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 1/26/14

Shepherd Park DC kit house

Update for 1/26/2014. No new listings, although one has returned to the market after a brief hiatus. And they reduced the price, too. One other price reduction. No contracts this week.

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.

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: 79[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: 87[space]
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Shepherd Park DC Homes for Sale 1/19/14

Update for 1/19/2014.  One under contract. No reductions. One 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.

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: 72[space]

1120 Geranium1120 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: 87[space]

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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!

This Aladdin Needs A Magic Lamp

Kit Houses in Washington DC

It was an exciting moment last year when we discovered this inconspicuous little 1918 American Foursquare in Silver Spring, Maryland. [Click on the thumb prints for larger pictures.]

After much writing and talking about the many Sears and Lewis mail-order homes we have in the DC suburbs, we’d also been looking for evidence of Historic Aladdin kit houses for a while. In archives, we had found a series of picture ads in the Washington Post from the 1910s. They showed how the company — in the pre-cut kit house business even before Sears — had tried to charm the city’s potential home owners and builders. So clearly, there must have been a bunch of those houses built here.

Eventually, we did succeed in finding some truly amazing specimen (pictures to come soon!) as Aladdin offered some of the largest and most luxurious models  of all kit house companies.

The “Standard” was certainly a more moderate house, but the discovery was nevertheless exciting because it was the first Aladdin we spotted here. The playful, pointed yet swinging pitch of the roof and dormer and its 2-foot overhanging extension were the tip-off. They’re less common in other homes from that time, kit or not.

“BEE-UUU-TI-FUL!” cheered Rosemary Thornton, leading kit house expert and author of a bunch of books on the topic, when I shared pictures in a national kit house forum. What we were thrilled with was the fact that the house appeared – at least from the outside – preserved in almost original form. Despite the vinyl siding, it seemed likely that much of the original structure and detail was preserved.

Well, little did we know. Until a couple of days ago, that is, when I discovered that the house was for rent. Marcie and I ran off to have a look. What we saw was not at all what we had expected. The good news: the house was reasonable well maintained, comfortably and in healthy shape. Floor plan, blue grease pencil markings on the lumber and a few other little details confirmed that it was indeed the Aladdin “Standard.” The bad news: other than the walls and door trim, there was nothing left of the house inside. Absolutely nothing.

Hollow-core doors, epoxy hardware, Pergo floors all over and pseudo-contemporary glass light fixtures made it clear that the owner might have appreciated the house as such, but certainly not for its historic value or beauty. I’m not going to ruin this post with the interior pictures we took (although we ended up laughing so hard that it might warrant a follow-up piece here). You can, however, check out the listing agent’s MLS pictures here.

The “Standard” — off Georgia Ave in Downtown Silver Spring — is currently available for rent at $2,200/month by Josh Andrew of Streamline Management in Bethesda.

Live Close to Bethesda Metro

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 Metro, specifically, please check out my blog post: Walk to Bethesda Metro.  Happy commuting!