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Silver Spring Home For Sale with Dramatic Addition

New Silver Spring Listing!

10411 Clinton Avenue, Silver Spring

This classic red brick colonial is conveniently located in Silver Spring, Maryland…less than a mile from the Forest Glen Metro. It features a fabulous kitchen/family room addition that opens on to a multi-level deck. Both the living room and the formal dining room have hardwood floors and crown molding, and there is a wood burning fireplace in the living room. With two remodeled baths, three bedrooms and a wonderful lower level playroom and office nook, this home offers great space and charm.   Feel free to visit me at the open house from 1:00 - 4:00 on Sunday!

Luxury Northwest Washington DC Condo

New Logan/Dupont Area Luxury Condo Listing!

1520 O Street NW #208

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury condo is located in a wonderful area between Dupont Circle and Logan circle.  With a one block walk to Whole Foods, restaurants, shops etc..and a quick stroll to the Dupont Circle Metro, it's no wonder why many people consider this as one of the top neighborhoods in Washington DC.   With a dramatic, light-filled open floor plan, two large bedrooms, a gas fireplace, and other upscale finishes, this 980 square foot unit is one of only 31 in this chic boutique building.  Come see it this Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 PM...and/or take a peak at the link below for photos, location, and additional information.


Chevy Chase View - Kensington Maryland

First a confession - I lived for 20 years in Chevy Chase View.My oldest son was 2 years old when we moved into our fixer-upper on a wonderful, tree-lined street in this special neighborhood.Our second son came home from the hospital to that house and lived there until he went to college.It was the place where we raised our family…so you can take everything else with a grain of salt.

Chevy Chase View is a subdivision in the Kensington Maryland....although not in the Town of Kensington.Chevy Chase View is mostly defined as the area between Connecticut Avenue and Cedar Lane (although there are small portions on the East Side of Connecticut…and on the West side of Cedar), with Cleveland Street on the north andSaul Road on the South.One interesting thing is that the streets run in alphabetical order (if you don’t count Saul) with Cleveland followed by Dresden, followed by Everett, followed by Franklin, then Glenrose and Glenridge (yes, there are two “G’s” which confused many a mailman since there are parallel addresses on those streets).

Chevy Chase View is also unique because of its lot sizes.Although it is just outside of the beltway and considered to be a “close-in” DC suburb, many of its lot sizes are 20,000 feet or more (whereas most lots in the close-in areas are closer to 8000 sq ft).This is something that people seek when they decide they want to live in Chevy...

Building a Home in Bethesda

So what I haven’t shared with my readers is that my husband and I are actually crazy enough to be building a new house in downtown Bethesda. We are “closing in” this week (for those who don’t know the jargon, that means that the county has approved the fact that there are no holes in the exterior and the interior is ready to be dry walled), but it’s been an almost two year journey already. You won’t be subjected to all the messy details (and they are messy…and there are details), but I thought it might be fun to occasionally check in on the progress of this major endeavor.

I’ll fill you in on the background really quickly…just to bring you up to date. We currently live in a townhome in downtown Bethesda, where we literally “walk errands” and we love every minute of it. My husband retired a couple of years ago and was all of a sudden spending a lot of time at home…and missing gardening and open spaces. So, I drew a very small circle and agreed to move back to a single family home as long as it didn’t go outside of that circle. We were fortunate enough to find something (a small Cape Cod on a great lot) and hired an architect for a rehab. Very long story short…the county rejected the plan and sent us back to the drawing board. Once that happened, we decided that we’d do better by tearing down and rebuilding. We hired another architect and went to Plan B...which was approved by the county, but challenged by a neighbor over one foot…and, although we offered to change the plans to concede that one foot, we went thru months of an appeal process that never happened because twice the county appeals board couldn’t meet because of a lack of a quorum. So, back to the architect and on to Plan...

Estimated Future Property Taxes in Montgomery County Website Now Available

As many of you may know, the County Council passed a regulation which requires all homeowners (as of April 1, 2007) to notify prospective buyers of not only the current property taxes, but also the estimated future property taxes. The Council felt that there were home buyers who were surprised to see their property taxes going up after taking possession of a property, and they felt this was something that needed to be disclosed.

The good news is that the County has now released a Tax Disclosure Website to the public. Homeowners who are selling can simply plug in their address and they will be provided with the “estimated post occupancy tax for the 2008-2009 tax year.” I've provided the link for the tax disclosure information below.

It is mandated that the dollar amount of estimated future taxes, be disclosed as follows:

“Estimated tax and non-tax charges in the first full fiscal year of ownership are $_____________.”


New Downtown Bethesda Townhome

Bethesda Real Estate - New Listings Update

Just wanted to share this new listing with everyone.  I blog to stay in touch with friends and to help keep new clients/ prospective clients informed.  But thanks to many of your visits (among other variables I can't pretend to understand), Google seems to be rewarding some of my posts with high rankings.  At least that's what Kevin reports.  Since I'm first and foremost a real estate agent and my main job is to help my buyers and sellers, I figured I should leverage the success to help my clients.  I hope this doesn't seem too self-serving and that you'll enjoy learning about one of my favorite downtown Bethesda communities.  

So here's the info. on the new listing: Located in the desirable City Homes of Edgemoor community, just a block from the Bethesda Metro entrance, this 4 level federal townhome is all about lifestyle and convenience.  With over 200 of Bethesda's fine restaurants within walking distance, this prime piece of real estate also offers great amenities such as a full floor Master BR suite, a two car garage (everyone needs parking in downtown Bethesda!!), a first floor office and an eat-in kitchen.  With a total of 3 bedrooms, two full and three half baths, there is also ample closet space and the unit faces into a quiet courtyard you have the vibrancy of Bethesda literally at your doorstep, yet you have a sense of space and privacy.  It's hard  to find another piece of Bethesda real estate that is as attractively built and sited.  Offered at $1,249,000.     


New HUD Conforming Loan Limits Released!

Washington DC Real Estate Update

So the answer to many prospective home buyer's question has come! I just posted a new entry in my REW blog about the new conforming loan amounts and what that means to those of you looking to buy a home in the DC Metropolitan areaClick here to read all about it! 

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