Fame) built this wonderful neighborhood of single family houses starting in 1967. In the late 60's these new home were considered the upscale "luxury homes" of the time. An interesting history of the Strathmore at Bel Pre neighborhood and all the other Levitt communities can be found on the Levittown and Beyond Website.
The spacious homes are set on larger than average lots. Most of the lots in Strathmore at Bel Pre are well over 10,000 square feet and some go up to over an acre in size. The homes have generous setbacks and rolling terrain with curved streets and many cul de sacs with a landscaped center island at the end. Unlike older subdivsions in the Silver Spring area, Strathmore Bel Pre has underground utilties. There are no overhead wires to spoil the landscape or cause power outages.
Srathmore Bel Pre has a very active civic association. The neighborhood has plenty of open park, picnic and play areas. There is a Swim and Tennis Club for the use of residents. The Bel Pre Recreation Association (BPRA) is the governing body for the Strathmore Home Owners Association and HOA annual fee is an incredibly low $225 per year.
There were 4 styles of houses originally built in 1968. All of the homes came with 2 car garages and hardwood floors. There were options for a basement, fireplace and conversation pit.
There were 545 homes built by Levitt and Sons between 1968 and 1973.
The Trent - Modern Dutch Colonial 2 Story
The Fairfield - Farmhouse Style Cape Cod 1 1/2 story
2 Larger Models with more amenities were added in 1970:
The Embassy - Center Hall Colonial with circular staircase, bay windows and exposed beam ceilings
The Blair - California Ranch with Atrium entrance courtyard and optional conversation pit!
There were 545 homes built by Levitt and Sons between
1968 and 1973.
Levitt and Sons sold the last 250+ lots to a local builder the early 80's so there are newer homes that were built in the mid 1980's and later.
Strathmore Bel Pre is located in the northern part of Silver Spring, sometimes called "Aspen Hill" in the Silver Spring Md zip code area 20906. The neighborhood is bisected by a beautiful wooded preserve. The Matthew Henson Park and Trail runs through it.
The borders of Strathmore at Bel Pre are roughly: Bel Pre Road to the East, Layhill Road to the South, Georgia Ave on the west and Gate of Heaven Cemetery & Hewitt Ave to the North.
The closest Metro Station is the Glenmont Station on Metro's Red Line.
Montgomery County Public Schools serving the Srathmore Bel Pre Neighborhood:
There are 3 elementary schools within the borders of the subdivision:
Bel Pre Elementary School - Pre K to 2nd Grade
Strathmore Elementary School - 3rd Grade to 5th Grade
Georgian Forest Elementary School
The location (street and number) of the house within the neighborhood will determine which one the of the 3 schools a child living at the address will attend. The assignment can be found at the Montgomery County School Assignment
Middle School - Part of the Middle School Magnet Consortium (MSMC) Argyle part of the Magnet Program
Argyle Middle School
High School - Part of the Down County High School Consortium (DCC) Kennedy Part of the DCC Choice Schools Kennedy High School