Tax Reform for Homeowners

Now that the House and Senate have passed their own versions of tax reform, homeowners are wondering what’s next?  There’s no reason to panic just yet because we don’t know which version will be adopted. Furthermore, the majority of mortgage interest deductions won’t be affected anyway since the majority of mortgages are under $500,000. For the higher priced areas we certainly hope that the Senate version will prevail.

Here’s a breakdown on the legislation:

Deductions Senate Version  House Version
Capital Gains Exclusion Owner must have lived in the property for 5 of the last 8 years Same
Property Taxes Deduction limited to $10,000 Same
Mortgage Interest Deductions on loans up to $1-million Deductions on loans up to $500,000
State & Local Taxes Not deductible Same
Second Home Mortgages Not deductible Same
Moving Expenses Not deductible Same
Home Equity Line of Credit Not deductible Same
Interest on Student Loans Not deductible Same

The next step is for both sides to come to an agreement on a final bill. And then that bill needs to be voted on. It’s not too late to make your voice heard. Let your congress member know what you’re thinking! Click here for an easy way to contact them.

East Bethesda Homes for Sale 12/1/17

Happy December!  Can you believe this weather?! For those of you eagerly awaiting their East Bethesda update (now housed here–no pun intended), here we go: This week brings one new listing and two price reductions. The market should slow further down over the next 3-4 weeks as many sellers take a time-out for the holidays. We can expect it to pick up again soon after the new year, weather allowing.  All in all, while the market has been making steady gains, it’s considered slow given the uptick in the stock market and strong job growth. I’m guessing some buyers are holding off given the uncertainty with the tax plan (which may or may not be soon resolved). Even more buyers, however, are frustrated with the current lack of properties to choose from. So if you are a potential seller considering a holiday launch, this might be a great opportunity!

To see all homes currently for sale in East Bethesda, and to find out why we’re so fond of East Bethesda, scroll down in the box below:

 

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.

(East Bethesda home depicted above not currently for sale.)

What The Windsor Went Through

Before & After pictures can be exciting – there is something so positive and encouraging about the potential (or the decay, or even the misguidedness) they show. The B & A here (with MLS pictures from August and November of 2017) isn’t quite as interesting as the comparison of this one to another home. They were two incarnations of what started out as pretty much the same house.  Earlier this month, we featured a sweet little time capsule in Woodridge – a more or less completely untouched Sears “Windsor.”  Today, we’ll show you one that was just flipped. Note: the fun lies in the listing slide shows.

The “Windsor” was one of the more modest “Modern Homes” models from Sears Roebuck & Co. There are 6 known Windsors in DC, and only one of them can be found in the NW quadrant. The 1926 specimen in Chillum sold this summer pre-emptively for $315,000, and it has now reemerged fully renovated, available for a stately 649,990. The modest exterior only held on to a few of the original details, but it also belies an airy interior. Quite lovely, actually, and it definitely beats having the house torn down! Yes, we know–there’s not much left of the old little mail-order bungalow beyond its bones, but sometimes, we’ll take what we can get.

In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether the faith of the Woodridge Windsor will be any better, or perhaps worse. It went under contract after the first weekend. We’re not sure whether the buyer was an end user, a builder, or a flipper.

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As always, if you’d like to see the renovated Windsor, or any other home on the market, just give us a shout! (For my collection of historic kit houses currently for sale in the DC area, click here.)

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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 11/24/17

Well, Thanksgiving madness got in the way of my usual Friday post. Please forgive me!  No new East Bethesda listings. None under contract this week. One price reduction. You didn’t miss any open houses. Happy belated Thanksgiving!

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, $1,375,000
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. Recent $75K price reduction. Listed with Coldwell Banker. Days on Market: 36
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: 36
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: 43
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: 63
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. Listed with Century 21. Days on Market: 68
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: 72
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: 154
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.

Relive “Early American Qualities” Today

Colonial Village Shepherd Park homes for sale
2007 Plymouth St NW in DC’s Colonial Village neighborhood

It’s been one of my favorite streets in DC for a long time: Plymouth Street in the original part of Colonial Village, the section that gave the neighborhood its name. It’s a 1930s subdivision of about 90 homes that is surrounded by Rock Creek Park on three sides. The streets are unusually wide and have circles and park-like enclosures. All the original homes here were replicas of “Authentic Colonial Dwellings” of the period of the “Original Thirteen Colonies,” as a 1935 Washington Post advertisement explained. The insides of the homes, however, were state-of-the-art when they were built.

The house at 2007 Plymouth St NW, currently offered at $1,075,000, was one of those homes. It’s been updated and expanded since but offers an abundance of neat original details such as a total of 5 (4 original) fireplaces and beautiful library built-ins that were featured in the Evening Star’s real estate section when the home was built.

We’re holding it open today from 2 – 4 pm, so please stop by. Who do you know who is looking for a great Colonial Village home? For a current 2017 collection of Colonial Village homes (on the market or under contract) please click here.

 

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.)

 

East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 11/10/17

One new listing. Nothing under contract this week. No price reductions. Three open houses 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!

  4625 Maple Avenue, $749,900
Cute colonial on one of the smaller lots in town- made up for by its super convenient location. Floors look great. Updated kitchen. Screened porch. Finished/carpeted basement. Attached 1-car garage. Seems perfectly priced. Open Sunday 1-4pm. Listed with Long & Foster. Days on Market: 1
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: 22
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: 23
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: 29
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: 49
4509 Gladwyne Drive, $835,000
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. Open Sunday 2-4pm. Listed with Save6. Days on Market: 56
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. Open Sunday 1-4pm. Listed with Re/Max. Days on Market: 58
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: 140
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.

Launching the Chevy Chase Kit House Database

chevy chase mail-order houses - map
Click on the image for our interactive kit house map with house photos and catalog pages

It was exactly a year ago, during a talk we gave at Historic Chevy Chase DC, that the idea was born to somehow make our research public, not only to the local kit house owners, but also many other people who were fascinated with the unique concentration of larger mail-order homes here. After (not kidding here!) thousands of hours, we can now present the first results — a color-coded interactive map and a corresponding database of homes/models and historical information. We’re working on integrating the material into the Historic Chevy Chase DC website and hope to interlink it with much more house history, artifacts and oral history in the future.

Chevy Chase, DC (zip code 20015), has a unique (both in quality as well as density) collection of historic catalog houses. Nearly 100 existing homes and 61 different models have so far been authenticated, and there are several more suspects. The homes are from four different manufacturers (Sears Roebuck & Co.; Lewis Manufacturing Co.; International Mill and Lumber a.k.a. Sterling; and Gordon-Van Tine) and were built between 1915 and 1932.

It’s probably not a coincidence that the most popular models here were the Lewis “Chevy Chase,” the Sears “Americus” and the Sears “Martha Washington!” The following catalog homes show up more than once in Chevy Chase/DC:

One of Chevy Chase DC’s three picture-perfect Sears “Puritans,” decked out for Halloween

Lewis “Chevy Chase” (4 times)

Sears “Americus” (4 times)

Sears “Martha Washington” (4 times)

Sears “Rembrandt” (4 times)

Sears “Woodland” (4 times)

Lewis “Ardmore” (3 times)

Lewis “Cambridge” (3 times)

Lewis “Winthrop” (3 times)

Sears “Barrington” (3 times)

Sears “Kilbourne” (3 times)

Sears “Puritan” (3 times)

Sears “Walton” (3 times)

Lewis “Marengo” (2)

Sears “Alhambra” (2)

Sears “Lewiston” (2)

Sears “Priscilla” (2)

Sears “Rockford” (2)

Sears “Westly” (2)

The likely top runner, however, might be the Sears “Maywood” (5 times), although we don’t have full proof yet for the authenticity of those homes. (All 5 of them were built by a small builder who doesn’t name Sears Roebuck on the permits, but rather the original architect who published his rendition of the Maywood more than 10 years before Sears carried it in their catalogs!) We’re working on it, though, and will update you once we are a hundred percent sure.

In the meantime, we’d be happy for you to test-drive and explore our proud creation. Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome!

Magnificent Malvern

1922 Lewis Mfg. Co. “Malvern” mail-order homes in DC’s AU Park neighborhood

This weekend, there’s a special treat available for fans of historic catalog homes in DC. A 1922 “Malvern” from the Lewis Manufacturing Co. just hit the market in DC’s AU Park neighborhood for $2,250,000. It’s listed by TTR Sotheby’s, and there will be an open house on Sunday from 1-3 pm.

Our kit house researcher friends in other parts of the U.S. will probably cringe a little. There’s the price point, of course, but some historic preservation purists will also dislike the fact that the home (a more stately model to begin with) was expanded by more than a hundred percent, and that the interior was pretty much completely gutted. (Although we were lucky enough to find a few marked original beams in the furnace  room toward the original front of the house!)

Comparing the old with the new floor plan that is given in the brochures, there is little overlap. The living room (now staged as the dining room) fireplace is still in the same place, of course, and so is the kitchen. But the entry has been moved to the side street (the address changed from 4312 Fessenden St NW to 4926 43rd Pl NW); the former front porch is a private side “terrace,” and the original front hall is now a “mud room.” In place of the original staircase are now a powder room and a pantry.

The same house in an MLS photo from 2005 before the renovation (photo courtesy of MRIS)

But… as far as I’m concerned, it’s also a really lovely home with a nice yard and in a super walkable city location. A sensitive architect tried to recreate many of the exterior elements for the back of the house, and while the side (aka current front) doesn’t look quite as balanced, the whole house gives off a very welcoming vibe.

Many of the materials and styles used are reminiscent of what used to be there. The living floor inlays, for instance, are matching the original ones I’ve seen in other Lewis houses. The expansion overall was made very thought- and respectfully. (And I admit: the magnificent red velvet movie theater in the basement of the addition doesn’t hurt.)

It’s a shame the virtual tour from the old 2005 listing no longer works — technology has certainly changed as well since then — but at least we get a glimpse at the exterior. And that’s a great match to the catalog image.

And while you’re there, if you want to see another one, go no further than the other end of the block on Fessenden. That’s because the Mandler-Brodt family, who put the house together in 1922 built two of them at the same time, both on corner lots. (See a picture of the other home here.)

 

 

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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!

Our special interest is in 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 us with questions or suggestions for houses to write about.

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*Catalog images provided courtesy of Internet Archive.