"Decent prices for homes relative to the area, neighborhood better than expected"
When we moved into Farmingdale, we weren't sure what the neighborhood was going to be like. The buildings aren't exactly new, but they are pretty well maintained on the outside. We saw a couple of cars parked in the "open" parking spaces that looked like they haven't been moved in a month or two (busted windows, flat tires, missing various pieces of bodywork, etc...), and it turned out that our hunches were right! The community has been enforcing the rules recently, so that's not so much of a complaint as it was to begin with. Parking, however, is atrocious! Whoever designed these condominiums and thought that one parking space was going to be enough was wrong! I know it was from a day in time where people didn't have as much money to buy extra cars, but the "open" spaces are still clogged by old cars and there isn't much of it. People also have parked in our reserved space a couple of times, and it's good for them that the towing company is not so responsive. The community pool is nice, but the fitness center lacks anything of value for someone who is above the second week in their workout plan or routine. The good news, however, is that Washington Sports Clubs (by the CVS, Dairy Queen and Outback off of Wisteria Drive) and Fitness First (off 355 by the Giant, Chevy Chase Bank and the MCT Credit Union) are close by and they're both really nice fitness clubs. There are sidewalks throughout the community and neighboring areas so you can walk to the Shoppers or Subway or the bank if you want to, and it's great to go jogging through the area around the state park. The county is really responsive to resident issues (complaints about cable service and billing, which if you go with Comcast, you will have, recycling services, reporting potholes in the roads, etc...) and the Ride On bus stop is nearby so it's easy to access for those who don't have a car. You should be cautioned that Farmingdale's residential roads, even the ones with speed bumps, have become the Germantown expressway. People drive around the curves here not on their side of the road and on top of that they drive so fast that if you were turning in from Dairymaid Drive then you might have an accident with them because they came barreling around the corner at 35 MPH and weren't paying attention to where they were going. Then, they look at you like you were supposed to yield to them and to get out of their way even though you don't have any other place to go because there's cars parked on either side. Drivers beware! The residents in this community need to learn how to drive cautiously and respectfully. Speaking of respectfully, the trash buildings, which are a good idea since you don't have to see it bulging out a dumpster, are the example of how people have no respect for where they live. Most people place their trash into the allocated containers, but then you have the one person who just opens the door and throws the trash bag onto the floor and the trash in their trashbag spews out all over the floor and into the neighborhood and they just walk away like they don't even care. It just makes me sick. Not only does it attract pests, but it's unclean and it shows no pride for where you live... and people OWN these units! The community is NOT your dumpster and you shouldn't treat it like it is one! Other than that, the community is a diverse and nice place to live. I know my neighbors and they all know me and it's nice to live somewhere that's rather close to things but that's also not right off 270.