East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 11/17/17

No new listings. None under contract this week. One price reduction. One open house from 1-4pm on Sunday.

All the homes in this article are currently for sale in East Bethesda. The top of the list features the newest listings while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market for quite some time. I’ll be posting updates every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming.

Why East Bethesda? I (Marcie) have lived in East Bethesda since 1995 and I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda since 1999. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of Bethesda Metro AND NIH/Walter Reed. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines (and please keep in mind that these are not all of my own listings), I’ve taken the time to inject my opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. I hope you’ll give me a call if you have any questions. I have loved living here over the years, and I want to share it with other enthusiastic people!

4605 Glenbrook Parkway, $1,450,000
5BR/4.5BAs. Built in 2004. Lot’s of space. Open kitchen. Finished basement with home theater and wet bar. Level yard. 1-car attached garage. Listed with Coldwell Banker. Days on Market: 29
4602 Chase Avenue, $1,472,724
New construction home by Paramount. Many models to choose from. Price depends on size and finishes. Listed with Rory S. Coakley Realty, Inc. Days on Market: 30
4627 Chestnut Street, $1,899,900
2017 construction. 6BR/5.1BA. Sits on a 6,000 s.f. lot. Awfully convenient to Harris Teeter and metro. Nice deck and covered front porch. 200 s.f. larger than the one next door. Listed with Wydler Bros. Days on Market: 36
4621 Chestnut Street, $1,849,000
New construction with 6BR/5.1BA. Lots of space in neutral gray tones. Big basement. Fancy kitchen. Love the tile in the master bath. Unusually wide house. Interesting staircase… I like it! Listed with Wydler Bros. Days on Market: 56
4509 Gladwyne Drive, $815,000
Try to ignore the exterior paint colors, which are fun, but maybe a bit buyer specific. On the inside you’ll find an updated and quite modern setting with a cool stairway, interesting bath tile and a sleek kitchen. Pretty floors. 4BR/3FB. Recent $30K price reduction. Open Sunday 1-4pm. Listed with Century 21. Days on Market: 61
4504 Chestnut Street, $725,000
2BR/1FB on a 4,800 s.f. lot. Dated kitchen. Original baths. It’s a lot to pay for a 2BR home on a small lot. Listed with Re/Max. Days on Market: 65
4616 Maple Avenue, $1,749,900
Built in 2007, this house has won the location lottery. Tons of space, walkable to everything. 7BR/5.1BA. 6,000 s.f. lot. Nicely terraced backyard. Handsome kitchen. Open floor plan. Listed with Compass. Days on Market: 147
4537 North Chelsea Lane, $1,700,000
A new home will be built on this lot with 6BR/5.1BA. The lot measures 5,390 s.f.. The agent tells me it will likely list between $1.6 and $1.7 mil. Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: not officially on the market

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

If you would like to take a look at any of these East Bethesda properties, give me a call. I’d be happy to arrange a tour.

RECENT SETTLED SALES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

Recent East Bethesda Sales Closing Date Original List Price Sold Price Subsidy
4617 Glenbrook Parkway 9/8/17 $649,000 $661,000
4613 Sleaford Road 9/25/17 $1,729,000 $1,627,000
8641 Terrace Garden Way 9/27/17 $1,350,000 $1,050,000
8201 Tilbury Street 10/2/17 $899,000 $840,000
4628 Chestnut Street 10/12/17 $1,395,000 $1,375,000 $6,750
4525 Sleaford Road 10/13/17 $1,149,000 $1,104,500 $4,000
4616 North Chelsea Lane 10/27/17 $835,000 $835,000

 

If you like East Bethesda, you might enjoy reading some of my other posts:

2017 East Bethesda Home Sales

Top 10 Reasons to Live in East Bethesda

B-CC Cluster Schools

Walk to Bethesda Metro & Walk to NIH/Medical Center Metro

 

Looking to buy or sell? Click here.

The “Azalea Man’s” Modest Abode

Time set the record straight. After a WTOP story on “DC’s Million Dollar Kit Houses” ran earlier this year, and sometimes after we write about kit houses for sale that are priced even higher than that, we receive messages from unhappy readers reminding us that the majority of existing historic mail-order homes, even in our area, will not sell for a million dollars.

Of course, that’s true. We got emails from owners in Hyattsville and Anacostia, describing the pride they took in preserving their Sears homes. And perhaps we don’t venture off to other parts of town often enough. But the truth is, we’ve lately been focusing on the Chevy Chase kit houses for a reason, and ironically, it’s often easier to find well-preserved architectural features in historically higher priced neighborhoods.

So today, we’re taking you to DC’s Woodridge, where a sweet Sears “Windsor” from 1922 just hit the market for $399,000. The place could actually be a great deal for first-time buyers who want to stay close in. It’s about a mile from the Rhode Island (Red Line) Metro station, about 3 miles from downtown DC, close to parks, shopping and dining, and it has a WalkScore of 80 (“Very Walkable”). The price is 18% below the 3rd quarter median ($485,500) for the 20018 zip code, and the lot is large; it even has a well-groomed rose garden! [continued below the photos]

 

The Windsor was a popular bungalow-style house with Arts and Crafts elements, but it was one of the smaller of such models. How about the first owners? Were they end users who put the home together with friends and family in order to live in it like most of the purchasers of more modest kit houses? Or was it a developer who built the house on spec, according to what might have sold best in the neighborhood?

Turns out it was neither. The first owners were Benjamin Edwards, according to the 1930 census a Kentucky-born “Real Estate Operator,” and his wife Amanda. They owned and sold lots of properties in the 1920s. This particular home was built as an investment property, although it wasn’t rented out for too long. The Edwards financed the construction with an original 5-year mortgage from Sears of $3800, which wasn’t released until 1927 but which they simply passed on in the form of another mortgage to Evelyn and Joseph Gilmore, who bought the house in 1924. Yes, today, this would be considered fraudulent.

Joseph Gilmore, a young WW I vet, became the “Azalea Man,” a local celebrity who was widely credited with bringing the flowering bushes – which now color practically every corner of the city each April – to Washington. He cultivated Azaleas in his garden, and his customers won flower shows, but during the day he worked at the nearby railroad repair yard. In fact, his wife Evelyn, a clerk, made more money than he did. According to his Washington Post obituary, the couple lived in their “modest home” until Joseph died there of a heart attack in 1951.

We didn’t notice any azaleas, but there certainly are dozens of rose bushes lining the yard.

(For my collection of historic kit houses currently for sale in the DC area, click here.)

 

Chevy Chase Charmer

For Sale

7313 Summit Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

 

Offered at $869,000

Welcome to this charming colonial residence situated in the highly desirable Chevy Chase neighborhood of Martins Addition. Nestled beautifully on the ridge of scenic, low traffic Summit Avenue, this home is just steps away from the Brookville Road shops and Chevy Chase Park with easy access to downtown DC! This move-in ready home offers a perfect combination of size, location and amenities.

For more information:

Laurie Rosen 301-704-3344

Marcie Sandalow 301-758-4894

Cati Bannier 202-487-7177

A Variety Of Vallonias

Sears house in Maryland
The Brookmont Sears & Roebuck “Vallonia” in 2012

Time to confess: we’re not always failproof when it comes to the authentication of historic kit houses. There’s the case of the “Vexing Vallonia” for instance, that Marcie called a possible “Sears knock-off.”  It wasn’t vexing for too long, though. A few years later, we found a Sears mortgage for the original purchase and construction of the mail-order home.

So this time around, as the house is on the market again, renovated five years ago and quite obviously cherished by the new owners since then, there’s no doubt the house is the real deal! And while the fake “brick” sheet asphalt siding might have been original, the vinyl siding that replaced it is actually a lot more becoming (hard to believe I just said that, isn’t it?). The kitchen has been opened up to include one of the first-floor bedrooms, there’s an airy “morning room” addition, and the house overall is bright and inviting. It just hit the market for $1,200,000, and the listing‘s 3-D tour (courtesy of Redfin) lets you take a closer look at a lot of the little details, old or new. (You can find a 1920s catalog image and floor plan for comparison here.)

 

The deceivingly spacious, 4-5-bedroom “Vallonia,” was one of the more popular models from the Sears catalog, at least in this area. As of today, there are six known Vallonias still standing in Washington, DC. Another seven, including the Ridge Drive one, are on our list for the DC suburbs. Incidentally, one of my weirdest real estate moments years back occurred when I was trying to show this Vallonia in College Park, MD.

Simon and Kathryn in front of their Langdon/Woodridge Vallonia

Of course, the puzzling Vallonia encounter also happened during the early years of this blog. The internet and lots of gadgets have brought researchers and resources much closer; we’ve learned so much more over the past five years. And the messages, emails, tips, and photos from our readers have educated us more, one house at a time. Just a couple of weeks ago, for instance, I got a message from a fellow Realtor, Simon Sarver, who told me he was the proud owner of a Vallonia in DC’s Langdon neighborhood. There was no mention of the home’s origins when he bought the house a couple of years ago. That it might be a kit house only dawned on him much later when he saw a similar house in a Pinterest post. There’s a lot of original detail in the house–hopefully, we’ll get to document it one day.

In the meantime, check out this  DC Vallonia which was listed for over $1M and just went under contract in the Foxhall neighborhood near Georgetown hospital. And here are a few more of our local Vallonias:

Sears house in Palisades DC
A Vallonia in DC’s Palisades
Vallonia in Bethesda
A Vallonia in East Bethesda

 

 

 

 

Vallonia in Takoma Park MD
A Vallonia in Takoma Park MD

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Are you Interested in Kit House History? We can help!

Cati and Marcie are Realtors by day and house history enthusiasts by night. We specialize in NW DC and close-in Montgomery County, MD, but cover the entire Washington metropolitan area. House History–the hidden stories behind the walls of the homes we sell or walk by every day–has long been a passion of ours (In fact, for Cati, a former journalist, it was what ultimately brought her to the world of DC real estate).

We have written about many house-stories in our individual blogs over the years, and we sometimes have surprised (and delighted!) clients with our research findings. When the time allows, we love digging in archives, city records and historic collections. What we find, is sometimes funny, sad or scary, but it’s always a part of the DC area’s story as well. And when it comes to history of any kind, there could not be a better place for that than the metropolitan area of the Nation’s Capital!

If you have followed us for even a short while, you probably know that one of our special interests are the mail-order homes of the early 20th century. In many Washington, DC, neighborhoods and in the city’s older suburbs, we can find an abundance of those historic kit houses. (More often than not, the owners have no idea that some 90 or 100 years ago, their house arrived neatly packaged on a railroad car, in thousands of numbered pieces.)

You can learn more about catalog homes here, “like” our Facebook page for updates or email or tweet us with questions or suggestions for houses to write about.

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*Catalog images provided courtesy of Internet Archive.

A Favorite DC Kit House

Yes, it’s true — this Aladdin “Pomona” is still one of our favorites. It’s not too far from our office, and we’ve watched the current owners of 8 years renovate and expand it, in a beautiful and sensitive way. At least that’s what it looked like from the outside. We once knocked at the door and even left a note for the owner about the home’s history (built in 1921 by one Charlotte E. Haskell, it was another woman-owned DC kit house in its day), but we’d never seen the inside until now.

The “Pomona” hit the market for $1,399,000 yesterday, and it’s just as beautiful inside as out. The updates are sleek and have brought the home into the 21st century, but they don’t violate its core or completely sacrifice its architectural integrity, even though the floor plan and size have been significantly expanded. (Yes, some bungalow purists might disagree on this. But the reality is that in high price neighborhoods, the alternative might be a tear down. And we’d always take an awesome house over the destruction of history.)

You can find a listing summary here and the MLS photos here.

Catalog image courtesy of the Clarke Historic Library: Aladdin Pomona-1919_fall_annual_sales_catalog

3615 Patterson Street NW Washington DC 20015

FOR SALE

3615 Patterson Street NW
Washington, DC 20015

Offered at $859,000

Handsome brick colonial with 3 good-sized bedrooms and 2.5 baths in an ideal, walk-to-everything location. Fabulous kitchen renovation. Bonus bedroom/office in the finished attic. Walk-out basement with oodles of potential.

Call for more information!

Laurie Rosen
301-704-3344

Marcie Sandalow
301-758-4894

Catarina Bannier
202-487-7177

 

Peaceful Retreat in McLean Virginia

We can’t wait for everyone to see our new listing at 839 Towlston Rd. in McLean, Virginia. This home, nestled on 3.1 acres of wooded property was designed by Ted Bower who was one of a handful of associates of Frank Lloyd Wright. The light filled interior spans over 5,000 square feet and features incredible design details as well as some of the most spectacular night views you have ever seen. It is light filled and open with four different levels including a terrace or balcony off almost every room in the house. You can have the best of both worlds with this tucked away home in McLean – it’s just minutes away from the Beltway, downtown DC and Metro.

For more information and pictures, click here; for a Virtual Reality or 3D walk-through, enter the door:

A Kit House Tourist’s Dream Weekend in DC

This Aladdin catalog home, a 1922 “Pasadena” seen in an earlier photo, just hit the market. It can be found in the historic core of Takoma Park

Many thanks to all of you who emailed or called after last week’s WTOP segments! We got some exciting new kit house leads and will report about them in the near future. It seems like we have a bunch of new fans–motivation to keep up what many have been asking for: to alert them of new historic mail-order homes hitting the market. (And to those we haven’t responded to yet — we will do so very soon!)

As luck will have it, there are some great new kit house listings this week, from different catalog companies, in very different parts of town and in different price ranges.

Here we go:

A rare 1922 Aladdin “Pasadena” just hit the market in the Takoma Park, MD, Historic District. It’s rare because there are few Aladdin homes in the DC area, even though the Aladdin Company of Michigan was the original inventor of the mail-order home and is the only one of the kit house companies whose sales records are completely preserved. – This  “Pasadena” has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths (the original foot print was expanded), is listed for $585,000 and will be open from 1-4 pm this Sunday. You can find lots of pictures here in the virtual tour.

1922 Sears “Roanoke” in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington DC

A 1922 Sears “Roanoke” was put up for sale today in the Palisades neighborhood of DC (at 5741 Sherier Pl NW) today for $1,325,000.  The 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath house retains a lot of original detail and is beautifully updated and expanded. It’s open on both Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 pm. Click here for the floor plan and interior pictures.

This Google Street View image shows the 1920 Sears “Marina” in DC’s Woodridge as it looked in 2014, before it’s renovation (and transformation). In the current shape, only the centered entrance and first floor outline hint at the origins.

Across town, in Woodridge, there’s a totally gutted and rebuilt Sears house on the market that you wouldn’t recognize unless you consulted some old images: a 1920 Sears “Marina” that now sports a brand-new second floor and looks more like a smaller foursquare. 2209 Franklin NE; listed at $799,000; no open houses announced thus far. Across the street from Langdon Park, close to new Rhode Island Ave development and an easy commute away from downtown offices, this is a convenient location. The price nevertheless seems a bit steep. The picture here is a Google shot from a couple of years ago, but a slideshow of the house as it looks now can be found here. Quite a contrast.

This 1925 bungalow by the Lewis Mfg Co. on Alabama Avenue was completely renovated but maintains the exterior architectural integrity

In Hill Crest, in the SE quadrant of Washington, another renovated kit house is offered for$549,000 — a 1925 “San Fernando” by the Lewis Manufacturing Company. (3008 Alabama Ave SE; 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a separate kitchenette on the lower level. No open house here, either.) The MLS virtual tour can be found here.

Lewis Mfg Co. “Cambridge” model on Western Ave – one of the statelier homes from Lewis’ Guy Zepp era in DC.

Back in the northwest, on the Maryland side of Western Avenue in Chevy Chase, another, more upscale, Lewis house is available for rent. It’s a 1923 Lewis “Cambridge” that has been expanded with a family room off the kitchen and a master suite above that. But it also retains some interesting original detail such as the unusual box casement windows in the living room. I remember the house well from when it was for sale nearly ten years ago, and a major draw was the property itself: in addition to a large pool, it has a huge, deep, park-like backyard. The MLS slide show contains floor plan drawings, so you can compare to the catalog original. You might notice that the double window in the “den or sewing room” above the entrance was replaced by a smaller single window–the room now contains a bath. The unusual, almost barrel-roofed portico is probably not original to the house, either.  6506 Western Ave Chevy Chase, MD; available for lease beginning June 15th, 2017 for $4,250.

All in all, it’s quite the lineup for mail-order house lovers right now! As always, let us know if you’re interested in seeing any of these.

 

The Starlight’s Siblings

Sears Starlight with slightly modified entry

Last week, we put a 1922 Sears “Starlight” catalog home on the market. It’s one of five known “Starlights” in DC (which have been authenticated mainly via the Sears Roebuck mortgages extended to the original owners). The Starlight was one of the simpler and less costly homes that the mail-order company offered in the 1920s, but this affordability was likely the reason for its success as well. The company branded it as one of their “top 20” bestselling models. At only 24 feet wide, it’s easy to see how the bungalow would have been a popular option for narrower city lots.

You can read about the home’s history here, but we thought it would be fun to show you the other ones, all in different parts of town, all near rail road tracks (where the “kit” with the house materials would be dropped off), and all in very different shape or state of updates.

This one was built in 1926 and is not too far away on 3rd St NW in Brightwood:

1926 Sears Starlight in Brightwood

Two more Starlights, in which later owners had made the front porch a part of the interior, can be found in nearby Takoma Park, Maryland:

Sears Starlight on Flower Ave
Sears Starlight on Cedar Ave in the Takoma Park Historic District

The other three DC Starlights can be found on Evarts St NE, and on 31st Place and Brothers Place in SE (images courtesy of Google Streetview and MRIS):

Sears offered an upgraded, more luxury version of the Starlight at the same time: the Hamilton, which featured nearly the same floor plan, but extended the living room into the porch, allowing it to have a fireplace. They also added a bay window to the dining room and a breakfast room to the back.

To show you what this looks like, here’s a pretty, night-blue Hamilton near the District line in Silver Spring MD:

Authenticated 1926 Sears “Hamilton” in Silver Spring