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East Bethesda MD 20814 Homes for Sale 4/29/11

said on April 29th, 2011 filed under: Bethesda

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Update for 4/29/2011:  1 new listing, 2 under contract and 1 smallish price reduction…all during the last week!

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within 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 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!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 15 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 11 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of two metro stops AND downtown Bethesda. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines, 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!

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4506 Harling4506 Harling Lane, $799,000
Handsome brick colonial on a quiet street in East Bethesda.  Easy walk to metro, downtown Bethesda, BCC, and more.  3BR/2.5BA.  Driveway/garage. Gorgeous, bright entryway. It shows better than the pictures. Expanded kitchen, small family room and first floor powder room. Pricing is a little bit ambitious, but not by much. Days on Market: 0



4508 Gladwyn East Bethesda4508 Gladwyne Drive, $699,000
Super cute cape in Glenbrook Village. 1 large bedroom/bath on the second floor, and two more bedrooms and a bath on the main floor. Basement is finished. Tiny renovated kitchen overlooking front of house. Small dining room. It’s the perfect little gem of a house… it’s just compact. Wonderful deck off of living room. Fire place. Walk to NIH metro. Days on Market: 9
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Bethesda Garden Club Annual Plant Sale

said on April 27th, 2011 filed under: Information for Buyers

garden clubThe annual BETHESDA GARDEN CLUB plant sale is almost upon us.  The 2011 sale will take place on Thursday, May 5 from 7:00am to 1:00pm at the Bethesda Farm Woman’s Market at 7155 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, MD. The plants are grown in member’s personal (and well-tended) gardens, and include a large selection of:

  • perennials
  • herbs
  • annuals
  • native plants, and
  • shrubs

Proceeds will benefit select community projects including a Montgomery College scholarship in landscape technology and the landscaping at Bethesda Davis libraries. There is plenty of metered parking directly behind the woman’s market.

The Bethesda Garden Club has been contributing to the community for 87 years.  Don’t miss it.

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Chevy Chase MD 20815 Market Analysis/1Q 2011

said on April 25th, 2011 filed under: Chevy Chase, State of the Market

Chevy Chase Elementary School

Chevy Chase Elementary School

Back in 2010 I got into the habit of posting real estate market analysis on a monthly basis by zip code… but, guess what? It wasn’t necessarily indicative of the market we were experiencing at the time. One large house could really skew the numbers (and often did), as could a flurry of snow flakes. So, I decided to take it back a notch and post these findings on a quarterly basis.  I think you’ll find that it represents area market trends more accurately.

So, what can we glean from these numbers?  For starters, there were a heck of a lot more Read the rest of this entry »

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East Bethesda- Homes for Sale 4/22/2011

said on April 22nd, 2011 filed under: Bethesda

flower headerUpdate for 4/22/2011: During this last week the Glenbrook Village side of East Bethesda has been hopping!  We’ve added 3 new listings, 2 properties have received contracts, and there has been one price reduction...

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within 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 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!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 15 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 11 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of two metro stops AND downtown Bethesda. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines, 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!

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SAM_49994516 Fairfield Drive, $599,000
Well… this one popped on late last night, so I have yet to take a peek. But from the outside it is adorable!  2 Bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Finished attic. Granite counters, fish pond, deck, and flowering trees. And like all the other new listings this week, you can walk to NIH metro very quickly! Days on Market: 1

4508 Gladwyn East Bethesda4508 Gladwyne Drive, $699,000
Super cute cape in Glenbrook Village. 1 large bedroom/bath on the second floor, and two more bedrooms and a bath on the main floor. Basement is finished. Tiny renovated kitchen overlooking front of house.  Small dining room. It’s the perfect little gem of a house… it’s just compact. Wonderful deck off of living room. Fire place. Walk to NIH metro. Days on Market: 2

4708 Glenbrook Parkway East Bethesda4708 Glenbrook Parkway, $1,395,000
Built in 2002, this was one of the first “large” houses to hit East Bethesda. Pretty blue Craftsman Colonial.  5-6 bedrooms & 4.5 baths.  1-car garage in the back. Butlers pantry. Stone fireplace. Gourmet kitchen. Plantation shutters.  Lovely covered front porch. Very short walk to NIH metro. Days on Market: 2

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Fresh Produce Delivered to Your DC Doorstep

said on April 21st, 2011 filed under: District of Columbia, Just For Fun

lettuceThe theme of the week seems to be food.  My last post was about lobster.  I’ve now moved on to veggies.

A few months ago I signed up for a service that delivers organic fruits and vegetables to my house every other week.  I’ve been meaning to take a picture of the bounty, but twice now it has found the fridge before I remember to grab the camera.  So, behold my borrowed photo of delicious lettuce.

Washington’s Green Grocer started back in 1994 when owners Zeke and Lisa became distressed over the quality of the produce at their local shopping market.  Naturally, they started their own Read the rest of this entry »

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Bethesda Lobster

said on April 19th, 2011 filed under: Bethesda, Just For Fun

lobsterGot Lobster?

The guys from Maine do.  Every Friday in Bethesda.  And every Saturday in Kensington (they also do Baltimore, but that’s a bit of a haul).

For 27 years now the Salt River Lobster company has been providing fresh lobster from Maine. No middle man. They also offer shrimp, fresh fish, various other shellfish, and some smoked seafood.

I’ve been buying lobsters from them since back in the day when they had their truck on the NIH campus.  In fact, the business got started because the lobster guy had a friend at NIH who suggested that he sell ‘em at the (former) farmers market.  Now they can be found at the Bethesda Community Market (pictured on the banner of this website- thank you Joseph Craig English), on the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Greentree Road.  They set up shop on Fridays from 9am-6pm.

You can order ahead to guarantee that you get what you want! This is a good idea if you’ve got a big order, or if you absolutely MUST HAVE a 2lb. lobster.

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East Bethesda- Homes for Sale 4/15/2011

said on April 15th, 2011 filed under: Information for Buyers

Dogwood East Bethesda

Update for 4/15/2011: During this last week we’ve had 1 fabulous new listing, 2 price reductions, and 1 house go under contract.

All the homes in this article are currently for sale within 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 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!). I’ve lived in East Bethesda for over 15 years. I’ve sold real estate in East Bethesda for over 11 years. It’s a wonderful neighborhood within walking distance of two metro stops AND downtown Bethesda. While all of this information is available to you on the various search engines, 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!

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4308 Sleaford Main Exterior4308 Sleaford Road, $739,000
3BR/2.5BA brick colonial with fireplace and attached garage. Expanded kitchen and pretty sun room.  Glorious covered patio overlooking fish pond and terraced garden. Hot tub (it works!). Fresh paint and refinished hardwood floors on both levels- 2011. 1st floor powder room. Basement awaits your finishing touches. This is a GREAT house (as the listing agent, I’m a little biased). Days on Market: 3

 

8621 Terrace Garden Way8621 Terrace Garden Way, $1,068,000
4 Bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 half baths. Refinished hardwood floors, remodeled master bath with marble, and a newer kitchen. Nice deck in the back. 2-car garage. Walk to NIH metro. Recent $27K price reduction. Days on Market: 14

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Pay For Bethesda Parking with Your Cell Phone

said on April 14th, 2011 filed under: Bethesda, Just For Fun

Pay by cell phoneCell phones can now be used to pay for parking at 5,250 County parking meters in Bethesda. By summer, the program will be expanded to include meters in Silver Spring, Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda – for a total of 11,000 parking meters.

To use pay-by-cell, first-time users can register for the program by going online anytime to https://mobile-now.us/ (I just signed up- it’s really easy). Parkers set up an account and indicate which credit card will be used for the parking charges. The step-by-step instructions, printed on each meter, direct parkers to:

• Use a cell phone to call the number posted on the meter.

• Or, send a text message to 32075.

• Follow the phone/text prompts to enter the meter location number (located on the meter decal).

• Select the amount of time desired for parking.

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4308 Sleaford Road BETHESDA MD 20814

said on April 13th, 2011 filed under: Bethesda

UNDER CONTRACT AS OF 4/19/2011

Offered at $739,000

4308 Sleaford RoadThe first time I met with the sellers of 4308 Sleaford Road to discuss the sale of their home, it was about 95° outside and it felt like a swamp.  My eyebrow went up a notch as they invited me out to the covered patio to sit down and discuss business. Turns out I had nothing to fear.  With the fan turning slowly overhead, it was absolutely lovely and surprisingly comfortable, regardless of the temperature.  The setting is idyllic. Surrounded by several stone retaining walls, the garden is a work of art (and so clearly beyond my personal capabilities), which is why it’s such a pleasure to observe. And the fishpond (once featured in a Lilypons catalog) is to die for.  Can you tell that I like the place?

The sellers (who have lived in the house for over 35 years) have done an amazing job of renovating the interior and preparing it for market.  The floors have been sanded, stained and refinished, and the Read the rest of this entry »

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Evers & Company March 2011 Real Estate Report

said on April 11th, 2011 filed under: State of the Market

The March 2011 Evers & Co Real Estate Report

United States Capitol BuildingLast year, March sales were roaring because of the First Time Homebuyer’s Tax Credit, so it isn’t surprising that the dollar volume of sales this March actually declined 3% from last year at this time. Properties stayed on the market 31% longer than last year at this time, again because last spring’s market was fueled by the tax credit.

Those of us involved in the real estate market anticipated that this March would show a great improvement over February, and indeed it did, with a 53% increase in dollar volume of sales. While April 2011 should be even better than this past month, it will be hard to meet the landslide of sales we saw last April with buyers rushing to purchase before the April 30th tax credit deadline. The good news is that the average price of property, which is the last thing to improve in a market recovery, has gone up 11 out the past 12 months, with a whopping 10% increase this month over March 2010.

*Statistics are taken from the Metropolitan Regional Information System for three areas: Washington, D.C.; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church in Northern Virginia. .

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