Distinctive Chevy Chase Dutch Colonial

7208 Ridgewood Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Charm abounds in this handsome home located within short distance of downtown Bethesda, Chevy Chase Elementary School, and much more. Walkscore estimates a 17-minute walk to Bethesda Metro station. 

The house has a large living room with windows to the front and backyards, a small home office and a cozy den/music room. An updated kitchen overlooks the garden and the deck. And the dining room has two large windows with two exposures, basking it in sunshine. The second story features a master bedroom with its own full bath and walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms and a hall bath round out the second level.  The unfinished walkout basement is loaded with custom shelving. Outside you’ll find a large deck with extra-wide stairs, a deep backyard, a driveway for 2+ cars and a well-tended garden which explodes with color in the springtime. 

There is something really special about this house.  It just feels good!

Nestled into a large 7,500 s.f. lot, the home is nicely sized as-is or perfect for a future expansion.  Extra high ceilings (9’2″) on the first floor give the rooms some glamour and the little details like the classic wall panels in the living room just add to the romance. For more photos go to Bit.ly/7208-Ridgewood

For more information, please get in touch!

Marcie Sandalow 301-758-4894 or Marcie@Compass.com

Catarina Bannier 202-487-7177 or Catarina@Compass.com

Urban Lifestyle With Suburban Benefits

4518 Chestnut St Bethesda

4518 Chestnut StPresenting our newest listing, open this Sunday from 1-4 pm: 4518 Chestnut Street sits on a quiet green side street near Lynbrook Park. Yet it’s also half-way between the Bethesda and NIH Metro stations and walkable to any kind of shop, restaurant or grocery store you might dream of. 6 bedrooms, 5 full baths and a half bath on 4,600 s.f. and 4 bright levels – that’s a lot of space! And did we mention the great open kitchen and that to-die-for party backyard?
Click here for the virtual tour or check out the full listing below. And come see us on Sunday to check it out or chat!

East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 1/19/18

Happy mid-January and welcome to the spring market! Yes- it starts early in these parts. For the past number of years, due to the lack of inventory, the spring market has started as early as January. Buyers who have been waiting it out over the slower holiday season are itching to make a purchase- and purchase they do. It’s a great time to be a seller.

For those of you eagerly awaiting their East Bethesda update, here we go: This week brings one new listing and two price reductions. Expect activity to pick up even more as the weeks progress.  We’ve got a couple of East Bethesda listings coming on the market in the near future.

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
4625 Maple Avenue 12/12/17 $749,900 $759,900
4616 Maple Avenue 12/15/17 $1,799,000 $1,700,000
4509 Gladwyne Drive 12/28/17 $815,000 $820,000  $20,000
4616 Maple Avenue 1/5/17 $1,049,000 $1,062,000  $25,000
4616 Maple Avenue 1/5/17 $759,000 $715,000  $10,000
4616 Maple Avenue 1/11/17 $1,300,000 $1,300,000 $32,940
4616 Maple Avenue 1/12/17 $1,199,450 $1,199,450

 

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.

 

“A Pleasing Perspective From Every Angle”

Sears “Elmhurst” in Alexandria, VA

The “Elmhurst” was one of Sears Roebuck’s more unusual kit house models. For one thing, the Elmhurst’s asymmetrical and rather intricate floorplan and Tudor styling don’t give away its mail-order kit origins too easily. It’s also richer in detail than many other Sears homes of that size. And for the DC area, it has the amazing advantage that it truly fit in with the brick- and Tudor-loving taste of the 1930s here. You can see the historic ad copy below.

There are 3 known Elmhursts in the metro area: one in DC’s Forest Hills, one in Silver Spring, MD, and one in Alexandria, VA. The latter – a beautifully kept and renovated specimen – is on the market for $1,195,000 right now, and will have an open house from 2-4 pm this coming Sunday. It’s been on the market through the holidays, and we’re surprised it hasn’t sold yet. We thought it was really worth seeing–check out the photos!–, and was definitely adapted beautifully to a 21st-century lifestyle. Let us know if you need to get in on another day.

Page from the 1929 Sears and Roebuck catalog courtesy of Antique Home.

 

The fireplace in the the Sears “Elmhurst” in Alexandria today, after being enclosed in a new mantel …
… and as seen in the 1929 Sears catalog

The 4-digit stamp on a piece of lumber under the basement stairs proves the Elmhurst to be authentic and not a copy. The coded numbers helped put the giant kit together.

For extra fun, have a look at the Silver Spring and DC “Elmhursts” for comparison:

Authenticated Sears Elmhurst In Silver Spring, MD
Authenticated “Elmhurst” in DC

 

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

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Rock Creek Forest Homes for Sale

Happy December! Can you believe this weather?! As of December 21, we’ve got one active listing. The market should slow further down over the next 2+ 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 were holding off given the uncertainty with the tax plan (which is now resolved, but the fallout remains uncertain). 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 a roster of RCF homes currently for sale  and those recently sold in 2017, and to find out why we’re so fond of Rock Creek Forest, scroll down in the box below:

 

 

 

RCF Sales ince September Closing Date Original List Price Sold Price Subsidy
8437 Freyman Drive 9/5/17 $659,000 $600,000  $2,350
8412 Ferrell Drive 9/7/17 $725,000 $725,000
2714 East West Hwy 9/27/17 $599,000 $595,000
2709 Colston Drive 10/27/17 $827,500 $805,000
2706 Blaine Drive 10/31/17 $995,000 $1,020,000
8417 Donnybrook Drive 11/14/17 $710,000 $699,900
2309 Ashboro Drive
11/30/17 $695,000 $695,000

 

Looking to buy or sell? Click here.

Winter Buyer? = Smart Move

There are a number of reasons why focusing your search in the winter months can be an excellent strategy.

1. You can save some $$. Sellers are more forgiving in the winter months. Yup, deals can be had mostly because sellers are exhausted from lingering on the market and are finally willing to bend some on their pricing. Per Zillow, those who buy a home during the peak selling months usually pay a premium of $1,500, but those who purchase homes in the off months paid $3,100 less than average.

2. Less competition. If you are moving within the same school district, or, if schools aren’t an issue, buying in the winter can do away with some of the competition. A lot of buyers time their search to the school calendar which is why the Spring market is always so busy.  Eliminate that criteria and you’ll have opportunities in every season. Lots of folks get distracted from their house hunting during the holidays, so November-January can be great months for serious buyers.

3. You are the star! Most real estate agents, mortgage brokers and settlement attorneys slow down during the holidays, meaning you will be the focus of all their attention. It’s your chance to be the only child. Embrace it!

4. Less to choose from. You would think that this is a bad thing, but some buyers are overwhelmed by all the offerings. If this is your M.O., then the winter market is for you!

If you’re in the market for a (winter) home, give us a call… we can help!

The All-American Americus

Foxhall kit house for rent
A 1925 “Americus” from Sears Roebuck currently for rent on Foxhall Rd in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Harding Polk and Jennifer Drews of Compass via MLS

A Sears “Americus” that’s currently available for rent in DC’s Foxhall neighborhood reminded us how popular this particular model was in the 1920s. The mail-order company described it as a “fine home that any American can be proud of and be comfortable in.” If you chose this model, you were assured to buy a house that was “dignified, substantial” and would “never go ‘out of style’.”

This must have been a convincing pitch at the time, at least in the nation’s capital. The “Americus” was the one most popular kit house model built in town; there are nearly 20 surviving specimen known in DC, and several more in the close-in suburbs.

While its design is a basic square with a hipped roof and full-width front porch, the “Americus” also has the advantage of some characteristic elements that make it easy to spot. One of the bedrooms, for instance, extends into the porch roof — an unusual feature we’ve never seen in any other home. And there are those decorative triple brackets on all the corners of the roof and porch. The brackets have sometimes fallen victim to renovations, but you can usually see that top room jotting out.

The “Americus” was more of an end-user house even here in DC, documented by the fact that most of them were purchased by the people who would live in them (and many had original mortgages from Sears Roebuck). The Foxhall house, permitted in 1925, has seen numerous updates and expansions over time, but it still retains a bunch of original details that are fun to look at. Check out the gallery for some of those, and for more pictures of “Americus” kit houses in DC, Bethesda, Kensington and Takoma Park.

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As always, if you’d like to see the rentable Americus, 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.) Happy Holidays!

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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
4625 Maple Avenue
11/29/17 $1,899,000 $1,735,000
4314 Chestnut Street 12/12/17 $749,900 $759,900
4616 Maple Avenue 12/15/17 $1,799,000 $1,700,000

 

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.)