Get Your Rock Creek Forest Mini-Poster

00-front 0-backpjl_5476 0-livpjl_5538Looking to move to Rock Creek Forest? Or you’re a neighbor whose friends are interested? Come see me at my open house at 2725 Washington Ave this Sunday, from 1-4 pm. It’s a beautifully and smartly expanded colonial from the original neighborhood stock. It has a renovated kitchen with table space, a lovely 2-story family room and master bathroom addition and a flat fenced-in backyard. Just a block to trail and stables! It’s larger than it looks from the outside, and a steal at $799,000.

Come by and receive a mini-poster showing off Marcie’s RCF map art with neighborhood resources on the back. It looks adorable. And larger versions of the poster are available for drop-off on request!

It’s Coming, Like It Or Not: The Purple Line

The 5.6 billion dollar budget for the new purple line was approved today. The Washington Post online just published an overview of the controversial sections of the line which is targeted to open in 2022. You can play bird and follow the entire route with MDOT’s video flyover below:

Purple line right of way in silver spring MD

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the last bits of wilderness while we can. (This section of a right-of-way for the future Purple Line in Silver Spring comes after the end of the current Capital Crescent Trail. )

Rock Creek Forest Y-T-D Sales — A Surprising Surge

Rock Creek ForestHow has the 2015 real estate market been in comparison to the previous year? Should you consider moving next year? Is now the right time to downsize? Or to unload that investment property?

As the year nears its end, we’ve been running the first preliminary stats. And the findings are surprising.

So far this year, 29 single family homes have sold on the Chevy Chase side of Rock Creek Forest (up from 23 in 2014 and 19 in 2013). And the year isn’t even over yet: 4 houses are currently under contract, bringing the potential count up to 33. Another 6 houses are actively on the market, so we might very well beat the 2007 record of 33 this year!

The closed prices, however, in this year’s sales have so far ranged from $480,500 to $1,199,000, with an average of $734,810. That’s below last years average of $804,000 — although that average was skewed by an outlier (an unusual contemporary on Washington Avenue that sold for more than $1.5M).

Final judgment will be reserved until all the numbers are in, but suffice it to say that it has been a much more lively and balanced market in 2015 than what we’ve seen in the previous years. The median time on the market has been 27 Days, with only a handful of homes either getting snatched up in bidding wars or sitting for extended periods of time. On average, homes have sold at about 97% of the list price. That means sellers finally got it right!

We will look at nearby Colonial Village and Shepherd Park next.

To see what’s on the market in Rock Creek Forest right now, click HERE.


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Please Join Us For A First Open On Ashboro Drive Today

Embrace nature in this surprising oasis! An unassuming exterior opens to beautifully renovated, open living spaces with stunning views of a landscaped 18,000 square foot lot. Backing to Rock Creek Park, the meticulously maintained home features 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths and a large walk-out lower level with in-law suite. Just a short stroll from trails, deli and shopping center. Tell your friends! You can find a Virtual Tour of the house here. For all other homes currently for sale in the Rock Creek Forest neighborhood, click here.

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Rock Creek Forest Market Update March 7/8, 2015

We have three (!) new listing for this weekend, making it a total of five homes for sale in Rock Creek Forest, priced between $610,000 and $734,000. One home (2714 Abilene, listed at $830,000) went under contract. No price reductions. One new closing. 2 houses are under contract, and 4 single family homes are for rent.

The homes below are currently for sale on either the Chevy Chase or the Silver Spring side of the Rock Creek Forest neighborhood. While these might not necessarily be our own listings, we have seen most of them and will insert our neighborly opinions and comments. The top of the list features the newest listings. (More about why this neighborhood is one of the DC suburbs’ best kept secrets here.) And if you have a question or want to chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at anytime!

Active Listings:

2705 Ross Rd Chevy Chase MD 20815 2705 Ross Rd — $680,000. 4 bedrooms, 3 full bath rambler with a nice yard, large finished basement and a bunch of updates. Listed by Long & Foster. DOM: 0
Donnybrook house for sale 8408 Donnybrook Dr — $694,500. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Very bright rambler with beautiful open kitchen and sun-/family room addition on lovely lot backing to a creek and strip of woods. Two blocks each from Rock Creek and Capital Crescent trails. Large walk-out basement. Listed by Keller Williams. Days on market: 0
Grubb Rd house for sale--IMG_1811 8510 Grubb Rd — $610,000. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Beautifully renovated all over, refinished hardwood floors. Den on first level. One block from park, pool club and trail. Listed with our very own Evers & Company. DOM: 1
Rock Creek Forest colonial for sale Chevy Chase MD 2719 Colston Dr — $734,000. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. One of the original RCF colonials from 1941. Last sold 3 years ago. Great example for the amazing difference new appliances as well as fresh paint, tile and carpet can make. Much of the price increase, however, might be attributed to the improved market. Listed by Long & Foster. DOM: 15
2511 Spencer Rd — $650,000.
1956 rambler with 3 br, 2 baths. This one is a bit of a mystery as there are no pictures online and showing is restricted. Let’s us conclude it might not be in ideal shape and likely quite overpriced. Listed with Re/Max. Days on market: 157 (without price reduction)

Under Contract:

[Contingent] 2714 Abilene Dr — $830,000. 1980s colonial with 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half bath. All in all a good house with a few quirky features but nice space for the money. A block from Rock Creek Park. Large walk-out basement. Listed by Peek Properties. Days on market: 51
Screenshot 2015-02-20 11.30.31 2602 SPENCER RD — Listed at $609,000. 3 br/1 bath colonial. Cute starter home with a few updates. Listed with Long & Foster. Closing March 27th. Photo courtesy of MRIS. DOM: 27

There are four single family homes for rent at the moment, ranging in price from $2,800 to $3,975.

To see all Rock Creek Forest listings on a map, please click HERE.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Rock Creek Forest, take a look at the listings below. We work throughout Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and DC.

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
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Rock Creek Forest Market Update 2/20/2015

One new listing for this weekend, making it a total of three homes for sale in Rock Creek Forest, priced between $650,000 and $830,000. No price reductions, no new contracts. The second closing of the new year. 2 houses are under contract, and 4 single family homes are for rent.

The homes below are currently for sale on either the Chevy Chase or the Silver Spring side of the Rock Creek Forest neighborhood. While these might not necessarily be our own listings, we have seen most of them and will insert our neighborly opinions and comments. The top of the list features the newest listings. (More about why this neighborhood is one of the DC suburbs’ best kept secrets here.) And if you have a question or want to chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at anytime!

Active Listings:

Rock Creek Forest colonial for sale Chevy Chase MD 2719 Colston Dr — $734,000. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. One of the original RCF colonials from 1941. Last sold 3 years ago. Great example for the amazing difference new appliances as well as fresh paint, tile and carpet can make. Much of the price increase, however, might be attributed to the improved market. Listed by Long & Foster. DOM: 0
2714 Abilene Dr — $830,000. 1980s colonial with 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half bath. All in all a good house with a few quirky features but nice space for the money. A block from Rock Creek Park. Large walk-out basement. Listed by Peek Properties. Days on market: 51
2511 Spencer Rd — $650,000.
1956 rambler with 3 br, 2 baths. This one is a bit of a mystery as there are no pictures online and showing is restricted. Let’s us conclude it might not be in ideal shape and likely quite overpriced. Listed with Re/Max. Days on market: 142 (without price reduction)

Under Contract:

Screenshot 2015-02-20 11.30.31 2602 SPENCER RD — Listed at $609,000. 3 br/1 bath colonial. Cute starter home with a few updates. Listed with Long & Foster. Closing March 27th. Photo courtesy of MRIS. DOM: 27
 8400 Farrell--Sold [Contingent] — 8400 Farrell Dr. — Listed at $750,000. DOM: 42

There are four single family homes for rent at the moment, ranging in price from $2,900 to $3,975.

To see all Rock Creek Forest listings on a map, please click HERE.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Rock Creek Forest, take a look at the listings below. We work throughout Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and DC.

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
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Rock Creek Forest Market Update 2/11/2015

Currently, there are 2 homes for sale in Rock Creek Forest, priced at $650,000 and $830,000. Both of them have been on the market for a while. 3 houses are under contract, and 3 single family homes are for rent.

The homes below are currently for sale on either the Chevy Chase or the Silver Spring side of the Rock Creek Forest neighborhood. The top of the list features the newest listings.  (More about why this neighborhood is one of the DC suburbs’ best kept secrets here.) And if you have a question or want to chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at anytime!

Active Listings:

2714 Abilene Dr — $830,000. 1980s colonial with 5 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half bath. All in all a good house with a few quirky features but nice space for the money. A block from Rock Creek Park. Large walk-out basement. Listed by Peek Properties. Days on market: 42
2511 Spencer Rd — $650,000.
1956 rambler with 3 br, 2 baths.  This one is a bit of a mystery as there are no pictures online and showing is restricted. Let’s us conclude it might not be in ideal shape and likely quite overpriced. Listed with Re/Max. Days on market: 133 (without price reduction)

Under Contract:

 2708 Colston Dr — Listed at $759,000. Scheduled to close on February 18. DOM: 6
[Contingent] 2602 SPENCER RD — Listed at $609,000. 3 br/1 bath colonial. DOM: 27
[Contingent]  — 8400 Farrell Dr. — Listed at $750,000.  DOM: 6

There are three single family homes for rent at the moment, ranging in price from $2,900 to $3,975.

To see all Rock Creek Forest listings on a map, please click HERE.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Rock Creek Forest, take a look at the listings below. We work throughout Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and DC.

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas

 

A Poor Compromise for the Purple Crescent Trail

IMG_1830Time to celebrate a little victory! The message below was sent out the Washington Area Bicyclist Association who has played a vital role in keeping our trail alongside the future Purple Line. We understand that “grade-separated” means that there was going to be some kind of little bridge across Jones Mill Road for the trail. That actually would be a huge improvement even without the light rail. (The way things are right now, many walkers or cyclists don’t have the patience to wait for the super short push-controlled pedestrian light and instead risk their safety by dodging cars that are shooting around from Jones Bridge.)
It appears that within a pretty short time, lots of people sent their message to the County Executive. (Check out the former “take action” button for their update.) Click here for a full downloadable version of the official Washington, DC bike map.
Dear trail user,
After years of public input and agreement on the design for the future Capital Crescent trail, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) just moved unilaterally to eliminate the long-promised grade-separated crossing of busy Jones Mill Rd.Take ActionThe grade separation makes the trail safer, and safety is vital to ensuring this heavily travelled trail remains a viable transportation option. Through thousands of hours of meetings on the future of the Capital Crescent Trail, County officials have promised safe crossings of major roadways that don’t leave bicyclists competing with cars or pressing “Walk” buttons and waiting for minutes.But the County’s own transportation officials just sent a letter to the Maryland Transit Agency (MTA), requesting that the separation be removed from the request for proposals (RFP).Despite years of working together on this project, MCDOT did not notify the public.They did not hold a meeting. They did not mention this at a Council hearing. They did not send a note to representatives of the bicycling community. It is unclear whether they even communicated their intentions to the County Executive.Frankly, they tried to sneak this past without any of us noticing.We noticed. We noticed that at the first opportunity to save money by sacrificing trail safety, they attempted to do so in a manner that evades public scrutiny and reneges on years of promises.I need you to take action today to tell the County Executive that we will not stand for such a downgrade to our prized trail, or for such misleading actions from our local transportation officials.

Our hope is that the County Executive’s office was as misled as we were, and that they will immediately, clearly, and unambiguously tell MTA that the County is NOT seeking an amendment to the Purple Line RFP to eliminate the grade-separated crossing at Jones Mill Road.

With years of work still ahead to complete the trail as promised, we cannot stand for a precedent of closed-door decisions that remove, or compromise, long-promised trail improvements.

Please CLICK HERE to send a message to the County Executive and the Council’s Transportation Committee.

– via Shane Farthing, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association

 

Rock Creek Forest MD Homes For Sale 4/23/2014

Rock Creek Forest Elementary School - New building

A very belated update as the spring market has us running!  To see the homes that have been listed and already sold since our last post here, please check out the RCF 2014 Solds page. There are currently 7 houses under contract.

All homes and condos in this post are currently for sale in the Rock Creek Forest neighborhood. The top of the list features the newest listings, while those at the bottom have been on the market for a while. Marcie and Cati will usually be updating this post every Friday, so be sure to check back to see what’s new, what’s gone, & what might be coming (and check out the date up top… if it’s not current, neither is this information!). While most of these might not be our own listings, we’ve taken the time to inject our opinions on the condition, features, quirks and pricing. Full disclosure: Cati has lived (and sold real estate) in Rock Creek Forest for 8 years (after residing in NW Washington DC for the previous 11 years). (More about why this neighborhood is one of the DC suburbs’ best kept secrets here.) And if you have a question or want to chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at anytime!

Single Family Homes:

Derby Ridge Ln 2008 Derby Ridge Ln — $429,900. Townhouse with 2 bedrooms, 3 full and 1 half bath. 2 fireplaces. Backs to Rock Creek Park. A little dated perhaps, but — if you’re willing to put in the work — might be a nice deal as it’s priced quite a bit below some recent comps. Listed by Menkis Real Estate. (Photo courtesy of MRIS.) Days on market: 8
Rock Creek Forest Contemporary for sale 2621 Washington Ave — $1,795,000.
5 br, 4 full and 2 half baths. One of the largest homes in RCF, this is a unique custom-built contemporary on a half-acre lot. Sensational California flair — check out the virtual tour here. Listed with our own Evers & Co. Days on market: 12
Rock Creek Forest colonial for sale 8506 Grubb Rd — $629,000.
3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Similar to the two recent listings on Spencer. Crisp white kitchen, updated baths, a sun room and a big deck in the back. Steps to the pool. Listed with Washington Fine Properties. (Photo courtesy of MRIS.) Days on market: 26
8019 Ellingson 8019 Ellingson Dr — $1,199,500. 4 BR/3 full and 1 half bath. Terrific 20-year old home with great space and colorful vibes. Steps from Rock Creek Park, 2 blocks to Candy Cane City or stables. Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: 47

There are no single family homes for rent at the moment.

Condos:

Rock Creek Gardens Currently, there are 5 condos for sale in Rock Creek Forest, ranging from $195,500 for a slightly dated 678 sf 1-bedroom unit to $264,900 for a 2-bedroom, 1 bath unit (without loft).

To see all Rock Creek Forest listings on a map, please click HERE.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Rock Creek Forest, take a look at the listings below. We work throughout Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park and DC.

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas