A child of mine, who shall not be named, doesn’t think that it’s important to vote in this election.  So, I have to make up for it by sharing this public announcement. VOTE!

Voting is easy in Montgomery County with three ways to cast your ballot. For more information, visit the Board of Elections at

New! If you missed the October 18 registration deadline and are qualified, you can register and vote the same day at any of the early voting sites. Just bring a Maryland driver’s license, identification card, learners permit or other proof of residency.

Vote Early

Early voting is available October 27-November 3, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at any of these ten early voting sites: 

  • The Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
  • Damascus Community Recreation Center, 25520 Oak Drive, Damascus
  • Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville
  • Germantown Community Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown
  • Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase
  • Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville
  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring
  • Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Road, Potomac
  • Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring
  • Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad, 2401 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring

Vote by Mail

Any voter can vote by mail. Download the absentee ballot request form and send it to the Board of Elections by November 1 if you want your ballot mailed to you or by November 4 if you want it delivered electronically.

Vote on Election Day

Show up at your local precinct on November 8.

Live Near the Red Line

bigstock_Metro_Station_2305Traffic these days is a miserable thing.  People want to live near Metro so they can stay away from their cars.  So, if you’re looking to buy a house in a neighborhood that’s convenient to the Red Line, search no further. I’ve got the skinny on the best neighborhoods within walking distance of Metro AND within the beltway:

NIH/Medical Center Metro:  Since they closed access to NIH right after 911, your best and only access to the metro stop here is on the east side of the campus just off of Wisconsin Avenue. The closest neighborhoods include the north side of East Bethesda (aka Glenbrook Village), Locust Hill Estates, Alta Vista/Maplewood and Parkview Estates.

  • Glenbrook Village/East Bethesda is a great neighborhood with about 300 homes.  Most of the houses started off as modest colonials and capes, but many have added sizable additions and/or been replaced over the years with new construction.  Houses in this neighborhood start at roughly $600,000 and top off around $1,500,000.  The average walk to metro can range from 5-15 minutes depending on the lights.
  • Locust Hill is a lovely enclave of older, more distinguished homes and larger Read more

Another Cool Real Estate App

house hunterFinding the perfect house just got a little easier.  Or maybe I should say “remembering stuff about your perfect house just got a little easier.” As a real estate agent I see a lot of houses.  Sometimes my recall is spot on (when I’m in my idiot savant mode), but often I get that deer in the headlights look when asked to recall specifics of a property.  It’s a trait I’m sure I share with a lot of people looking for a house.  So… someone got smart and finally designed an app specifically to help you remember your most recent house tour (or even the one that took place 2 months ago).

House Hunter is a pretty nifty little app.  It offers up the ability to go into detail about property features and rate them.  You can take photos of your specific house and add them to the address file.  You can share all the info you’ve gathered with your Read more

Big House/Long Commute?

bigstock_commuting_851453Or, little house/short commute? In the DC market, the closer you live to town, the smaller the house (comparatively speaking). For the same amount of money, your Darnestown mansion is a modest 3-bedroom colonial in Chevy Chase, DC. And while the big house might be a big draw, the commute might kill ya, not to mention the commuting costs.  It’s hard to know what’s best.  Now there’s a cool new tool that helps you calculate your commuting costs based on the year, make & model of your car and the start and stop location.  Check out

As a real estate agent, I’m driving all over the place.  Figuring out my commuting costs is a bit nutty.  But my husband has a very regular commute.  He drives a hybrid car- so I plugged in all the particulars and it turns out he pays approximately $0.86 for the privilege of driving into work every day.  If he were to use my clunker of a minivan, the cost would rise to $1.42 per one-way trip. Big difference.

As a buyer, if you’re weighing the pros and cons of a long vs. short commute, this gadget will help you identify the monetary costs of your potential commute. Can’t measure the time, though.  That stuff is golden.

What’s with Measurements? Buyer Beware


Unless you are buying a condominium or a new house, it’s really hard to know the square footage on any given property around the District of Columbia.  Out-of-town buyers are baffled by this.  My theory as to why square footage isn’t required by the MLS is because someone probably got sued one too many times for providing inaccurate information. And there are a lot of lawyers in DC. Generally, agents do not go out of their way to intentionally misrepresent room sizes, but public records are unreliable, old listing information gets regurgitated without checking, and mistakes happen.

If it’s important to you to get an accurate read on square footage, plan to bring along your tape measure. Sometimes I can guesstimate the size of a house by checking on the public record for the size of the basement.  But like I said before, this information is often faulty, and I don’t like to rely too heavily on it. When the MLS does provide square footage it’s always with a warning: “Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.”  Buyer beware.

Walk to Tenleytown/AU Park Metro


Sadly, this metro is pretty unsightly. Historic Marker much nicer!

Tenleytown-AU Metro is located just inside the district line in what was once a trolley town at the turn of the century. It’s the closest metro stop to American University which is home to roughly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Within walking distance of Tenleytown-AU Metro are BestBuy, the Container Store, a hardware store, a branch of the DC library (recently renovated), Whole Foods and numerous other shops and restaurants. Neighborhoods served by Tenleytown-AU metro include Tenleytown, AU Park, Wakefield/Chevy Chase and North Cleveland Park.

  • American University Park (orange/pink) covers a wide swath of land and is bordered by Mass Ave, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Western (roughly). One bedroom condos start in the high $300’s and single family homes stretch up to $2,000,000. Typical to the area, you’ll find a lot of brick colonials interspersed with some ramblers, the occasional split, and capes. Walk time to metro varies widely, and can range from 5 to 35 minutes. Some bus options exist, particularly along Massachusetts Avenue.
  • Chevy Chase/Tenleytown (purple) is made up primarily of townhouses, condos and single family homes. Back when I lived there, it was known simply as Tenleytown… not sure when the CC snuck in? Read more

Keeping it Under $700,000 in Bethesda

Real Estate in Bethesda is expensive.  Your average 3-bedroom brick colonial home can run around $700,000, and that’s without a lot of frills and family rooms.

So, what does $700,000 OR LESS get you in Bethesda?  I thought I’d high-lite a number of listings that are currently on the market.  I’m focusing in on single family detached homes.  Remember, these are only asking (not getting) prices:

110325185955121111 Valley Road – $599,900
Subdivision: Brookmont
Built: 1928
Acres: 0.09
Live with the groovy hikers, bikers and kayakers. Fabulous location.  Walk to the C&O canal.  Dead end street. Teeny, tiny rooms.  2008 renovation. Nice patio. [space]

6206 Massachusetts Ave6206 Massachusetts Avenue- $630,000
Subdivision: Glen Echo Heights
Built: 1954
Acres: 0.13
Expanded rambler with chef’s kitchen addition.  Mass. Ave is a little busy, but you get more house for your money for the trade off. Walt Whitman School District.[space] Read more

Walk to Friedship Heights Metro

Friendship Heights Metro Entrance AND DC Cornerstone Marker
Walk to Friendship Heights Metro

Face it.  Living near a metro in and @ DC can save you loads of time.  And a lot of people approach their home searches based on proximity to metro.  Friendship Heights offers up a bunch of varied neighborhoods within walking distance… and is unique because it serves both DC and Maryland residents.

Friendship Heights Metro is located at Wisconsin and Western Avenues, right along the District line. Friendship Heights has gone through a little commercial explosion over the past several years and has emerged with some vibrant and upscale eateries, shops, and even a Whole Foods. Neighborhoods included in this “walk-to Friendship Heights Metro” group are Somerset, Friendship Village, Brookdale, Chevy Chase Village, Friendship Heights & Crestview/Greenacres.

  • Somerset (pink) was founded in the early 1900s with 33 frame Victorians which were built on spec. It now is home to over 400 households. The balance Read more

Walt Whitman School Cluster

Walt Whitman High School is located in Bethesda, MD. A lot of people want to live within the Whitman cluster boundary because of the high academic ratings. There are 6 schools that feed into the Whitman cluster:

Bannockburn Elementary School
Bannockburn Elementary School

Bannockburn Elementary School

6520 Dalroy Lane
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301/320-6555
Grades: K-5

Bannockburn ES Website


Bradley Hills Elementary School
Bradley Hills Elementary School

Bradley Hills Elementary School

8701 Hartsdale Avenue
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301/571-6966
Grades: K-5

Bradley Hills ES Website


Burning Tree Elementary School
Burning Tree Elementary School

Burning Tree Elementary School

7900 Beech Tree Road
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301/320-6510
Grades: K-5

Burning Tree ES Website


Carderock Springs Elementary School
Carderock Springs Elementary School

Carderock Springs Elementary School

7401 Persimmon Tree Lane
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301/469-1034
Grades: K-5

Carderock Springs ES Website



Wood Acres Elementary School
Wood Acres Elementary School

Wood Acres Elementary School

5800 Cromwell Drive
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301/320-6502
Grades: K-5

Wood Acres ES PTA Website



Thomas W. Pyle Middle School
Thomas W. Pyle Middle School

Thomas W. Pyle Middle School

6311 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301/320-6540
Grades: 6-8

Pyle Middle School PTA Website


Walt Whitman High School
Walt Whitman High School

Walt Whitman High School

7100 Whittier Blvd.
Bethesda, MD
Telephone: 301/320-6600
Grades: 9-12

Whitman High School Website


For more information on Whitman-cluster homes for sale, please give me a call.

And for more information on the individual schools (calendars, special academic programs, school survey results, menus, how to enroll, etc.) visit

Click here to learn more about neighboring Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School cluster.