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In a way, it's a celebration of the home. This week, Jewish families all over the world celebrate Sukkot, the "Feast of Booths." The observance requires life -- meals, gatherings and perhaps even sleep -- in a fragile and temporary structure that is neither heated nor rainproof. It's a joyous and at the same time humbling experience. Even if you're not Jewish, you might have seen the big tent-like structures set up in many places downtown that office workers take their lunches to, or you might have noticed the little hut your neighbor built on their balcony or in their...Continue Reading!
Ever wondered what life was like in Washington DC in the 1930s? We have -- many, many times. Perhaps it's our fascination with house history or local history in general, but this video really amazed us. It's a rare 10-minute portrait of the city and it's people, shot in the summer of 1936. Enjoy! Continue Reading!
I'm crazy about curbside recycling in Bethesda and around town (DC, too!). We bring so much to the curb each Wednesday morning, that I often wonder what we did before recycling became so... regular. I have visions of garbage bags in the double digits. Some of this enthusiasm might be fueled by a recent purging of the Sandalow household. We are on a mission! And for several weeks now, the paper bin has been filled to the brim (and I'm not talking small bin... this one is huge... 32-gallons huge!). The recycling folks take all sorts of stuff, including: mixed paper newspaper glass bottles...Continue Reading!
Lately, we've been hearing (and complaining) a lot about fare increases in the DC Metro and bus system. Many commuters are rethinking their options. The cost of gas and of parking at or near a downtown office building is often weighed against the inconvenience and cost of public transportation and commuter lots. We're glad the balance hasn't tipped back in favor of the car yet. At least that's what it seems like--even most of our suburban buyers now prefer locations near a Metro station or major bus lines. That said, there's some good news out from WMATA this week: a new schedule...Continue Reading!
I hate traffic. Who doesn't? More and more, buyers of real estate are asking (no, DEMANDING!) to live near Metro. They don't necessarily have to live within a block of metro, but within a mile is a constant refrain. Because this comes up a lot, I've created a series of posts on the subject (Walk to Bethesda Metro, Walk to Friendship Heights Metro, etc). If you want to live within walking distance of the Red Line, you'll find maps outlining various metro-accessible neighborhoods by name, information about housing prices and local amenities. And if you care to live near Bethesda...Continue Reading!