The couple, who have four children ranging in age from 2 to 10, praised the local public schools - Fulton Elementary, Lime Kiln Middle and Reservoir High - clustered together off Route 216.
"When we first moved in, there were only nine children on the [elementary] school bus, and now there are 50," said Christy. "This is an especially great place for families."
Children swarmed the pool and playground areas surrounding the community center Saturday, yet some residents did not choose the neighborhood for its child population.
Richard Keating and his wife, June, are empty nesters who moved into Maple Lawn three years ago from a 1960s rancher on three-quarters of an acre in Laurel. They chose a larger, low-maintenance home with a first-floor master bedroom.
A vice president with a Silver Spring mortgage company, Richard Keating said the neighborhood's easy access to U.S. 29, Interstate 95 and other highways was a large factor in their decision. The couple are visited frequently by their four children and six grandchildren, who come from Virginia, New Jersey and Montgomery County.
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