Shepherd Park Homes for Sale 4/23/14

Update for 3/23/14. Silly us. What update? It’s all the same. Wish it weren’t so. Statistically, the lack of listings is somewhat improbable. But it’s hard to argue with the facts.

7615 16th Street7615 16th St NW, $1,199,000
Our initial impression was not to like this house. The front door seemed wrong, and we didn’t like the shutters. However, once we got inside, there was much to be admired. Lovely, open floor plan. Large foyer with sweeping stairway. Lots of sunshine. Fabulous basement. Large, level yard with parking for a crowd. Listed with Watassa Management. Days on Market: 135

If you would like to take a look at any of these Shepherd Park properties, give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour.

Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

Are you interested in Buying or Selling in the area? If so, please complete the questionnaire below, and we will get in touch with you shortly!

Shepherd Park DC Homes for Sale 3/9/14

This week… one price reduction.  That’s it.

7615 16th Street7615 16th St NW, $1,199,000
Our initial impression was not to like this house. The front door seemed wrong, and we didn’t like the shutters. However, once we got inside, there was much to be admired. Lovely, open floor plan. Large foyer with sweeping stairway. Lots of sunshine. Fabulous basement. Large, level yard with parking for a crowd. Recent $40K price reduction. Listed with Watassa Management. Days on Market: 114[space]

If you would like to take a look at any of these Shepherd Park properties, give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Shepherd Park, take a look at the attached alternative locations. We work throughout Silver Spring, Colonial Village, Takoma Park, Rock Creek Forest, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and DC:

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas
Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

[space]Are you interested in Buying or Selling in the area? If so, please complete the questionnaire below, and we will get in touch with you shortly!

Shepherd Park DC Homes for Sale 2/23/14

IMG_0377Same old, same old. No changes from last week. One lonely listing…

7615 16th Street7615 16th St NW, $1,240,000
Our initial impression was not to like this house. The front door seemed wrong, and we didn’t like the shutters. However, once we got inside, there was much to be admired. Lovely, open floor plan. Large foyer with sweeping stairway. Lots of sunshine. Fabulous basement. Large, level yard with parking for a crowd. Listed with Watassa Management. Days on Market: 107[space]

If you would like to take a look at any of these Shepherd Park properties, give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Shepherd Park, take a look at the attached alternative locations. We work throughout Silver Spring, Colonial Village, Takoma Park, Rock Creek Forest, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and DC:

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas
Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

[space]Are you interested in Buying or Selling in the area? If so, please complete the questionnaire below, and we will get in touch with you shortly!

Shepherd Park DC Homes for Sale 2/16/14

7615 16th Street

Rock Creek ParkUpdate for 2/16/2014. We are down to one active listing! Two went under contract this past week. And one listing is (still) temporarily off the market.

All the homes in this article are currently for sale in Shepherd Park, DC. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market longer. We will be updating this post every weekend, 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!). Shepherd Park is a place fraught with DC history. It’s filled with a variety of eclectic architecture, ranging from 1950s contemporaries and stately colonials along 16th Street to historic catalog or mail-order (“kit”) homes. With the redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, there will be much exciting change to come in the years ahead, including a new streetcar line! We have taken the time to inject our opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. Please give us a call if anything should pique your interest.

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7615 16th Street7615 16th St NW, $1,240,000
Our initial impression was not to like this house. The front door seemed wrong, and we didn’t like the shutters. However, once we got inside, there was much to be admired. Lovely, open floor plan. Large foyer with sweeping stairway. Lots of sunshine. Fabulous basement. Large, level yard with parking for a crowd. Listed with Watassa Management. Days on Market: 100[space]

If you would like to take a look at any of these Shepherd Park properties, give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Shepherd Park, take a look at the attached alternative locations. We work throughout Silver Spring, Colonial Village, Takoma Park, Rock Creek Forest, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and DC:

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas
Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

[space]Are you interested in Buying or Selling in the area? If so, please complete the questionnaire below, and we will get in touch with you shortly!

Shepherd Park DC Homes for Sale 2/2/14

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek ParkUpdate for 2/2/2014. One new listing… today! No contracts this week. And one listing is temporarily off the market.

All the homes in this article are currently for sale in Shepherd Park, DC. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market longer. We will be updating this post every weekend, 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!). Shepherd Park is a place fraught with DC history. It’s filled with a variety of eclectic architecture, ranging from 1950s contemporaries and stately colonials along 16th Street to historic catalog or mail-order (“kit”) homes. With the redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, there will be much exciting change to come in the years ahead, including a new streetcar line! We have taken the time to inject our opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. Please give us a call if anything should pique your interest.

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1423 Roxanna1423 Roxanna Road NW, $589,900
Older colonial with 4BR/3.5BAs. Enclosed sun porch and driveway out back. Wood-burning fireplace, central air.  And I’m guessing that there are some good-looking wood floors underneath all that carpet. Just hit the market today. Listed with Ivan Brown Realty. Days on Market: 0[space]

7615 16th Street7615 16th St NW, $1,240,000
Our initial impression was not to like this house. The front door seemed wrong, and we didn’t like the shutters. However, once we got inside, there was much to be admired. Lovely, open floor plan. Large foyer with sweeping stairway. Lots of sunshine. Fabulous basement. Large, level yard with parking for a crowd. Listed with Watassa Management. Recent $49K price reduction. Days on Market: 86[space]

1129 Kalmia1129 Kalmia Rd NW, $649,900
Back on the market. Brick colonial with a nice 1-story addition on the main level. Renovated kitchen. Family room opening to back yard. 4BR/3.5BA. Pretty hardwoods. Just off of Georgia. Listed with Matrix Realty. Recent $35K price reduction. Days on Market: 94[space]

If you would like to take a look at any of these Shepherd Park properties, give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Shepherd Park, take a look at the attached alternative locations. We work throughout Silver Spring, Colonial Village, Takoma Park, Rock Creek Forest, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and DC:

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas
Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

[space]Are you interested in Buying or Selling in the area? If so, please complete the questionnaire below, and we will get in touch with you shortly!

Shepherd Park DC Homes for Sale 1/4/14

7615 16th Street

Update for 1/4/2014.  Hey!  A bit of activity, after all.  One under contract, and one temporarily off the market.  

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within Shepherd Park, DC. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market longer. We will 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!). Shepherd Park is a place fraught with DC history. It’s filled with a variety of eclectic architecture, ranging from 1950s contemporaries and stately colonials along 16th Street to historic catalog or mail-order (“kit”) homes. With the redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, there will be much exciting change to come in the years ahead, including a new streetcar line! We have taken the time to inject our opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. Please give us a call if anything should pique your interest.

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7615 16th Street7615 16th St NW, $1,299,000
Our initial impression was not to like this house. The front door seemed wrong, and we didn’t like the shutters. However, once we got inside, there was much to be admired. Lovely, open floor plan. Large foyer with sweeping stairway. Lots of sunshine. Fabulous basement. Large, level yard with parking for a crowd. Listed with Watassa Management. Days on Market: 56[space]

1120 Geranium 1120 Geranium St NW, $684,900
A nicely renovated 4BR/3FB/2HB brick colonial just steps from Metro. It’s not your cookie cutter Home Depot renovation, either. This one has some personality and plenty of charm. Kitchen is lovely. Nice family room at the back of the house. Only missing ingredient is landscaping… it could use some! Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: 71[space]

1129 Kalmia1129 Kalmia Rd NW, $685,000
TEMPORARILY OFF MARKET. Brick colonial with a nice 1-story addition on the main level. Renovated kitchen. Family room opening to back yard. Pretty hardwoods. Just off of Georgia. Listed with Matrix Realty. Recent $14K price reduction. Days on Market: 80[space]

If you would like to take a look at any of these Shepherd Park properties, give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Shepherd Park, take a look at the attached alternative locations. We work throughout Silver Spring, Colonial Village, Takoma Park, Rock Creek Forest, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and DC:

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas
Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

[space]Are you interested in Buying or Selling in the area? If so, please complete the questionnaire below, and we will get in touch with you shortly!

Shepherd Park DC 20012 Homes for Sale 12/20/13

1129 Kalmia

Update for 12/20/2013. No new listings. One price reduction. And nothing went under contract over the week. Sound familiar? T’is the season…

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within Shepherd Park, DC. The top of the list features the newest listings, while the bottom showcases those that have been on the market longer. We will 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!). Shepherd Park is a place fraught with DC history. It’s filled with a variety of eclectic architecture, ranging from 1950s contemporaries and stately colonials along 16th Street to historic catalog or mail-order (“kit”) homes. With the redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Medical Center, there will be much exciting change to come in the years ahead, including a new streetcar line! We have taken the time to inject our opinion on the condition, pricing, and likelihood of each property selling… or not. Please give us a call if anything should pique your interest.

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7615 16th Street7615 16th St NW, $1,299,000
Our initial impression was not to like this house. The front door seemed wrong, and we didn’t like the shutters. However, once we got inside, there was much to be admired. Lovely, open floor plan. Large foyer with sweeping stairway. Lots of sunshine. Fabulous basement. Large, level yard with parking for a crowd. Listed with Watassa Management. Days on Market: 42[space]

1412 Leegate Road1412 Leegate Rd NW, $675,000
There is no denying that one gets a lot of house here. The layout is a little odd, however. There are supposedly 4 bedrooms on the main level. That effectively eliminates a dining room. The kitchen and LR are on complete opposite sides of the house. You could house several pool tables in the basement… it’s that big! Needs some TLC. Heat was off when we visited. Bring your mittens. Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: 50[space]

1120 Geranium 1120 Geranium St NW, $684,900
A nicely renovated 4BR/3FB/2HB brick colonial just steps from Metro. It’s not your cookie cutter Home Depot renovation, either. This one has some personality and plenty of charm. Kitchen is lovely. Nice family room at the back of the house. Only missing ingredient is landscaping… it could use some! Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: 57[space]

1129 Kalmia1129 Kalmia Rd NW, $685,000
Brick colonial with a nice 1-story addition on the main level. Renovated kitchen. Family room opening to back yard. Pretty hardwoods. Just off of Georgia. Listed with Matrix Realty. Recent $14K price reduction. Days on Market: 73[space]

If you would like to take a look at any of these Shepherd Park properties, give us a call. We would be happy to arrange a tour.

And, if you would prefer to break outside the confines of Shepherd Park, take a look at the attached alternative locations. We work throughout Silver Spring, Colonial Village, Takoma Park, Rock Creek Forest, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and DC:

Downtown Silver Spring Colonial Village Shepherd Park Takoma Park MD
Chevy Chase MD Chevy Chase DC Bethesda Icon Other Areas
Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

[space]Are you interested in Buying or Selling in the area? If so, please complete the questionnaire below, and we will get in touch with you shortly!

A Pretty and (Almost) Pure Sears “Puritan”

Sears "Puritan" catalog house in Washington DC
Sears "Puritan" catalog house in Washington DC
For Rent in Shepherd Park: 1924 Sears Kit House with open kitchen and fenced-in backyard

Cute rental houses with a little yard, on a sweet block and in walking distance to the Red Line metro are hard to come by in Northwest Washington DC these days, let alone at a reasonable price. Thus, we have no doubt that this charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath Sears “Puritan” will be snatched away quickly. It was built in 1924 and just hit the market for rent in Shepherd Park for $2,500 per month.

Pages from 1925 Sears "Honor Bilt" Modern Homes catalog

It’s a smaller model, though perhaps not as small as it seems, but it seems to have been extremely popular. We’ve come across nearly a dozen of them between Takoma Park and Bethesda.

There are currently no MLS pictures online of the Dutch Colonial-style frame home, but when I saw the house last year, it pretty much still looked like in this 2006 photo tour.

Click on the thumb print of the mail-order catalog pages above to see a larger PDF version.

Sears Kit house garages No. 13043 found in aleey in Shepherd park, Washington DC

While the house has been adapted to a more contemporary life style (the kitchen has been opened up at some point, and sliding doors off the dining room now give access to a deck), many details have been preserved. Most doors still have the original “Strathmore” hardware; the front door and many windows as well as much of the trim are intact as well.

Sears kit house garages
“Star Garage” No. 13043 as seen in the 1922 Sears catalog

A charming touch, at least for those of us in the know, is the garage — accessed from the alley — that comes with the house. It was also ordered from the Sears catalog — check out the characteristic 5-piece Sears eaves brackets and the little window above the door. It was offered in several different sizes and with then-high tech tri-fold doors (which didn’t survive).

Wondering why there are two of those garages? Well, the house right next door is a Sears “Fullerton” built at the same time, but in rather sad shape today. Surely, they either had the same builder, or the owners coordinated their efforts.)

As always, if you’d like to tour the “Puritan” or any other DC/MD home on the market — kit or contemporary — just let us know!

If you’d like to learn more about the historic 20th century mail-order homes, or if you think you live in one and would like help authenticating it, check our some of our other kit house blogs and posts.

And if you’re thinking you would like to live in an original Sears catalog home… maybe even a Puritan, please get in touch with us.  We are constantly scouring the marketplace for authentic catalog homes, and would be delighted to help you find one of your own.  Fill out the form below, or simply pick up the phone and give us a call.

 

 

Sears From The Palisades To Silver Spring — A Couple Of Neat New Kit House Listings

Authentic Sears “Colchester” (a 1930s brick version of the popular “Lewiston”) kit house in Silver Spring, Maryland

No matter how busy we are, we always seem to make time to feed our kit house addiction. This week, the scouting produced  two fun early 20th century Sears mail-order houses that hit the market for sale. One of them is a 1925 “Rodessa” in the Kent neighborhood of upper Washington DC  priced at $759,000 which Marcie visited. The other — a listing from our own Evers & Co. office — is a fabulous, updated 1936s “Colchester”/”Lewiston” (pictured left) with 6 bedrooms and 3 full baths in Washington’s Silver Spring suburb, priced at $489,000.  We’ll post more pictures and some exciting details later. For now, you can get some info from the linked MLS fact sheets.

The “Rodessa,” located at 5414 Hawthorne Pl NW, has an Open House from 2 – 5 pm today — you might still make it! And if you’d like to see the “Lewiston,” just let us know!

For those of you who are celebrating the Jewish New Year tonight —  Shana Tovah!

Update on 9/21/2012: You can find the post on the Colchester/Lewiston here.

The Sears “Colchester” as seen in the company’s 1930 mail-order catalog

 

4 Cheapest Houses in Bethesda MD 20817

You’ll find a lot of blogs out there promoting the most expensive, luxurious and exclusive listings in Bethesda, Maryland… but not too many agents focus in on the least expensive offerings.  We are the exception!

Not surprisingly, most of these homes are pretty close to 495.  You’ll find that properties close to large arteries or highways are often priced about 10-15% less than their quieter counterparts.

#4:  6206 Hollins Drive, $649,000
Big house.  You get lots of space for your money.  4 bedrooms and 4 full baths, in fact.  It’s got a lovely screened porch.  The house is dated.  There’s parquet flooring on the main level.  Sloped, large yard (away from the house!).  Tiled lower level with multiple rooms and a full bath.  Basement apartment potential?  Some updates in the bathrooms. Newer HVAC. Days on market: 56[space]

#3:  6810 Renita Lane, $645,000
4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths.  Built in 1962… and it sort of feels like a 1960’s house.  Lots of brass and carpeting.  Super clean.  Updated kitchen.  Nice yard.  Backs to freeway… no way around it.  Across the street from Stratton Woods, which is a huge, undeveloped parcel of land with nothing on it.  Unfinished basement.  Lots of space. Days on market: 163[space]

#2:  9523 Ewing Drive, $619,500
This one is my favorite.  Lovely cape cod with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.  Updated kitchen open to dining room. Expanded living room with pretty hardwood flooring and fireplace.  Master bedroom addition with decent closet space, overlooking back yard.  2 more bedrooms and a full bath on the second floor.  Finished basement.  Glorious screened porch.  Days on market: 9[space]

AND THE WINNER IS…..#1:  5807 Ryland Drive, $599,000
A smaller version of Ewing (no bedroom addition), without the finesse.  Updated kitchen with corian counters and pretty white cabinets.  Corner lot, which provides lots of space, but not much privacy. All the walls are cream-colored or white.  Lacks pizzazz.  Fenced yard.  Basement is finished but a bit of a disappointment.  4 bedrooms and 3 full baths.  Days on market: 7[space]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, we would be delighted to help you find your next home.  Please fill out the form below, or just pick up the phone and give us a call.  We would love to hear from you!